Leave of Absence or Withdrawal GUIDE (F-1)

I. OVERVIEW

The purpose of this form is to notify International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) of your intention to take either a leave of absence or withdraw from Kent State University.

II. INSTRUCTIONS

If you are applying for a leave of absence or withdrawal before the semester begins:

1.      Complete the Leave of Absence Form found in the Forms Library.

2.      If you are in the U.S depart within 15 days of your Authorized Early Withdrawal.

If you are applying for a leave of absence or withdrawal during the semester:

1.      Complete the Leave of Absence Form found in the Forms Library.

2.      Make an appointment with an ISSS advisor using Web Scheduler to discuss the situation. Web Scheduler

3.      Withdraw from all of your classes after ISSS approves your request. The Registrar’s Office can help you, if necessary. If the semester’s withdrawal date has passed, you will need to complete a “Petition for Exception to Registration.” Call the Registrar’s Office at (330) 672-3131.

4.      Depart the United States within 15 days of submission of this form.

If you are planning on re-entering the United States following your leave of absence:

1.      If your absence from the U.S. will not exceed five months: enter with your current I-20 and a valid travel signature. Notify ISSS thirty (30) days in advance of the start of the semester for which you wish to return to ensure your record will be returned to ACTIVE. Please email us a confirmation of your return ticket to the U.S.

2.      If your absence from the U.S. will exceed five months: contact ISSS at least two months prior to your return. You will need a new SEVIS record and I-20. The Department of State advises students to apply for a new visa at a US Consulate or Embassy before re-entry if returning from a leave of greater than five months with initial attendance I-20s.

Note: If you wish to return for the summer semester you must be registered for class’s full time during that semester.

Leave of Absence or Withdrawal Guide