Submitting an Official Leave of Absence or Withdrawal Request
Complete steps 1-2 below, to explore your leave of absence/withdrawal options with the USC staff. If you are sure you want to proceed with a leave or withdrawal, move ahead with step 3. You must complete ALL steps listed for your request to be approved and your University records updated.
Situations can vary and suggested steps/order may be shifted accordingly. Use the information below as a starting point for your process and contact us for personalized assistance. We are here to help.
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
- Leave of absence for external (non-BU) study abroad
- CGS Summer leave of absence (available April – early July)
- Arranging a permanent withdrawal
If you’re considering a leave of absence, take a few moments to review the process steps and timeline for re-enrollment, too:
Step 2: Initial forms and discussion with the USC
Complete the online forms linked below:
Schedule an appointment with the USC staff
At the appointment, 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.
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: Submit your official leave/withdrawal request to the USC for approval
If you decide to arrange a leave of absence or withdrawal for 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.