Postgraduate International - Defer or Decline

If you want to delay the commencement of your studies, you can apply to be considered for the next intake. Conditions and restrictions apply.


You can 'defer' your enrolment if you meet the following conditions:

  • You apply to defer on or before the census date for the relevant semester. It is preferable to apply for deferment before your commencement semester begins. If you wish to defer until semester two, there may be restrictions on what courses you can take.
  • You do not undertake any other study while deferred.This is because ANU considers the full academic record of its applicants. Therefore, if you undertake additional study while deferred we would need to reassess your qualifications against any new entrance requirements. Exceptions to this restriction include undertaking an exchange year in a secondary school and undertaking TAFE / AQF studies at certificate level. Your deferment wil lapse if you undertake tertiary studies above Certificate level.

How to 'defer' an offer

If you are an international student, you can request for your application to be reconsidered for a future semester. This is often called a 'deferral', however your request will be considered and assessed against the relevant ANU entry requirements at the time. If your request is successful, you will receive a new offer letter.

You will not receive an immediate decision, nor will you be able to check the progress of your application. ANU Admissions will contact you as soon as a decision is made.

If your deferment is refused, and you still wish to study at ANU, you will need to re-apply for admission for a future semester and meet the entry requirements relevant at that time.

To request consideration for a future semester, please send an email with your details to

How to decline

To decline your offer, simply send an email with your details to