Study deferrals are granted, in the first instance, for studies of longer duration, such as study programmes. In exceptional cases deferral of course commencement may be granted. Study deferrals may be granted, however, for courses that require studies of at least 30 credits on the grounds of national service or civil defence duties.

The applicant must him or herself apply for deferral and verify the reason for the deferral by providing documentation such as a doctor's certificate, child's birth certificate, call-up papers or an employer's letter. Deferrals are normally granted until the commencement of the next academic semester, or academic year if the programme only starts once a year, but deferrals may be granted for up to three academic semesters.

The application should either be submitted by surface mail to Student Services, Admissions Office, Stockholm University, SE-106 91, Stockholm, Sweden, or be sent by email to stefan.ekdahl@su.se with the certificates attached.