Leave of Absence

Requesting a Leave of Absence

The student must contact their advising dean before the semester in which they would like to take a leave of absence. A student cannot take a Leave of Absence for more than two consecutive semesters. If the student is planning to study elsewhere during their leave, the dean of the student's college may approve the leave as a "Study Leave" in order for the credits (classes) to be transferred to the University of Notre Dame. A leave can be granted for the following reasons depending on the student's level:

  • Undergraduate students: Study, Athletic training, Military, Mission work
  • Graduate students: Study, Athletic training, Military, Mission work, Medical, and Personal

Further information regarding the Leave of Absence Policy can be found in the Academic Code or the Compendium of Guidelines and Policies for the 2020/2021 Academic Year.

Leave of Absence Request eForm

Students on a leave of absence will register for classes for their return term at the same time they normally would as if they were on campus.  An e-mail will be sent approximately 2-1/2 weeks before registration. An advising appointment time should also be set up by the student at this time (if this has not taken place before the leave began).  The student's registration time ticket is available on insideND. The student should check insideND and "Browse Classes" for the most up-to-date information regarding course offerings. 

If the student wishes to live on-campus upon their return, they should contact the Office of Housing by email or call (574) 631-5878 for placement onto a waiting list.

Any unpaid balance due on the student's account from a prior semester must be resolved before their return to Notre Dame. Contact the Office of Student Accounts at (574) 631-7113 or 124 McKenna Hall.

If the student does not expect to return to the University or has any questions, please contact Kate O'Brien, (574) 631-5347.