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Vacation and Leave of Absence

International students are required to register full time course load at all times unless given approval to do otherwise.

There are three types of leave an international student can take:

  • Vacation
  • Temporary Leave of Absence and,
  • Leave of Absence

Before student decides which leave to take, he or she should make an appointment with an ISSS advisor and seek advice and find out if his or her non-immigrant status is valid to take a particular leave. Once the student decides which leave to take, the student must then go see his or her academic advisor to receive approval for the type of leave the student has selected.


In order to be eligible for a vacation term the student must have been registered for three consecutive terms. While on vacation the student can remain in the United States and not take any classes.  If the student has started his or her first term with Drexel either in Winter or Spring term the student is also eligible for a vacation in the summer term.

Temporary Leave of Absence

For Temporary Leave of Absence, the student will be able to not take any courses and still maintain an active non-immigrant status as long as the student is outside of the United States for one term. In order to be eligible for this leave, the student must provide a travel itinerary that shows that student will be outside of the US for one term. The itinerary should be submitted with the Temporary leave of absence form.

Regular Leave of Absence

For a regular Leave of Absence, the student’s non-immigrant status will be completed and the student will need to receive readmission from the University and apply for an F-1/J-1visa again prior to entering the United States.

If you are requesting a vacation or leave of absence please email prior to the beginning of the quarter you will be taking off.

It will take up to 48 hours to complete your request.