Students who choose to take time off from their academic programs must submit a
Leave of Absence form
to OIP. F-1 students are required to be enrolled as full-time; therefore,
they cannot remain in the US while on a leave of absence.
To request a Leave of Absence:
Complete and sign the Leave of Absence form. Submit this form to an OIP advisor during the drop in hours. The advisor will explain what you need to do in order to return to the U.S. and SF State in F-1 status.
Your SEVIS record will be terminated and you must leave the U.S. within 15 days.
Returning to SF State:
Students who are taking off one semester are still considered as continuing students. They will not need to re-apply for admission.
Students who are taking off two consecutive semesters off will need to re-apply for admissions.
Study Abroad and Research/Thesis Abroad:
Students who are leaving the U.S. due to certified CSU/SF State Bilateral Program or doing Research/Thesis abroad (Graduate Students only) are still considered continuing students. Students are required to complete the Leave of Absence form before leaving the U.S.