Leave of Absence

Preparing for a leave of absence

You may be allowed to take a leave of absence from your program (not enroll in classes for a semester or more) at IU. However, you will need to complete the “Exit Form” on Atlas before your leave begins.

If you have questions about how your absence will affect your status at IU, or if you wish to discuss your plans in greater detail, you may call OIS (812-855-9086) to make an appointment with an advisor or email an advisor at ois@iu.edu.

Taking a leave of absence from IU

If you take a leave of absence from your program for more than one semester and are not enrolled during that time, we will end your SEVIS record. That will end your legal J-1 status, and you will not be able to remain in the United States as a J-1 student.