In Absentia

Enrolled students who need to use educational resources outside of Princeton University and who will not be in residence may apply for in absentia status. In absentia status can be granted for up to two years for a student who has successfully completed the general examination requirement and is making satisfactory progress toward their degree. A semester spent in absentia is calculated as part of a student's total allowed enrollment.

To be considered for in absentia status the following conditions must be met:

  • there must be 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
  • the student cannot physically live in Princeton or the vicinity.

Students in in absentia status are still considered enrolled students and most University benefits, including remote access to Princeton University facilities and student health plan, are continued.  In absentia students are not eligible to be appointed as assistants in instruction, to enroll in courses conducted on campus, nor to be in University housing. They may, however, continue to hold University housing contracts if their in absentia status is for only one semester and they will be in regular enrollment, in residence, for the other semester within an academic year. Students enrolled in absentia are charged a marginal tuition cost that includes a fee for the mandatory student health plan. This tuition cost may be covered for students on University fellowship. Continued financial support is determined by the adviser(s) and the department. Students who are in absentia are still required to complete academic year sign-in and fully participate in reenrollment.

In Absentia Status Change Procedure

  • Discuss in absentia eligibility and funding with your adviser and/or DGS.
  • Submit an in absentia request via the online status system accessed through TigerHub.
  • Register your basic travel plans in Concur, whether you will be going abroad or staying in the U.S. The Concur site also provides valuable information and links to other sites that will be useful to you. For more information please review the information on travel registration.