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Deferment of studies

If you are admitted to a course or programme and want to delay starting your studies, you can apply for deferment of studies.

Permission of deferment of studies is usually granted for the next time the programme is offered, usually in the next academic year, and no longer than 18 months unless there are special circumstances that require longer time.

Please note that the processing time might be longer than usual during the summer.

Reasons for deferment of studies

Deferment of studies may be granted if there are exceptional circumstances. In the regulations of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, it is stated that the reasons for deferment of studies or academic leave may entail social, medical or other particular circumstances, e.g.

  • care of child
  • military service – including basic military education and time-limited trial period service in the Armed Forces
  • student union assignment
  • denied leave of absence for studies from your employer according to the law (1974:981).

Deferment of studies cannot be granted for reasons concerning housing/accommodation or your current economic situation. Before you apply for deferment you must accept your offer as stated in the notification of selection results. Students who are obliged to pay tuition fees have to pay the first instalment of tuition before an application of deferment of studies will be assessed. If your application for deferment is denied, the payment will be refunded.

Deferment of studies with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic

Applications for deferment are assessed individually and are always based on the reason for the application (e.g. closed borders, illness or travel restrictions or other reasons due to the pandemic). A deferral due to the Covid-19 pandemic is not automatically valid. Note that if you are conditionally accepted and cannot fulfill the entrance requirements before the beginning of the semester, you are not eligible for deferment of studies.

Application for deferment of studies

You must submit proof of the reasons for deferment. Certified copies of official documents that supports the circumstances of your case must be submitted. You should also write a letter in which you describe your situation.

Form for application for deferment of studies (opens in the same window)

Print, fill out and send your application to:

University of Gothenburg
Box 100
405 30 Gothenburg

Or scanned, by email to:

If granted deferment

It is important that you follow the instructions in the decision document. When you re-apply you must submit this document to your application.

Frequently asked questions


  • Will I get a conformation that you have received my application of deferment of studies?

    No, you will not get a confirmation. We will contact you if we need further information and when we have your decision ready. We will contact you by e-mail. If you don’t hear from us, please check your spam inbox.

  • When will receive my decision?

    The processing time is up to three weeks.

  • Should I register for the course/programme that I have been submitted to?

    No, do not register, or decline. If you decline you will lose your admission.

  • I have been granted deferment of studies, do I need to contact someone at my department?

    We will contact the department for you. All you have to do is follow the instructions in the decision document.

Page Manager: Section of Admissions|Last update: 6/25/2020

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-10