Defer your offer

Students who receive an offer may apply to defer the commencement of their studies. Requests for deferral are not granted automatically and cannot be approved to allow the commencement of another tertiary course. Your offer to study at the University of Melbourne may be withdrawn if you undertake tertiary study while deferred.

Apply to defer online


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. You will be notified of the outcome of your deferral application by email. You must apply for deferral by the offer lapse date – for Round 1 VTAC offers this is 29 January 2016.

If your deferral is approved you will not have an effective enrolment at the University until after the deferral has been completed. This means you will be subject to the tuition fee/Commonwealth supported place arrangements applicable in your commencing year and the fees you pay on commencement will be those set for the year in which you begin your studies.

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.

Domestic Undergraduate Students

Course Deferral possible in Semester 1?* Course Deferral possible in Semester 1?*
Agriculture Yes Fine Arts (all Streams) No
Arts Yes General Studies No
Arts (Chancellor’s Scholars Program) Yes Music No
Arts (Extended) No Music (Chancellor’s Scholars Program) No
Biomedicine Yes Oral Health Yes
Biomedicine (Chancellor’s Scholars Program) Yes Science Yes
Commerce Yes Science (Chancellor’s Scholars Program) Yes
Commerce (Chancellor’s Scholars Program) Yes Science (Extended) No
Environments Yes Urban Horticulture Yes
Environments (Chancellor’s Scholars Program) Yes    

*Applications to defer are not accepted for the mid-year (Semester 2) intake.

Opportunities to extend the deferral period

Students who successfully defer their studies in order to work towards gaining independent status under Youth Allowance eligibility criteria may extend their deferral by a period of six to 12 months. The period of extension will depend on the student's preference and the structure of the course they've chosen.

Students made an offer for a place at the University of Melbourne will continue to initially apply to defer their commencement for up to one year. At the end of the year they will have the opportunity to apply to extend the deferral period as appropriate.

Further information for specific cohorts

Graduate coursework students

Some graduate coursework programs such as the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine do not offer deferral options at all unless evidence of an exentuating circumstance 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 schools for deferral possibilities.

Graduate research candidates

If you are a graduate research candidate who wishes to discuss options for deferring the commencement of your candidature, please contact your graduate research contact for your graduate school.

International students

If deferral is granted and you have a student visa at the time of application the University will issue a new Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and notify the Department of Immigration and Border Control (DIBP) of the change.

Domestic undergraduate students

Policies relating to deferral

Refer to the University of Melbourne Enrolment Policy (MPF1294).