Leaves of Absence

All international students who will be requesting a leave of absence should schedule an appointment with the ISSS Office to discuss their circumstances. Undergraduate students must also consult their class dean in the Student Experience Office (518-276-8022). Graduate students must consult the Office of Graduate Education (518-276-6488).

When a student takes a leave, the Registrar’s Office changes his or her status to “inactive.” This means that the student must forfeit campus privileges, including housing, meal plans, email, and library access, while on a leave. In most cases for international students, the student must also leave the country. This will be discussed in greater detail when the student meets with ISSS staff.


In order for the student to return to RPI, he or she must first apply for readmission with the appropriate office. For undergraduates, this is done by the Student Experience Office and for graduate students this is done by the Office of Graduate Education.

Readmitted international students typically must return on a new, initial I-20. This means that the student will have a new SEVIS number, must pay a new SEVIS fee, and must obtain a new F-1 visa before returning to school. It also means that the student cannot return more than 30 days before the start date on the new I-20. In addition, all readmitted international students are required to submit new, original proof of financial support.

Readmitted international students are also required by law to check-in with the ISSS Office upon return to RPI. Please bring your documents (passport, visa, I-20 and I-94) with you.

Last modified: Aug 5, 2015
International Services for Students and Scholars, Phone: (518) 276-4966, Fax: (518) 276-4839