Students who need to use the educational resources outside of Princeton University and will not be in residence may apply to in absentia status. In absentia status may be granted for up to two years (or four semesters) for a student who has successfully completed the general examination requirement and is making satisfactory progress toward the degree. A semeser spent in absentia is calculated as part of a student's total allowed enrollment.
For a student to be considered for in absentia status, the following conditions must be met:
- There is a demonstrated need to use educational resources that cannot be obtained at Princeton University;
- the work away from Princeton will directly contribute to the student’s progress to the degree; and
- to conduct the work, the student cannot physically live in Princeton or the vicinity for more than half of the semester.
Students in absentia are still considered enrolled students and most University benefits, including remote access to Princeton University facilities and student health plan, are continued, with the exception of housing. In absentia students are not eligible to be appointed as assistants in instruction or to enroll in courses conducted on campus. A marginal tuition cost that includes a fee for the mandatory student health plan is charged. This tuition cost may be covered for students on University fellowship. Continued financial support is determined by the adviser(s) and the department, in consultation with the Graduate School. Students who are in absentia are still required to complete academic year sign-in and fully participate in reenrollment.
We expect all students who are going on in absentia status, whether elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad, to register their basic travel plans on Concur the University's travel registration system. This site also provides valuable information and links to sites that will be useful to you. For more information please review our information on travel registration.
In Absentia Status Change Procedure