Interruption of Studies

Students can request to interrupt studies in year or out of year.

The final date for postgraduate students (September 17/18 courses) to submit Interruption of Studies requests is 12:00 noon, Monday 17th September 2018.

If you are intending to claim you should contact your campus Advice Zone to request a Suspension of Studies form and Guidance Notes as the information below is for the Academic Year 2018/19.

Out of year (before enrolment)


Out of year requests can only be made at the end of an academic year and prior to the date you are expected to re-enrol for the new academic year. For USW students studying at the University requests must be made using the Request to Interrupt Studies Form (Out of Year). Forms can be requested in Advice Zone Online. Students at partner institutions or studying University of South Wales courses through distance delivery should email or telephone their course contact.

In year (after enrolment)


If circumstances are making it difficult for you to continue with your course, you can make a request to interrupt your studies. If accepted, your request will allow you to take time out and resume your studies at a later date, usually at the start of the next academic year.

Requests must be made using the Request to Interrupt Studies Form. You can request one in Advice Zone Online. You will receive guidance notes with the form. Please read these carefully and make sure you complete all of the sections of the form that are relevant to you.

You will need to provide evidence of the circumstances that are impacting your studies and your Course Leader must sign the form to confirm that your course will be available next academic year. Students studying on a Tier 4 VISA must also obtain the signature of a USW International and Immigration Adviser (IISA) to confirm that immigration advice has been sought and given.

Advice Zone Online has answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions on Interrupting Studies. Visit Advice Zone Online to read the FAQs, or to submit a question if you do not find the answer that you need. If you would prefer to speak to someone in person you can visit your campus Advice Zone or phone them on 01443 482540.

Notification of the outcome of your request


You will receive notification of the outcome of your request and advice on what to do next via Advice Zone Online. This will normally be within 10 working days of the date you submitted the completed form with supporting evidence to your campus Advice Zone.

Requests to Interrupt Studies are considered under the University’s Extenuating Circumstances Regulations and as such are eligible for Request for Review. The Regulations are available here.

A Request for Review can be made if you feel that there was a procedural error with your claim or if you have new evidence to support your request that was not known or available at the time of your original request.

Requests for Review must be submitted no later than 10 working days from receiving notification of the outcome of your request to interrupt studies. The Request to Review Form is available from Advice Zone Online.

Any questions?

You can use Advice Zone Online to ask us questions, or read one of the many FAQs:

Advice Zone Online

For any student query: if we can’t answer it, we will speak to someone who can.