We're here support you
Studying for a degree can be challenging and it may feel like a change is the right thing for you. If you're thinking of taking a break, or leaving Kent, we're here to support you and give you the advice you need to help you make an informed choice.
- Talk to an adviser at Student Support and Wellbeing
- Talk to an adviser at Kent Union Advice Centre
- Talk to our mental health support partners
Your Divisional support team can also guide you through which forms you need to fill in and who you need to notify.
If you feel that you need a change, you have different options:
Taking an intermission
An intermission is an authorised break from your studies for a set period of time, normally for no more than one year at a time. Intermitting is intended to relieve you of a disadvantage and does not change your exam results, nor the overall length of time you will spend at the University. It also leaves the door open for you to re-join your course where you left off.
Whilst intermitting, you can access some support but are not deemed an active student, so there may be implications for your accommodation, finance and visa statuses as well as for services you can access such as the Careers and Employability Service, Library, and Student Support and Wellbeing.
Common reasons for intermitting include:
- Health reasons (mental or physical)
- Maternity/Paternity/Adoption/Shared Parental Leave
- Employment opportunities
- Extra-curricular activities eg elite sport/art/music related opportunities
- Financial circumstances
- Military service
- Intercalated year
An intermission is a serious step to take and should only be considered with reasonable care and consideration for the risks. Before requesting an intermission, we encourage you to speak to our support services: Student Support and Wellbeing or Kent Union Advice Centre.
Before you return from intermission
Before returning from intermission, please contact your Division's Engagement Support team so that they can advise you about support available.
You may need to provide a letter or fit note from your medical professional/doctor. If this is not possible, you may need to provide a statement explaining that you are fit to resume your studies. If you have a long-term medical condition, you are advised to contact Student Support and Wellbeing to ensure that ongoing support can be put in place.
Before taking an intermission, you must contact your Division to ensure that you have been advised appropriately and that the University is aware of your plans.
How to request an intermission
If you are thinking about going on intermission, please speak to your Division's Engagement Support team in the first instance and they will advise you of which form you should complete. Some Divisions may ask you to complete the Leave to Intermit application form, which is found below along with the full intermission procedure guidance. Please note that this form is not applicable to Postgraduate Research students.
Your intermission will be recorded from your last date of attendance. The last date of attendance is defined as the last date that you attended your course. Being in attendance on a course is defined by the Student Loans Company as "active and ongoing engagement with the activities and learning opportunities made available by the provider within the course duration, including, but not limited to, scheduled learning and teaching activities". Emails to you, meetings with your senior tutor and completing work in your own time would not be deemed as being in attendance.
If you do not inform your Division that you wish to intermit, you may be charged tuition fees.
If you accepted an offer to live on campus or are living in on campus accommodation, it is your responsibility to inform the University's Accommodation Office of your intermission (even if you have not checked into your room) or you may continue to be charged accommodation fees.
As per the terms and conditions of your agreement, if you are officially intermitting or opting to take resits without attending, your room agreement and accommodation fees will be ended early subject to a four week notice period. Your date of departure should be within four weeks of your date of intermission, as non-registered students are not permitted to live in university accommodation.
You must return your key/fob to reception when you leave (or to the reception’s out of hours drop box). If you do not vacate your room and return your room key/fob, it will be assumed that you are occupying the accommodation and will continue to be charged for the use of your accommodation until the room is vacated and the key/fob is returned. Handing in your key is not sufficient notification of an intermission.
Once your intermission has been approved, the Student Record Administration Office informs the Student Loans Company. However, we do recommend that you contact the Student Loans Company yourself to determine how this intermission will affect your funding and the tuition fees you will have to pay when you return to the University.
The Financial Aid Office can offer further assistance with any funding queries you may have.
Change of visa status
If you hold a visa to study in the UK, please read our immigration intermission guidance.
Access to support services when intermitting
Can I keep seeking support from Student Support and Wellbeing while I intermit?
Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) services at Kent are available to current students only, with the exception of Postgraduate students who intermit for less than 6 weeks. Students who are intermitting cannot access appointments with Student Support and Wellbeing staff or DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) funded activity such as mentoring and study skills appointments while they are intermitting.
