A leave of absence is when you take a break from your studies for one semester or more. This normally means you must depart the United States. An exception exists when course withdrawal is recommended by a U.S. physician due to a medical condition.
Before withdrawing from classes it is extremely important to obtain advance approval from ISO. You can notify us and request approval by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You should notify us if
If you will withdraw from classes due to a medical condition, you must apply for ISO permission first. This requires a recommendation from a U.S. licensed physician.
If approved for a medical leave of absence, you may stay in the United States if you wish. Your SEVIS record will remain active, so you may depart and re-enter the U.S. as needed. Please make sure to inform an ISO advisor of your plans.
Before returning to the U.S. make sure to contact an international student advisor to make sure that your SEVIS record is active and your DS-2019 is properly endorsed. The ISO will need copies of your new I-94 once you return.
If you have been absent from WKU for 2 semesters or more, then you are required to apply for re-admission as a returning student.
If you were forced to take a leave of absence due to academic dismissal, then you will need to apply to your academic school for a reinstatement of your academic status.
If you have questions about how your absence will affect your status at WKU, or if you wish to discuss your plans further, you may call the ISO at 270-745-4857 to make an appointment with an advisor, or email us at email@example.com.