International & Exchange  Student CentreWestern International

Taking a Break from Your Studies

International students studying at Designated Learning Institutions (DLI’s) in Canada such as Western University and its affiliates (King’s University College, Huron College, and Brescia College) are required to actively pursue their studies while in Canada, meaning that you are registered, enrolled, and attending your program.

If you choose to reduce your course load and become a part-time student, or take a term off and take an academic leave, we recommend that you arrange an appointment with an International Student Advisor at the International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC) at Western International to discuss your circumstances as this could impact your immigration status or ability to work in Canada while studying or after you graduate.

Steps to take:

  1. Make an appointment with an academic advisor (undergraduate students) or your graduate program advisor (graduate students) about your options for reducing your course load, or taking a break and returning to your studies later.
  2. Make an appointment with an International Student Advisor at the IESC about any issues that may arise as a result of reducing your course load, or taking a break from studies.

Study Permit Implications:

Should you decide to reduce your course load or take an academic leave, it will be important to consider the following: