Submitting an Official Leave of Absence or Withdrawal Request
This page serves as a year-round reminder of leave/withdrawal process steps for (non-Metropolitan College) undergraduate degree candidates.
For Spring 2023 leave / withdrawal requests, work through Steps 1, 2, 2 addendum (if applicable), and Step 3, immediately, using the expandable links below.
The established tuition and housing cancellation schedules apply for undergraduate leaves and withdrawals:
- Tuition cancellation schedule (see “Spring 2023”): https://www.bu.edu/reg/calendars/refund/
- Housing cancellation/refund schedule for undergraduate students can be found within the Terms and Conditions of the 2022-23 Residence License Agreement. Remember, students residing in on-campus housing may take up to 48 hours to vacate their residence and return their keys, following BU Housing’s detailed checkout instructions.
Click the “+” sign next to each step below to view details.
Step 1: Review important information
Review the leave of absence and withdrawal information appropriate to your situation, below. Be sure to jot down notes and questions as you do this.
- Arranging a leave of absence (pre-planned; before the start of the semester)
- Taking a leave of absence after the semester begins
- Planning your return from a leave of absence (only applicable for students who are arranging a leave of absence)
- Medical review process (if your leave is due to medical/health reasons)
Step 2: Initial forms and appointment/discussion with the USC
Complete the online forms linked below:
Schedule an appointment:
- Schedule a Spring 2023 leave/withdrawal discussion with the USC staff now
At these appointments, we’ll chat about your reasons for considering a leave or withdrawal, and discuss relevant implications. We can discuss alternatives to leave/withdrawal (if applicable) and we’ll help you answer those questions you jotted down earlier. At the end of the appointment, you may be ready to move ahead with a leave, you may want to think about things a little more, or you may realize a leave isn’t for you after all. You’ll let us know your thoughts, and we’ll outline your next steps accordingly. If you are moving ahead with a leave or withdrawal, be sure to complete Step 2 Addendum and Step 3.
Step 2 Addendum (for students studying in the U.S. on F-1/J-1 visas)
In addition to discussing your situation with the USC, you must contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO: www.bu.edu/isso/contact/appointment-scheduling-for-students/) to review the immigration implications of your potential leave of absence or withdrawal. Your ISSO advisor will then email the USC to confirm this information has been shared with you. (If you decide not to arrange a leave after speaking with your ISSO advisor, that is fine–simply email us to let us know.)
Step 3: Last form: submit the official leave/withdrawal request to the USC for approval
If you decide to arrange a leave of absence or withdrawal for the current semester or an upcoming semester, you must submit the official request form to the USC, linked below. All the preceding steps above must be completed so we can approve your request and update your records.
You will receive an emailed confirmation three to four business days after processing is complete.
If you are arranging a leave of absence, don’t forget to look through our “Planning Your Return From Leave” pages. If you are interrupting studies for health reasons, you must complete the medical review process as well; you can find details about the necessary steps on our “Medical Review” page.