Withdrawing from University of Galway

Circumstances occasionally arise that can cause a student to consider leaving University of Galway before having completed their course of study.

 1         You must contact your College School Withdrawal Contacts for advice on your options including Leave of Absence

2           Read the University of Galway Student Withdrawal Policy

3           Check deadlines

4         Be aware of support services available to you

  •  Students may withdraw until the 1st of March, it is not possible to withdraw after this date.

  • Fees Deadlines : Students remain liable for fees up until the date on which they formally submit a withdrawal form online.

Fees Dates for 2023-2024

Date by which Online Withdrawal Form is submitted 


Up to and including Monday 31st October 2023 Leave with no impact

Between 31/10/2023 and 31/01/2024 

Forfeit 50% tuition, 50% student contribution charge & 100% student levy 

Any date after the 31/01/2024  

Forfeit 100% tuition, 100% student contribution charge & 100% student levy  


If a student formally withdraws from their course on or after the 1st of February the student is liable for the full fees for the Academic year.  International students should contact the International office to check out possible visa implications of withdrawing from their course of study

If you decide to withdraw

  • Undergraduate Students  online course withdrawal form (Available 01/09/24)
  • Postgraduate Students (Taught) online course withdrawal form  (Available 01/09/24)
  • Ph.D. & Postgraduate Research Students complete   course_withdrawal_form_research_students
  • Complete the Course Withdrawal Survey
  • Inform your funding agency / sponsor that you are withdrawing
  • Return items on loan from the Library and pay any outstanding Library fines                                                                                                                                           
  • Return your Student ID card to the Student Registry Helpdesk by post or in person.                                                                                                                                        


  • Return your Parking permit to the Parking Office by post or in person.


What happens next?:

Once you have submitted the completed withdrawal form online,

  • The de-registration procedure will begin immediately and relevant authorities within the University will be informed.
  • Once the process has been initiated, it will not be possible for the student to re-register until the next Academic year following application through the normal route.eg CAO
  • The date of withdrawal is the date on which the University receives the completed Course Withdrawal Form online
  • Where a student is withdrawn from a programme, their academic record for that year is void.  This means that credit cannot be attained for any modules undertaken in the year of study from which they have withdrawn, even if completed prior to formal withdrawal.