Taking a Term Off / Leaving the UO

F-1 students are required to notify ISSS about any plans to take a temporary leave of absence, withdraw or leave the U.S. permanently. Failure to notify ISSS of your plans may result in the termination of your I-20 SEVIS record.

Temporary Leave of Absence

If you need to take a temporary leave of absence for one or more terms, but plan on returning to the UO in the future, you are REQUIRED to request approval for a temporary leave of absence. There are several types of leaves:

Vacation Term: Allows you to take a term off and remain in the U.S. for all or part of the term. To qualify, you must have been studying full-time for the three terms immediately before the requested vacation term.

Full-Term Leave of Absence: Allows you to take a term off outside the U.S. while keeping an active I-20 SEVIS record. Your leave will be for one term only and you plan to enroll the following term. The deadline to request a full-term leave of absence is Wednesday of week 2.

Partial-Term Leave of Absence: Allows you to take a term off and leave the U.S. while school is in session. Your I-20 SEVIS record will be terminated for authorized early withdrawal but will be reactivated before you return to the UO and enroll the following term. There is no deadline.

Multiple-Terms Leave of Absence: Allows you to take multiple terms off and leave the U.S. Your I-20 SEVIS record will be terminated for authorized early withdrawal. To return to the UO in the future, you must request a new initial I-20 and pay a new SEVIS fee. There is no deadline.

To request a leave of absence:

  1. Log in to iConnect and complete the Take a Term Off eForm.
  2. Log in to Duckweb and request a complete withdrawal of your classes if you want to drop all your classes. You can keep online classes if you want to continue in those classes while you are on your leave of absence.

     
If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with an international student advisor in the Office of International Affairs by calling 541-346-3206 or come to drop-in advising hours, Mondays – Thursdays, 2 - 4pm and Fridays, 10am – 12pm.

Graduate students must first receive permission from the Graduate School for on-leave status.
 

Departure from the UO

If you plan to leave the U.S. permanently and return to your home country, you are REQUIRED to notify International Student & Scholar Services.

  1. Log in to iConnect and complete the Departure Request eForm.
  2. Log in to Duckweb and request a complete withdrawal of your classes if you are registered and want to drop all your classes. You can keep online classes if you want to continue in those classes.

If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with an international student advisor in the Office of International Affairs by calling 541-346-3206 or come to drop-in advising hours, Mondays – Thursdays, 2 - 4pm and Fridays, 10am – 12pm.

Graduate students must notify their UO department and the Graduate School of departure plans.

 

 

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