STRESSED OR STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR STUDIES?
There could be numerous reasons for this. You may find that once you start your course, it is not really what you expected, or you may feel the pressure is too much. Talk to your Academic Mentors or Course Leader about the problems you are having, as they may be able to help to see if the issues can be resolved. Working out what the problem is will help you decide what to do next.
Think your situation through fully before you take any action. There are a number of support services that may be able to help you. Student Services can help with issues concerning Accommodation, Finances, Funding/debt, Mental Health, Disabilities and Dyslexia, Volunteering, Careers and employment advice. You may also need to consult an International Student Advisor for any visa issues.
If you are thinking of leaving due to problems not directly related to your course (e.g. illness, homesickness, or financial problems) you should contact your School Office who can help you find the support you need.
DON’T RUSH IN DECIDING TO LEAVE.
Ensure you make fully informed decisions. Before you leave you should speak to your Course Leader, and the Student Money and Accommodation Advice for advice about the implications for your student funding and housing.
Once you have considered all the relevant information. If you still wish to leave you should contact your School Office for details on the formal withdrawal process. You must also inform Student Finance England and the Student Loans Company.
More information on withdrawals here.
“I WANT TO TAKE TIME OFF FROM MY STUDIES.”
It’s important that you talk to someone as soon as possible. University staff will try to support you through your course if they are aware that there are problems. If you can, talk to your tutor or Course Leader to discuss your options. Your school will have to agree to you taking time out so you will normally be expected to provide some evidence of the reason for your intermission.
If you don’t feel ready for this, talk the issues through in a confidential interview with a Counsellor or SU Casework Advisor who can help you negotiate the best way forward.
You should consult Student Services for advice about the implications for your student funding, housing contract, and to work out how you will support yourself financially during your time out.
More information on intermissions here.
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