Medical Leave of Absence

A student should request a medical leave of absence (MLOA) if he/she needs to take time off from class due to a medical reason (ex: pregnancy, surgery, physical or mental illness).

  • An MLOA allows a student that is sick or injured to stay in the USA without studying; students can also travel to their home country using a MLOA;
  • MLOA has no negative impact on a student’s visa status;
  • Students are limited as to how much time they will be permitted to stay in the U.S. on a MLOA; for more information, please contact Vina Titaley at OISS for advising (

To request an MLOA, complete the OISS Medical Leave of Absence Request form, which is available from the Forms for ELI students on the OISS website.


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