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Leave of Absence

Continuing classified undergraduate students in good academic standing (fully admitted and neither on probation nor subject to suspension or dismissal) may apply for a leave of absence for a specified period of one or two semesters (summer sessions excluded). Your college or school will need to approve your leave.

You may not take more than two semesters of leave during your undergraduate career; additional semesters of leave will be granted only under exceptional circumstances (i.e. military deployment). Students are advised that they are not officially enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa while on leave.

Note: Graduate and post-baccalaureate unclassified students should check with Graduate Division.

Who may apply for a Leave of Absence

To determine if you meet the conditions for a leave of absence, please review the following guidelines:

Condition Eligibility for Leave of Absence

You have completed your previous fall or spring semester with grades other than “W”

You may apply for a leave of absence

You will not be attending any institution while on leave

You may apply for a leave of absence

You will be attending an institution outside of the United States while on leave

You may apply for an overseas study leave of absence

You will be attending an institution within the United States while on leave

You may not apply for a leave of absence

Note: If you intend to return to the University at a later time, you must apply for readmission by the appropriate deadline. Visit Admissions for more information

You are currently on academic probation

You may not apply for a leave of absence

Note: You may inquire with your college or school’s Advising office for an exception due to extenuating circumstances

You are requesting a leave beyond two semesters (includes all previous leaves of absence)

You may inquire with your college or school’s Advising office for an exception due to extenuating circumstances

See the University Catalog for academic policies on leaves of absence. Undergraduates should consult "Undergraduate Education" and graduate students should consult "Graduate Education."

How to apply for a Leave of Absence

To apply for a leave of absence, submit a completed Leave of Absence Application or Overseas Leave of Absence Application to your college or school’s Advising office.