Many Brown students leave the University for a semester or even a year to pursue internships, to participate in service work in the United States or abroad, or to engage in other work that complements their academic study. To explore the idea of leave-taking, attend a leave-taking session in the Curricular Resource Center (CRC), or talk to a CRC peer counselor.
Students studying at Brown on a visa must consult with an OISSS advisor to discuss the implications of a leave of absence for their immigration status and/or student visa.
Filing for a leave
Once you have an idea of what you might do on a leave, meet with an academic dean to discuss your plans and to request that the necessary paperwork be filed. It is essential that you understand how a leave might affect your academic progress and degree completion plans before taking your leave. Please note that students who are on any kind of leave for more than five years are not guaranteed readmission to Brown.
Students on personal leave for fewer than five years may contact the Dean of the College office no later than April 1 to return in the subsequent fall. To return in the spring, contact the DOC no later than October 15. These deadlines allow readmitted students to participate in online pre-registration for the semester of their return.
Students on any kind of leave for more than five years must apply for permission to return to Brown by February 1 for fall semester readmission and by July 1 for spring semester readmission. Students on a personal leave or academic suspension should contact Deputy Dean Christopher Dennis for instructions. Students who left Brown on a medical should contact Dean Maria Suarez in the Office of Student Life.
Students who wish to withdraw from Brown permanently must meet with either Dean Christopher Dennis or Dean Kathleen McSharry. The dean will help ensure that the student is making a fully informed decision and complete the necessary paperwork. Withdrawal may have financial aid and tuition implications. Students considering withdrawal should know about these issues and consider them carefully before deciding to withdraw.