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 Your offer to study at the University of Melbourne may be withdrawn if you undertake tertiary study while deferred.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.

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.

Further information for specific cohorts

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).