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Graduate students are required to maintain continuous enrollment. If you find it necessary to interrupt your studies, you must apply for a leave of absence. During a leave of absence you are not enrolled and should not use any of the University’s facilities or resources, or undertake academic or research work related to your program. International graduate students who are on a study permit should consult with SFU International Services for Students prior to applying for the leave.
You are eligible to take three personal leaves for any reason through the duration of your program. Typical examples include extended holidays, work opportunity, or due to financial reasons.
You are eligible for up to three terms in a row of parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Documentation is required such as a doctor's note or birth certificate.
You are eligible for up to three terms in a row for a single medical condition that impacts you. Documentation is required. If you require more than three terms, it is recommended that you withdraw from your program and re-apply when you are able.
Up to three terms may be taken for bereavement, a medical condition impacting a family member, or other extenuating circumstances. Supporting documentation is required.
Students in non-thesis programs are eligible to take an academic break if no courses are being offered in their program that term (typically in the summer). Only one academic break can be taken per calendar year and a student must have been enrolled in the term prior to the academic break and must enroll in the term after the academic break.