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Changes in your personal circumstances

Taking a break

Things in life do not always go according to plan. We hope that your time at King’s College London will be an enjoyable experience and, on the whole, stress-free. However, we recognise that everyone goes through difficulties at certain times in their lives, and a break from study may be appropriate.

If you are struggling to engage with the course due to ill health, personal, financial or other reasons, your department may allow you to withdraw from your studies on a temporary basis. This means that you can return to your course the following academic year once you have had time to deal with your problems.

It is unlikely that you will be allowed to remain in your Halls of Residence, continue to receive student funding or be given access to IT facilities during your period of interruption but there may be flexibility depending on your personal circumstances and the reasons for interruption. You should, however, remain in contact with your department and you can access the university Student Services.

Process for interrupting

In the first instance you should speak to your department about your concerns and worries and ascertain how long a break you need and when would be a good time to return to your studies.  There can be practical considerations, especially for students attending clinical placements, which will need to be factored into a suitable return date. 

We recommend that all students considering a break from studies speak to the Advice & Guidance Team to talk through the practicalities of taking a break; this can include your funding, accommodation arrangements and immigration status.  All Tier 4 students are required to see an adviser before their interruption can be finalised as there are significant implications for your student visa and return to study.

Complete the Online form (select 'Initiate Change of Circumstances')

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