Withdraw from your course

'Course withdrawal' refers to you permanently withdrawing from your entire course at VU. If you decide to resume your studies in that course in the future, you would need to reapply.

Withdrawing from a course is not a decision to be made lightly. We encourage you to discuss your options with a student advisor or other support services before you withdraw.

Alternatives to withdrawal

Support Services can offer a range of alternatives to withdrawing from your course.

There are several options that may help you to remain enrolled at VU:

Deadlines for withdrawal

To avoid financial and/or academic penalties, you need to withdraw by the published census date deadlines for the relevant study period.

If you have paid your fees in full and you are withdrawing from the course by the relevant census date, you may be eligible for a refund.

You can contact VUHQ if you need additional course information or don’t know which census date applies to you.

International student withdrawal

International students on a student visa need to comply with visa condition 8202. This condition requires students to stay enrolled in a CRICOS-registered course.

Once your course withdrawal has been approved and processed, your CoE will be cancelled and VU will notify the Department of Home Affairs of the change in your enrolment. You must leave Australia within 28 days of your CoE cancellation.

If you are withdrawing from the course by the relevant census date or have paid fees in advance, you may be eligible for a refund. For more information on refunds, check out the International Refunds Policy.

It is important that students understand that a course withdrawal is not considered a release. Find out more about Release - Transferring to another provider if you are intending to leave VU and study at another institution.