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Undergraduate Leave of Absence Policy for International Students 

The University of Toronto Mississauga has implemented a new policy that will allow international undergraduate UTM students, starting on May 1st 2019, to take an approved and documented leave of absence from their studies for a maximum of two consecutive academic years. The policy can be found on the Academic Calendar.


Starting on May 1st, 2019, Approved Leaves of Absence will be permitted for international undergraduate students at UTM who have completed at least one academic term (e.g. Fall 2019 or Winter 2020) with academic standing that is not “On Suspension” or “Refused Further Registration.”

Students may request a leave of one term (Fall or Winter) or one academic session (Fall-Winter), for a maximum of two consecutive academic years for the following reasons:

  • Serious health, personal or family issues
  • Issues related to child birth or child care
  • Military service

Please note that the summer academic session is generally not a session students need to have a formal approval.

Who is not eligible?

A leave of absence will not be approved for newly admitted (first-year or transfer) students who have not yet begun their studies at UTM. Please refer to the policy “Deferring Admission” if you are a newly-admitted student unable to begin your studies. We also encourage you to discuss other options with the Office of Registrar.  

Considering Taking a Leave of Absence?

If you are an international student contemplating taking a leave of absence, you must consult with the IEC first. See our hours of operation and learn how to book an appointment with the International Student Immigration Advisor here.