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Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence may only be granted to students during the following periods:
  • The start of the first semester until the 15th of September
  • The start of the second semester until the 15th of March
The duration of this leave of absence has no limitations.

A leave of absence request form must be submitted to the Student Affairs office along with the required documents of proof (e.g. military service documentation).

No tuition fees will be charged for the duration of the authorized leave. A tuition refund will be made based on the tuition refund criteria. The enrollment fee is not refundable.

During the leave of absence, the student will not be considered as a GUGC student and loses access to all GUGC facilities and digital services. When a student terminates the enrollment (via leave of absence) he/she will also no longer be subject to the transitional measures that were granted for that student due to a program change.

Return from a Leave of Absence

Between the 1st of July until the 15th of August before the start of the academic year in which the student wishes to continue their studies, the student must notify Student Affairs by submitting a Return from a Leave of Absence form.

Exceptionally, students who took a Military Leave of Absence are allowed to return during either semester of the Academic Year and should submit the Return from a Leave of Absence form between the 1st of January until the 15th of February or between the 1st of July until the 15th of August during or before the start of the Academic Year in which the student seeks to return.

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the related application deadlines for housing and scholarships.

If the leave of absence period began within a semester, the student will restart classes from the beginning of that same semester in the education program. The returning student is subject to the current version of the academic program upon his/her return. However, the Curriculum Committee may allow a personalized learning path for the student if applicable.

Students will pay the current enrollment fee and tuition fee if it has been changed since the start of their leave of absence.