How to defer your offer

If you're going to defer, you don't need to enrol.

Before you apply to defer

Be aware that courses are under continual review. If you apply to defer, your course may be revised, discontinued or cease to be accredited during your deferment. If this happens, we'll make every attempt to provide the original program. If this isn't possible, we reserve the right to offer you a place in an equivalent or near-equivalent course. For some science courses, your progress may be delayed if you commence your course mid-year, depending on the areas you wish to study. This will need to be discussed with your Course Coordinator.

Graduate research candidates: deferral may affect the availability of academic supervision and any scholarships awarded. This may need to be approved by the Board of Graduate Research.

Who can defer?

Subject to your College's deferment rules, you can defer if:

  • you haven't started your course
  • you haven't completed a subject
  • the census date for the subject/s you're enrolled in hasn't passed
  • you're not a recipient of a Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).

If you have completed and obtained results for a subject/s, or the census date has passed for any of the subject/s you're enrolled in, you can apply for a Leave of Absence if you're experiencing significant difficulties in your personal or academic life – be it financial, emotional, medical, employment or study-related.

If you have transferred courses and need to take leave from your studies, you can apply for a Leave of Absence (not a deferral).

How to defer

2019 deferrals

Deferral approval table

The below table shows undergraduate and postgraduate courses that can be deferred, by discipline and the length of deferral.

Note: Anyone seeking deferral outside the relevant discipline guidelines should contact ASK La Trobe. You will need to formally request an extension outlining the rationale and provide supporting documentation (if relevant) for consideration. These requests are generally only considered for extenuating circumstances.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) is not available for deferral.

School / College6 months – (until Semester 1, 2020)1 year (until Semester 2, 2020)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
(ASSC)

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of International Relations (ABIR)
All courses.
School of Education
(ASSC) 

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (Outdoor Education) (RHAOE)
All courses.
La Trobe Law School
(ASSC) 
All courses.All courses.
La Trobe Business School 
(ASSC) 
All courses.All courses.
School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport
(SHE)
All courses.All courses.
School of Applied Systems BiologyAll courses.All courses.
School of Cancer Medicine
(SHE) 
All courses.All courses.
School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
(SHE) 

All courses.

Please note the following require Course Coordinator approval:

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) (SHCE/SHCEB)

All courses.

Please note the following require Course Coordinator approval:

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) (SHCE/SHCEB)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Industrial) (SHENI/SHENIB)
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) (SHBIY)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours (SHCS) and Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) (SHINT)
School of Life Sciences
(SHE) 

All courses.

Please note the following require Course Coordinator approval:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours (SHARS)
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours (SHAV/SHAVW)
  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours (SHSWCB/SHSWCW)

All courses.

Please note the following  require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours (SHARS)
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours (SHAV/SHAVW)
  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours (SHSWCB/SHSWCW)
School of Molecular Sciences
(SHE) 
All courses.All courses.
School of Nursing and Midwifery
(SHE) 
All courses.All courses.
School of Psychology and Public Health
(SHE) 
All courses.All courses.
La Trobe Rural Health School
(SHE) 
All courses.All courses.
College of Science, Health and Engineering
(SHE) 
All courses.

All courses.

Please note:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (SHS/SHSB/SHSW) only have the following majors available at mid-year intake:  agriculture, botany, chemistry, computer science, ecology, environment & evolution, environmental geoscience, mathematics, physics, statistics.
  • Graduate Diploma in Science (SGSC) only have the following majors available at mid-year intake: statistics, ecology, environment and evolution.

Note: Anyone seeking deferral outside the relevant discipline guidelines should contact ASK La Trobe. You will need to formally request an extension outlining the rationale and provide supporting documentation (if relevant) for consideration. These requests are generally only considered for extenuating circumstances.

Need help deferring?

Call: 1300 LA TROBE (1300 528 762). International students call: (+61 3) 9479 1199.

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