Students who need a non-medical leave of absence, which includes any reason that is not medical, will need to apply to the Office of Global Services (OGS) as well as to their college/graduate school for this request. Depending on the length of a non-medical leave, student's CPT or OPT eligibility may be affected, so we ask that you set up an appointment with an OGS advisor to discuss your specific situation. To schedule an appointment with an OGS advisor, please call 617-373-2310 or visit our front desk.

How does a non-medical leave of absence affects your F-1 status

Students who need a non-medical leave of absence, which includes any reason that is not medical, will need to apply to the Office of Global Services as well as to their college/graduate school for a leave of absence. The medical condition of a relative does not constitute a medical leave of absence; a medical leave can be granted only if the student has a medical condition.

Additionally, if a student applies for an Emergency Leave from the We Care Office at Northeastern University (www.northeastern.edu/wecare) they must also apply for a non-medical leave of absence from the Office of Global Services since federal government regulations recognize only medical and non-medical leaves.

Key Resources

Non-Medical Leave of Absence Request »

Instructions for Taking a Non-Medical Leave of Absence

Return from Leave of Absence of 5 Months or More »

Instructions for Obtaining a New Initial I-20 to Resume Classes after a Non-Medical Leave of Absence of 5 Months or More

Return from Non-Medical Leave of Absence less than 5 months »

Students requesting to return from Non-Medical Leave of Absence less than 5 months

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Medical Leave of Absence

During your time at Northeastern University, it may become necessary to take a medical leave of absence. The instructions for taking and returning from a medical leave are described below.