Defer my offer - Section contents
If you need to start your studies later than originally planned, you may be eligible to defer your course commencement for up to one year.
Can I defer my offer?
If you have received an offer for a degree (course), you may be eligible to defer your studies to a future date. Not all courses have the option to defer and deferrals are not automatically granted. If your deferral application is approved you are not permitted to undertake other tertiary study during your deferral period.
Deferral is possible in select courses commencing in Semester 1 (start-year entry). A list will be published below closer to the upcoming Semester 1 intake, which you will need to check for your course to see if you’re able to apply.
You will be notified of the outcome of your deferral application by email.
If your deferral is not approved, you will need to either commence on the original start date, or reapply at a later stage when you are ready to commence study.
Deferral is not possible for any courses commencing in Semester 2 (mid-year entry).
All deferral applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the faculty, on the basis of the information provided in the deferral application form.
Some graduate coursework programs like the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine do not offer deferral options at all unless evidence of extenuating circumstances is provided. All deferral application assessments are made at the graduate school level and commencing students who are considering course deferrals are advised to contact admissions staff at the relevant graduate school for deferral possibilities.
If you are a graduate research candidate who wishes to discuss options for deferring the commencement of your candidature, please contact the graduate research administrator for your graduate school or faculty.
Note that deferring to the following year is not usually permitted. You can apply to defer your commencement from Semester 1 to Semester 2 of the same year.
How to apply
You can apply to defer online.
Returning from deferral (domestic students)
If you defer your course, you will be contacted by email prior to the start of the intake you have deferred to with information about accepting your deferred offer and commencing your studies.
International students: for instructions on returning from deferral please refer to the FAQ section below (‘Will I receive a new offer letter or a new Confirmation of Enrolment?’).
- Semester 1 intake: you will be contacted by the end of November
- Semester 2 intake: you will be contacted by the end of May
To avoid missing important emails, please ensure your email address is current. We advise you to use a personal email account (e.g. Gmail) and not a high school or work account.
You can check and update your email address via my.unimelb:
- Login to my.unimelb with your username (ie jsmith, not 123456)
- Select the ‘Student admin’ tab
- Select the ‘Personal details’ tab or scroll down to the ‘My personal details’ section
- Click on the ‘Go to my personal details’ button
- Update details
- My email addresses: Personal
- To edit your email address, please press the Edit button and then Save.
If you need assistance please call Stop 1 @ 13 MELB (13 6352) and select option 2.
Frequently Asked Questions
All deferral applications are considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the faculty, on the basis of the information provided in the deferral application form.
If a deferral is approved, you will be advised by email. You will not be required to complete your administrative or subject enrolment until you return from your deferral.
If your deferral is not approved, you will need to either commence on the original start date or reapply at a later stage when you are ready to commence study.
If you have been made an offer for a place at the University of Melbourne you can apply to defer your course for up to 12 months. Once your deferral period has ended you will have the opportunity to apply to extend the deferral period as appropriate.
If you're a domestic undergraduate student and deferred your studies to work towards gaining independent status under Youth Allowance eligibility criteria, you may extend your deferral period of six months to 12 months. The period of extension will depend on your preference and structure of the course you have chosen.
If your deferral application is successful and you are also an international student:
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You will receive a new offer letter with your new start date
You will need to meet the conditions of your offer in order to be issued with a new offer letter with your new start date
Conditional (sponsorship/other purposes)
If you require a new conditional offer for sponsorship purposes or for a package of courses, please contact Admissions:
If you defer the commencement of your study, and you have already been issued a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE), your COE will be cancelled and re-issued to reflect your new commencement date. You will need to submit your new acceptance agreement before your COE is re-issued. International students residing in Australia on a student visa and not continuing studies at the University of Melbourne will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs.
Students who have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for 2019, and who wish to defer this place until 2020, may be affected by the proposed changes to Higher Education Funding.
If you are a scholarship recipient who is deferring your offer, check your scholarship offer email to find out how deferring impacts your scholarship.