International students who need to take a leave of absence or withdraw from The New School must complete a Student Exit Form available from academic advisors. You may take an official leave of absence for no more than one academic year and return to The New School without academic penalty. You will not need to reapply for admission. If you take a leave of absence for more than two semesters, you may be treated as if you had withdrawn.
If you withdraw, you are permanently separated from the university. If you want to return to The New School after withdrawing, you must reapply for admission through your Office of Admission. Contact your academic department for more information.
Neither leave nor withdrawal apply if you finish your program of study more quickly than expected. In that case, you complete your program of study, and this section does not apply.
The Department of Homeland Security has its own rules regarding leave that are separate and distinct from the University rules. When you take an official leave of absence or withdraw from school, your non-immigrant status becomes invalid and you must leave the U.S. within 15 days of the effective date of the leave. Your grace period (60 days for F–1 Students and 30 days for J–1 Exchange Visitors) does not apply because you are taking a leave or withdrawing from your program early. (The only exception to this rule is a leave of absence for valid medical reasons documented by medical providers and approved by ISS.) Please see an International Student Advisor to discuss your situation.
Contact ISS immediately to discuss this requirement if you are taking a leave of absence in your senior year.
Students must bring a copy of the Exit Form to ISS after it has been signed by the Academic Department.
Requests for a Leave of Absence due to medical reasons must be accompanied by a letter from a physician (licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist) that clearly indicates that you are not able to be enrolled in classes in the current semester
Students intending to return from an authorized Leave of Absence and who have been outside of the United States for more than 5 months must submit the following documentation to obtain an updated I-20 or DS-2019 before resuming studies at The New School:
International Student and Scholar Services72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor (Map)ISS@newschool.eduPhone: 212.229.5592Fax: 212.229.8992
Changing Your Address
Traveling Outside the United States
Replacing Lost or Stolen Documents
International Student Advisory Board
Online ISS Request Form