Students may be granted leave of absence for the following reasons:
- Medical Reasons
Students who are applying for medical leave of absence for one semester (term) or more must consult the University's Health Physician (University Health Centre). An assessment will be conducted to determine if the student is indeed unfit to study for the semester(s) and this will be sent to the relevant Faculty/School.
In general, a student who is granted leave of absence on medical grounds during a semester will be given “IC” grades for all modules taken in that semester.
- Academic reasons
Leave may be granted for students to participate in other external academic activities like conference and fieldwork.
Unlike students on leave of absence due to other reasons, students who are away for conference or fieldwork are still active in their candidature. Students should refer to their respective Faculty/School for conference/fieldwork leave application procedure.
If the period of the fieldwork is one semester (term) or more, the leave should not be submitted via the online Leave of Absence System at the NUS Education Records System.
- Personal reasons
Leave may be granted for students to participate in activities such as competitions, sports, seminars, and community services, to start-up a company or to attend to personal matters (including maternity leave). Such students are encouraged to purchase travel insurance for their personal leisure trips. More information on this can be found here.
Students are advised to plan ahead to decide if they want to take term leave, taking into consideration the impact on fees, maximum candidature, normal candidature, scholarship, modules, hostel, insurance coverage, etc, where applicable.
Students contemplating on applying for leave of absence are strongly advised to consult their Department or Faculty advisor on the
possible impact to their course of study. If during the period of leave of absence, rules relating to his/her candidature are amended, the student must expect to be governed under the amended rules upon his/her return from leave.
It is the student's responsibility to notify the relevant Departments/course instructors regarding absences from scheduled academic activities. Students who are absent for an extended period without first obtaining approval for leave will be regarded as being absent without permission and are liable to have their registration status terminated.