It's not unusual to think about leaving University. Many students struggle with the change of learning style or living away from home for the first time. This can leave you feeling lonely or out of your depth, whatever your age or background!
Some of the common reasons students think of leaving University include:
Sometimes leaving may feel like the only option available to you, but there are always alternatives to withdrawing from university.
If you are certain of your decision you will need to complete a withdrawal form - DOC 99.5 KB It is important to note that non-attendance on your course is not a formal indication to the University that you wish to withdraw from your studies. It also will not alter any fee implications.
Note that there is a statutory ‘cooling off’ period of 14 days following your receipt of the University’s emailed Offer Letter during which you may withdraw without incurring liability for a Tuition Fee.
You might want to consider some of the following alternatives to dropping out:
Problems on your course? Not sure it's the right subject for you? Facing difficulties?
Here are some actions to consider:
If you feel that your current course is not right for you, taking action and making a change can be a really positive step. We want you to be aware of all your options and any issues that might arise so that you can make an informed choice.
If you feel that you are on the wrong course please contact your personal tutor. We know that making changes to what and where you study is a big decision, that's why support is available to you at every stage from a variety of sources.
Remember that non-attendance does not count as notice that you intend to leave your course. Keep attending your current course, even if you think you don't want to do it anymore. Your attendance can affect your student finance, references and your qualifications.
Due to a variety of personal, family, financial or academic reasons, you may decide you need to reduce your study time
The University's unit framework normally allows you to attend your programme of study on either a full-time or part-time basis.
Before you change from full-time to part-time attendance, you should be aware that:
To stop your studies for the rest of the academic year or to take the next academic year off is called an interruption of studies.
You should discuss this with a Student Engagement Advisor to find out your options, and implications of your decision. You should also speak to your Personal Academic Tutor to check how this will affect your studies.
To interrupt you must fill out an interruption of studies form - DOC 97.5 KB and send it to the Student Engagement Team.
You should be aware that:
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Keep attending your current course as non-attendance does not count as notice that you intend to leave. This will keep your options open if you cannot secure a place at a different university. You should also speak to your personal academic tutor and raise your concerns to see if they can help.
You must speak to a Student Engagement Advisor. They may be able to provide additional support to help you stay on your current course and advise you of other support services. They will also be able to advise you of any academic and financial implications if you decide to leave the University. If you decide to leave, they will be able to sign off your withdrawal of studies form.
You must complete a withdrawal of studies form available from a Student Support reception or on BREO.
Other things you should consider:
This depends on several factors, including when you started studying, what you are studying, what year you will be entering at your new institution and how many years you will study in total.
You may be required to pay part of your loan back to your funding body if you do not start your new course immediately after you withdraw.
If you want to find out about undergraduate courses available at other universities, start with the UCAS website. If you have an institution in mind or if you are a postgraduate student, you can check the institution's website.
Student Engagement Advisors offer confidential and independent advice. You can book an appointment by:
V: visit any SiD desk or the main reception at Milton Keynes campus.