Deferral of studies

If you are admitted to a programme and want to postpone the commencement of your studies, you can apply for deferral of studies. This means that you apply to begin your studies a later semester.

Reasons that entitle you to defer your studies

University policy only approves deferral based on extraordinary circumstances, such as medical reasons (illness), family crisis or compulsory military service. If you cite medical reasons, for example, you need to submit a doctor's certificate.

Not being able to afford tuition is not a valid reason for deferral. In fact, you can only be granted deferral if the first instalment of tuition has been paid to Uppsala University.

Application for deferral

Your application should explain your reasons for deferral and be supported by documents. Wait to apply until you have all supporting documents. You should apply for deferral as soon as possible.

Apply for deferral of studies

Applications can also be made by sending a letter to the Admissions Office, Box 256, SE-751 05 Uppsala, Sweden.

If your application for deferral is granted

If you application is granted, please save the decision. When you apply to begin your studies, you will need to upload the deferral decision along with your new application at The deferral decision is only valid if you apply for the same studies/programme at the same university with the same study pace.

Need to extend your deferral?

It is not possible to extend an approved deferral. However, when you have sent in a new application for your studies/programme and been admitted, you can send in a new application for deferral with updated supporting documents.