We understand that there may be times when you wish to travel back to your home country. While the University encourages all students to remain in the UK during their teaching, if you need to leave the country please follow the instructions below.

If you are going to be overseas for less than 2 weeks then there is no paperwork for you to fill in, however you will need to speak with your Module Tutors to ensure that your travel does not clash with any deadlines. If your travel DOES clash with a deadline, you will need to ensure that you will still be able to meet it.  

If you are going to be overseas for between 2 weeks – 1 month you would need to complete the Absence Request Form and send it through to your Programme Leader. You would also need to explain how you will be keeping up with your studies while you are away. Once signed off, you will have permission to travel.  

If you are going to be overseas for more than 1 month you would need to complete the Absence Request Form and send it through to your Programme Leader. You would also need to explain how you will be keeping up with your studies while you are away. Once the form has been signed off, it will also need to be sent through to our Immigration Compliance Team (immigrationcompliance@dmu.ac.uk) so that they can ensure that there will be no visa issues with you travelling. If they sign off the form you will then have permission to travel.  

Please note that the above timescales include travel days, and any days you need to spend in isolation as a result of your travel.  

It is also important to note that absence requests are not guaranteed to be accepted, and we would advise that you do not book tickets to travel until this has been agreed.

An approved Absence Request Form is not the same as an extension. If you have deadlines or exams within the approved absence period, you will still need to complete these.