Returning From Leave

Submit a Request for Return to Studies

Deadline to notify an Academic Advising Dean in the College of your request to return for studies from a personal leave:

Returning for Semester 1 / Fall :  April 1
Returning for Semester 2 / Spring:  October 1

In order to request a return from personal leave, go to the Advising Side Kick portal (, and then go to the "Student Petitions" tab; select "Personal Leaves" and then "My Return Requests."  The College staff will review return requests after the deadline and will be in touch with all students who have requested to return.

Deadlines to return from leave are typically more stringent than deadlines to declare a leave, in order to ensure on-campus housing options and the ability to pre-register for classes. If you have missed the deadline, please contact Dean Peggy Chang or another Academic Advising Dean.

Please note: The recent announcement notes that students returning from a leave are no longer being charged a $70 readmission fee.

Medical leaves

File for readmission to the Office of Student Life (Graduate Center E).  Please visit the Office of Student Support Services website for more information.

After being cleared to return...

Consider this worksheet as you plan for your transition back.

Make sure you have followed this checklist.

And notify these offices with your questions:

Curricular Resource Center
Campus Center, Room 228, x3-3013

We’d love you to stop by and let us know about your adventure away.

Office of Insurance and Purchasing Services

Contact this office to enroll in Brown’s Student Health Insurance plan, or determine whether you are eligible to waive it if you are under a different plan already.

Office of Financial Aid
Page-Robinson Hall, 2nd Floor, (Box 1827), x3-2721

If you are requesting Financial Aid, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid at the earliest possible date, to make your need known and to request complete application materials. Remember that some parts of the application are due as early as Feb 15th.

Office of Residential Life
Grad Center E, 42 Charlesfield Street, Box 1864, x3-3500

Students are urged to make housing arrangements before taking a leave of absence, if possible, and no later than February 1 if returning for Semester 1, or December 1 if returning for Semester II.

Registrar's Office
Page-Robinson Hall, 3rd Floor, x3-2500

To transfer course credit for work completed elsewhere, have the institution at which you studied send an official transcript of your work directly to Brown's Office ot the Registrar, Brown University, Box K, Providence, RI 02912. If your transfer courses require post-approval from departments or concentrations, contact the appropriate faculty members a.s.a.p. after your return. 

Office of International Student & Scholar Services
Page-Robinson Hall, 5th Floor, Room 510, x3-2427 (for International Students)

Look into issues relating to your student visa or immigration status if you are studying at Brown on a student visa.

Brown Dining Services
144 Thayer Street, x3-3343

Contact Dining Services to enroll in a meal plan.

Loan Office
Room 214, Page-Robinson Hall, x3-3296 

Contact the Loan Office if you have questions regarding previous or future loans.

Student Accessibility Services
20 Benevolent St, Box P x3-9588

Meet with the SEAS office if you are wondering about psychological, physical, and learning disabilities, and seeking additional information and services to assist you.