There are various and many reasons why you might want to withdraw from your programme and/or leave the university. It is important that you talk through your concerns and worries, and determine if this is the right path for you.
If you are experiencing a crisis, taking a break from your studies may be best, and gives you the option to return to the programme at a later date. If this isn't suitable for you, you can withdraw at a later time.
If you're considering leaving your programme we recommend that you read our article I'm not sure if I should leave my programme or just take a break in detail, because it addresses the various implications that you need to be aware of. If you're an international studying on a visa, please pay particular attention to the section on Visa implications, and consult with the Visa & International Advice team before withdrawing.
Reading this guidance is to ensure that you are making the right decision for you, and that you are aware of any problems you might have as a consequence of withdrawing or taking a break from your studies. For example, your eligibility for future funding or your immigration status (if you are an international student) could be affected.
For more detail on considerations and the impact of withdrawing, please refer to:
- I’m an undergraduate thinking of withdrawing from my studies: what do I need to consider?; OR
- I'm a postgraduate thinking of withdrawing from my studies: what do I need to consider?
Once you have decided you would definitely like to leave the university, then you should read about and follow the process for registration changes outlined on the relevant intranet section:
- Undergraduate changes to registration
- Postgraduate Taught changes to registration
- Postgraduate Research changes to registration
After this, you will need to complete the Change of Circumstances form on Student Records, selecting 'Initiate Change of Circumstances'.
If you're struggling with life at university, having difficulties managing your studies, making friends or struggling with your wellbeing, please refer to these articles for help and guidance: