Taking a year out half way through your degree Watch

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Hi everyone,

I really want to take a year's break from my degree (BA English Lit at Univ. of Manchester).

I've thought it through and I've got a number of reasons why I want to do it, partly because I'm jaded and partly because I had a very messed up relationship which has resulted in me having nowhere to live, very few friends and general misery and I just need some space elsewhere. So I'm thinking of moving to London, working and trying to have a little bit of fun with my new girlfriend who lives there no (and who it would be very very very very difficult to have a distance relationship with should I go back to Manchester).

So, I was wondering - how do I go about taking this year out and things? I'm absolutely adamant I want to go back after a year because I totally love my course. I just really really need a good long break a long way away from the big mess I've made.

Cheers.

Oh, and also, I haven't mentioned any of these worries, my desire to have a year out, or my massive problems with going back to Manchester to my parents, and have no idea how to broach the subject.
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You need to take a "leave of absence" as it's called. It involves quite a few forms that need filling in, and your first step would be to talk to your personal tutor. You'll need to be able to explain to them exactly why you need/want a leave of absence, and may have to go and talk to people even further up the ladder.
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I'm just coming back after a year out - I applied for a leave of absence from my faculty office, I badly needed it as I was having some issues with depression and badly needed a break. It involved a lot of forms (and I'm currently dealing with another fistload of forms to go back!) but once the bureaucracy wheels got in motion it was all sorted fairly quickly.
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Do you need really good reasons to do it then? It's not like anything TERRIBLE has happened to me. I just need a bit of a rest from studying I think so I can have a chance to sort my life out. I'm not really depressed or anything, but I think going back to uni would adversely affect my academic performance.
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I've done one year of my degree and I'm having a year out (well, doubt I'll go back, but as far as the uni is concerned I'm just having a year out at the moment) and it was really easy. Didn't need a reason, didn't even need to fill in any forms - just phoned up the admissions department and a couple of weeks later got a letter to say my request has been fulfilled and my studies have been postponed or whatever. My uni sucked and was horribly unorganised though, you might find it harder I guess.
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I suspended my studies at the university of manchester on a chemistry degree, after completing one year (2007). I'm sure its possible for English too.

I was jaded too. Hate that uni... Not going back.
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Hi Svejk. I know this is an old post, but I wondered if you managed to arrange your year out?

I am up against the same problem, but for different reasons. I'm in a band and we're serious about it, but we just can't do it all the time because of being at uni across the country. Due to each of our circumstances we've decided it'd be best for us all to take a year out (after 2nd year) and go and be a band full time. When we say a year, we're thinking more like 2-3 depending on how things go. I'm anxious as to reveal the true reason for the year out to the university (Manchester too) for fear that it might be deemed an unworthy cause.

Has anyone else taken such a year out just to follow a burning personal ambition?
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(Original post by zztom)
Hi Svejk. I know this is an old post, but I wondered if you managed to arrange your year out?

I am up against the same problem, but for different reasons. I'm in a band and we're serious about it, but we just can't do it all the time because of being at uni across the country. Due to each of our circumstances we've decided it'd be best for us all to take a year out (after 2nd year) and go and be a band full time. When we say a year, we're thinking more like 2-3 depending on how things go. I'm anxious as to reveal the true reason for the year out to the university (Manchester too) for fear that it might be deemed an unworthy cause.

Has anyone else taken such a year out just to follow a burning personal ambition?
Hi, I have a couple quick questions, if someone could please help answer for me? Sorry it's not related to you but maybe you can help me? thanks.

Is it possible to take a gap year after the 1st and/or 2nd year of university? How hard is it to be allowed to take one? I've heard you can take years off if your sick. For a student who wants to take a year off between years so that he can work and save up money to pay for the tuition fees, is that a good enough reason (if gap years are allowed that is)? In case you know their specific policies, I'm hoping to get into either Qmul or Kcl god willing.

How did yours go? Did you get those years off?

Thanks!
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(Original post by Svejk)
Hi everyone,

I really want to take a year's break from my degree (BA English Lit at Univ. of Manchester).

I've thought it through and I've got a number of reasons why I want to do it, partly because I'm jaded and partly because I had a very messed up relationship which has resulted in me having nowhere to live, very few friends and general misery and I just need some space elsewhere. So I'm thinking of moving to London, working and trying to have a little bit of fun with my new girlfriend who lives there no (and who it would be very very very very difficult to have a distance relationship with should I go back to Manchester).

So, I was wondering - how do I go about taking this year out and things? I'm absolutely adamant I want to go back after a year because I totally love my course. I just really really need a good long break a long way away from the big mess I've made.

Cheers.

Oh, and also, I haven't mentioned any of these worries, my desire to have a year out, or my massive problems with going back to Manchester to my parents, and have no idea how to broach the subject.
Do what you need to do, I believe you'll only truly learn and maximise achievement when you're in the right conditions to do so. These things happen and I hope your parents understand that.
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(Original post by Apocalypte)
I'm just coming back after a year out - I applied for a leave of absence from my faculty office, I badly needed it as I was having some issues with depression and badly needed a break. It involved a lot of forms (and I'm currently dealing with another fistload of forms to go back!) but once the bureaucracy wheels got in motion it was all sorted fairly quickly.
Can you take a semester out instead? Or if you decided to take a year out, could you change your mind?
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