Defer your offer

If you have received an offer to study at the University of Melbourne, you may be eligible to defer your place to commence your studies at a later date. Not all courses allow the option for deferral, and applications for deferral are not automatically granted. If your deferral application is approved, you are unable to undertake other tertiary study during your deferral period. You are encouraged to check your eligibility before applying.

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).