Emergency Leaves allow students to take an unplanned leave of absence to address pressing personal (non-medical and non-psychological) and family issues. Emergency leaves may last up to 18 months although most are much shorter.
Students on emergency leave are expected to be taking time away from academics but in some circumstances it might make sense for them to take courses as a guest student at another institution at home during their leave. They should consult our transfer credit policy and may apply to transfer up to two Bryn Mawr units per semester away.
To return from emergency leave, a student must file a re-enrollment application that will be reviewed by a subset of the re-enrollment committee.
Before embarking on a leave, students with an F-1 visa must notify the Director of International Student and Scholar Services to update their immigration records and avoid compromising their eligibility to return to the U.S.