Program Withdrawal: Important Notes
What happens if I just want to take a break in my studies before I decide to withdraw from my program?
At Bow Valley College, we understand that certain personal issues may arise during the course of your studies. Under our
Continuance and Graduation Policy, we allow students to take up to a 9 month break in their studies without having to
withdraw from their program. If you return to your studies before the 9 month period is over, you can resume your studies
without having to go through the normal application process. If you do not resume your studies within 9 months from
when you step out of your program, you will be withdrawn from your program and will need to re-apply in order to resume
Please note that you will only have 3 years to complete your certificate program, and 5 years to complete your diploma
program* . This time is inclusive of any breaks which you have taken within your program of study. If you have any
questions about program completion limits or taking a break in your studies, please contact an Academic Advisor or
Student Engagement Officer.
I don’t want to take a break in my studies, and want to withdraw from my program. What do I need to do?
We encourage all students to speak to an Academic Advisor or Student Engagement Oﬃcer before deciding to withdraw
from their program to see if there is any assistance that we can provide you with. Additionally, you will be asked to
complete the Student Program Withdrawal Form if you have decided to withdraw from your program. Please note that by
withdrawing from your program, you are not entitled to the 9 month break in your studies, and you will need to re-apply to
the program should you decide to continue your studies. To discuss your options, please speak to an Academic Advisor or
Student Engagement Oﬃcer.
* Please note that certain programs have completion standards outside of the 3 and 5 year limits.
Check with an Academic Advisor or Student Engagement Ocer if you are unsure.