Defer or change your course

Defer your studies

If you decide to delay your course commencement date, you have the option to apply to defer your studies.

Generally, Monash allows deferment of study up to a maximum of twelve months, or longer in exceptional circumstances.

Deferment approval is subject to the course availability in the next / future intake and your reason(s) to defer. We do not grant your request automatically; we need to approve it. If we approve your request to defer, you will receive a new offer letter and start date.

If evidence of your English proficiency has expired before the new deferred intake, you will be required to provide us with new evidence, such as a new Monash approved English proficiency test results, and meet the new English requirement that prevails for the new intake.

If you are an international student under a student visa, when submitting a deferral request, you are required to provide us with reasons for the deferral request and evidence to support your claim (when applicable). Your visa however would not be cancelled if the deferral is for compassionate or compelling reasons. ‘Compassionate or compelling’ circumstances are generally those beyond your control and which have an impact upon your course progress or wellbeing.

If you request to defer your course commencement date more than 12 months, you may be required to submit a new application, in which case you will be required to provide us with details of additional studies or work activities undertaken during the deferment period.

You can send your deferral request to

Change your course preference

If you want to change your course preference, please complete the change of course preference form and return it to