Intercalation (university administration)

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Intercalation, in the context of university administration, is a period when a student is allowed to officially take time away from studying for an academic degree.

When a university or similar institution allows a student to intercalate, it is usually for one of the following reasons:

  • on medical or compassionate grounds, so that the student can take a break from his or her studies and return later[1]
  • to allow the student to gain work experience in a field related to his or her field of study[2]
  • for medical, dental and veterinary students in the UK, to allow the student to pursue a separate but related research degree (normally for one year) and then return to the main medical, dental or veterinary degree[3]