Current student forms
- Bachelor of Arts (PDF)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (PDF)
- International Guest Student Program (PDF)
- Domestic Guest Student Program (PDF)
- Non-Degree Undergraduate (PDF)
- Organizational Dynamics Programs (PDF)
- Post-Baccalaureate Studies and Penn Alumni Program (PDF)
- Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs (PDF)
- Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (PDF)
- Master of Environmental Studies (PDF)
- Master of Science in Applied Geosciences (PDF)
- Master of Chemical Sciences (PDF)
- Master of Liberal Arts (PDF)
Leave of absence policy
Students take time away from their studies for a wide variety of reasons including:
- To manage a medical concern
- To fulfill a family obligation
- To pursue career-related opportunities
- To complete military service
- To work on a political campaign
While interrupting your studies to take time away may seem intimidating, a leave is a means to the successful completion of a degree, not a barrier to graduating. More than three-quarters of students who take a leave return to complete their degree within two years.
If you are considering a leave, take time to think carefully about your goals for your time away and for when you return. Speaking with an LPS program director is an important first step. Depending on your circumstances, you should get advice from other sources as well. Students taking time away in order to manage a medical condition should discuss the leave with their healthcare provider. Your LPS program director will help you connect with other campus resources as you prepare to take a leave of absence, such as Student Financial Services, Housing, and International Student and Scholar Services.
Students typically take a leave for a full academic year. Individual circumstances may require more or less time; the length of the leave is determined by the school. Students on leave should remain in contact with their LPS program director and update them about changes in plans. The return from leave process supports students in a successful re-entry to academic life at Penn. When preparing to return, students must consult their LPS program director to develop a plan that includes the connection with appropriate resources.