Withdrawing from Study

Withdrawing from study is a big decision that can have financial and academic consequences. Before withdrawing from study, we recommend that you consider all your options and get advice to understand the implications of any decision you make. 



Student Advice can discuss your options with you and advise you through the process you choose to follow. 
Your Personal Tutor or Research Supervisor can discuss any concerns you may have about your course. 
Advice & Money is a University team that can advise on the implications for your student loan, funding and bursaries, and finances.
International Student Support can advise international students on any visa implications.


Other Options

Withdrawing is a permanent change. If you want to return to study you will have to re-apply to University, and there is no guarantee that you will be granted a place. Other possible options may be:

  • Changing course If you want to withdraw because you are unhappy with your course, you may be able to request a transfer. 
  • Interruption of Study This can give you up to 12 months away from University, while remaining a student and keeping your place on your course.
  • Extenuating Circumstances If there are difficult personal circumstances that are affecting you, you can report those to the University using the Extenuating Circumstances Procedure.
  • Adjustments and Exam Arrangements If you are affected by a long term health condition, are unable to sit your exams in Cardiff, or there is any other reason for you wanting to withdraw from study, then speak to Student Advice. The University has an obligation to put reasonable adjustments in place for students who manage long term health conditions, and we can advise you if you are having difficulty getting what you need.

If you have considered the above information and decided that you definitely want to withdraw from study, then you must formally notify the University through SIMS online.


After you Withdraw

  • The University will notify all relevant school and administrative offices within the University. They will also notify sponsors, UK Visas and Immigration and the Student Loans Company within 10 days of your withdrawal.
  • If you live in University residences, you will be released from your contract and you only pay rent until the day you hand in your keys or when you withdraw on SIMS, whichever is later.
  • If you live in a shared house, you will normally be bound by the contract and may need to find a replacement if you do not want to carry on paying rent for the length of the tenancy. 
  • You will not be exempt from Council Tax after withdrawing.
  • You must return your ID card.
  • You must return all University library books, pay any outstanding fines or debts.

Contact Student Advice

+44 (0)2920 781410

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