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What's the difference between intermitting, discontinuing and withdrawing?


Intermitting and discontinuing from a course

Intermitting means taking an approved break from your studies at Deakin, while keeping your place in the course. Intermission can be taken for up to three active trimesters or two active semesters, which can be non-consecutive. An ‘active’ trimester/semester is one you’re required to be enrolled in as part of you course study plan (usually Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 or Semester 1 and Semester 2, with Trimester 3 being optional unless specified by your course).    

Please note that in response to the impact of COVID-19, intermission taken during the 2020 and 2021 academic years does not count towards this limit.

After your intermission ends, you are expected to return to your studies.

Discontinuing means withdrawing completely from your course and all enrolled units. You will give up your place in this course.

You should seek advice before intermitting or discontinuing from your course, as academic or financial penalties may apply depending on when you intermit or discontinue. You can speak with a Student Adviser from Student Central and visit the Intermit or Discontinue webpage to find out more about intermission and discontinuation.

If you decide to discontinue or intermit then you will need to submit your application through StudentConnect.

Withdrawing from units

If you need to withdraw from one or more of your units, you can do this in StudentConnect within the enrolment steps. You may also want to seek advice before withdrawing from a unit, as academic or financial penalties may apply depending on when you withdraw. 

For more info on withdrawing from units, visit the Change your enrolment details website webpage or speak to a Student Adviser from Student Central.