Requesting a Leave of Absence (LOA)
If a student in good academic standing wishes to take time away from MIT, they may consider taking a Leave of Absence (LOA). Under the terms of a LOA, a student can request to take between one and four semesters away from MIT. Students are eligible to request a LOA up to ten days following the first day of classes of the semester. If a student’s time away extends beyond two years, their return to MIT will follow the Request to Return process for a Personal Leave.