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Approved leave from studies

If you want to pause your studies and continue at a later date, you can apply for approved leave from studies.

When applying for approved leave from studies, it is important that you specify why you want leave from your studies and, if possible, attach documents that support your reasons with the application. This is necessary because there are two different types of approved leave from studies: with or without a guaranteed place.

Your reasons for taking leave from studies determine which kind of leave is appropriate.

Approved leave from studies with a guaranteed place

If you can substantiate your reasons for taking approved leave from studies, and if the reasons are adequate, you can take approved leave from studies with your place guaranteed. This means you are guaranteed a place when you wish to continue your studies. Copies of certificates or other documents that justify approved leave from studies with a place guaranteed must be certified by two people. Usually, approved leave from studies with a place guaranteed is granted for the following reasons:

  • Time-limited probationary position in the Swedish Armed Forces (Occasional duties GSS/T)
  • Social reasons
  • Illness
  • Other reasons deemed appropriate

Approved leave from studies without a place guaranteed

If you do not wish to refer to any specific reasons for approved leave from studies, you are not guaranteed a place when you would like to continue your studies. You are then granted approved leave from studies without a guaranteed place and may only continue your studies subject to availability.

An application for approved leave from studies will always be granted, however the reasons you submit, may determine whether you are guaranteed a place or not, when you return.

Application for approved leave from studies

You apply by filling in the form Application for an approved leave from studies with a guaranteed placePDF. Here you state why you want approved leave from your studies, as well as what time period the leave is for. If you want to apply for approved leave from studies without a place guaranteed, you can use the same application form but state that you do not wish to refer to any particular reasons.

Send the completed form and attachments to:

Försvarshögskolan
FUS
Box 27805
115 93 Stockholm

Approved leave from studies on the Officers’ Programme

If you are a student on the Officers’ Programme, you can apply for approved leave from studies as described above. Since you are also a member of the Swedish Armed Forces, you need to contact your mentor at Cadet Battalion.

Talk to a study counsellor

We recommend that you contact a study counsellor before applying for approved leave from studies. You can receive help with planning your leave and the resumption of your studies. Study counsellors can also provide information about possible changes in the educational programmes offered.

Continuing after approved leave from studies

When you want to resume your studies after approved leave from studies, you do so by submitting the completed form Application to continue studies after approved leave from studiesPDF.

The completed form should be sent no later than 2 months before the start of the course to:

Försvarshögskolan
FUS
Box 27805
115 93 Stockholm

Appealing a decision

If you disagree with a decision made by the Swedish Defence University, you can appeal.

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