What if I’m in the middle of counselling at Kent?
If you are currently receiving counselling at Student Support and Wellbeing, your sessions will continue until they can be concluded safely. If you are on a waiting list for counselling when you intermit, you will remain on the list be able to access counselling when you return to studies.
Where can I get support?
Kent staff are happy to refer students to appropriate external services for support, such as NHS and national and local charity services.
How can I prepare my support to return?
Please contact SSW to book an appointment with your adviser before your return to study, so you can discuss any changes or support needed to help you transition back into university.
Withdrawing from the University
Whilst we hope that you enjoy your experience at Kent, we understand that sometimes it may not be the right choice for you. If you have explored all of your options and decided it’s right for you to withdraw, please read through the below information so that you know how to inform the relevant staff.
How to withdraw from your studies
If you wish to withdraw from the University, you should speak to your Division in the first instance. Once you have discussed your withdrawal with your Division, you will need to complete the withdrawal form (see button below) and return it to your Division.
Leaving without telling anyone or, if you are in campus accommodation, just handing in a key is not sufficient notification of a withdrawal. If you are living in campus accommodation you will need to inform the University's Accommodation Office that you are leaving. Failure to inform the University that you wish to leave may result in you being charged tuition and accommodation fees.
Your withdrawal will be recorded from your last date of attendance. The last date of attendance is defined as the last date that you attended your course. Being in attendance on a course is defined by the Student Loans Company as "active and ongoing engagement with the activities and learning opportunities made available by the provider within the course duration, including, but not limited to, scheduled learning and teaching activities". Emails to you, meetings with your senior tutor and completing work in your own time would not be deemed as being in attendance.
Once your withdrawal has been approved, the Student Record Administration Office applicable to your campus will send written confirmation to you at your home address. Please make sure that your home address is correct on KentVision.
Transferring to another University
If you are withdrawing in order to transfer to another University, you should tell us when you request to withdraw. If you are funded by the Student Loans Company we will need details of your new course.
Once your withdrawal has been approved, the Student Record Administration Office informs the Student Loans Company. However, we do recommend that you contact them yourself to determine how this withdrawal will affect your funding and the tuition fees you have to pay.
Fees will not be re-funded pro rata automatically; please see the Student Finance Guide for more details or if you have a query about your fees.
If you have received confirmation that you have been withdrawn from the University, please ensure that you have completed the below tasks.
If you live in University accommodation, please email the University's Accommodation Office to advise them of your intended date of departure from your university room and read our moving out of University accommodation guidance. Your date of departure should be within four weeks of your date of withdrawal, as non-registered students are not permitted to live in university accommodation. As per the terms and conditions of your Agreement, if you are officially withdrawing, intermitting, or de-registering from your course of study, your room Agreement and accommodation fees will be ended early subject to a four week notice period, providing you have vacated your room and returned the room key/fob.
If you are living in off campus student accommodation, please see our moving out of student accommodation guidance.
Once withdrawals have been approved, the Student Record Administration Office will inform the Student Loans Company. You should note that the Student Loans Company may take several weeks to process this. You may wish to contact the Student Loans Company yourself to determine how this withdrawal will affect your funding and the tuition fees that you have to pay. Fees will not be re-funded pro rata automatically; please see the Student Finance Guide for more details or if you have a query about your fees.
You will lose access to Library e-resources on the day that your student registration ends. 60 days later you will lose access to most Kent IT services and may wish to forward important documents to your personal email address. Please view our guidance for your IT account closing.
Your contact information
Please ensure that your personal contact information (such as home address and personal email address) on KentVision is up to date, should we need to contact you about information such as an alternative exit award or change of visa status.
Alternative exit award
If you are eligible for an alternative exit award based on any credits achieved during your time here, we will be in touch with you once we have received the approval for any award.
Change of visa status
The University will report your withdrawal to the Home Office and the Student Immigration Compliance Team will notify you by email.
You should make arrangements to the leave the UK as soon as possible after you have been withdrawn from the University of Kent, regardless of the expiry date on your visa. Please read our visa guidance.