Deferring offers

Not ready to start just yet? Find out how to defer your place here.

Deferring (taking a gap-year) 

Most Australian students offered an undergraduate place at UWA are permitted to defer acceptance of the place for up to one year.

If you choose to defer your acceptance of an offer, the University will guarantee to repeat the offer in either second semester this year, or first semester next year, provided you abide by the conditions of deferral.

  • You must submit your request to defer by the deadline indicated on your offer letter.
  • You must not enrol in any diploma or degree program, either undergraduate or postgraduate, including not-for-degree study, at this university or any other tertiary institution this year. If you start or continue enrolment in tertiary studies, your guaranteed deferred place will be lost. However, you will be considered for a place in normal competition with other applicants.
  • No deferral is permitted for music courses. A new application must be made and another audition will be required.
  • You must re-apply for admission in either Semester 2 this year, or Semester 1 next year (in the case of a normal, one-year deferral), by the relevant deadline

Please note

  • A deferred place will not be held for more than 12 months, unless there are exceptional circumstances beyond your control.
  • You are not permitted to defer a place at UWA more than once.
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) places can only be deferred for 12 months, as there is no Semester 2 entry for this course. 
  • If you defer a Direct Pathway place for Medicine, Dentistry or Law for six months, there may be a six-month gap at the end of your undergraduate degree, as the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine and Juris Doctor courses will only commence in Semester 1 each year.
  • Most deferred places will be taken up in Semester 1 of the following year.  Please be aware that, due to unit sequencing constraints, it may not be possible to complete some majors within the minimum time if you commence in Semester 2. 
  • When you reapply, if you apply for entry to other UWA courses, as well as the one you have deferred, you will be considered for these on the basis of your ATAR or other qualifications in normal competition with other applicants. Only one offer, for the highest preference possible, will be made.
  • You will be subject to the rules and conditions that apply at the time you commence your course. This is particularly important in relation to fees and charges such as student contributions, the Higher Education Loan Program (HECS-HELP) and the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Taking up a deferred undergraduate offer 

If you are an Australian student who has deferred accepting an undergraduate place at UWA and now wish to take up the offer and commence studying in the coming semester, you need to re-apply online.

If you wish to simply take up your deferred place:

  • Apply directly to UWA
  • Fill out the online re-application form below once applications open
  • You do not need to re-submit any documents
  • You will be sent a new offer of a place, in January (Semester 1) or July (Semester 2), in the course of the normal offer round

If you wish to be considered for other courses before your deferred course:

Semester 1 entry

  • Go to tisc.edu.au
  • Register with TISC and lodge a new application online before the applicable deadlineNote: you must re-register and then lodge an application using your new applicant number. You cannot use your previous TISC number
  • List any other courses as higher preferences than your deferred course; list your deferred course last
  • You may need to supply your documents to TISC again
  • Provided your application was submitted on time, your new offer of a place will be sent out in January, in the course of the normal offer round

Semester 2 entry

  • Read the information about Semester 2 entry
  • Register in OASys, and lodge a new application online before the deadline
  • List any other courses as higher preferences than your deferred course; list your deferred course last
  • We will contact you if you need to supply your supporting documents again
  • Provided your application was submitted on time, your new offer of a place will be sent out in July
Applications for Direct Pathways to Law, Medicine and Dentistry are only available for Semester 1 commencement. Refer to the TISC website for application deadlines.