Complete Withdrawal and Leaves of Absence

A leave of absence is when you take a break from your studies for one semester or more. This normally means you must depart the United States. An exception exists when course withdrawal is recommended by a U.S. physician due to a medical condition.

If your DS-2019 was not issued by IUPUI, you should contact your program sponsor for guidelines and instructions on withdrawing from classes.

Withdrawing From Classes

Before withdrawing from classes it is extremely important to obtain advance approval from OIA. This is done by completing the Notification of Complete Withdrawal from Classes e-form in Atlas.

You should use this form:

  • If you are withdrawing mid-semester during Spring or Fall
  • If you will not enroll for a future Fall or Spring semester

It is recommended that you meet with an OIA advisor before completing the form and making any final decisions.

Leave of Absence Due to a Medical Condition

If you will withdraw from classes due to a medical condition, you must apply for OIA permission first. This requires a recommendation from a U.S. licensed physician.

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If approved for a medical leave of absence, you may stay in the United States if you wish. Your SEVIS record will remain active, so you may depart and re-enter the U.S. as needed. Please make sure to inform an OIA advisor of your plans.

Returning to the U.S. after a Leave of Absence

Before returning to the U.S., make sure to contact an international student advisor to make sure that your SEVIS record is active and your DS-2019 is properly endorsed. OIA will request copies of your new I-94 upon your return.

Applying for Re-admission to IUPUI after a Leave of Absence

If you have been absent from IUPUI for 2 semesters or more, then you are required to apply for re-admission as a returning student.

If you were forced to take a leave of absence due to academic dismissal, then you will need to apply to your academic school for a reinstatement of your academic status.


If you have questions about how your absence will affect your status at IUPUI, or if you wish to discuss your plans in greater detail, you may call OIA at 317-274-7000 to make an appointment with an advisor, or email an advisor at