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Change your University

University fees are so high – It can take time to settle into your course and university life. students feel they want to transfer to another course, or a different university or college. There is a lot to consider when making your decision. If you think the university or college where you are studying is not quite right for you. It is possible to transfer onto a different university or college.

International students in Australia have the option to change courses or education provider but there are some things to keep in mind before making this decision.

Option 1 – I have been studying my original course for 6 months or more

If you have been studying your original course for six months or more and wish to change to a same or higher level at your current institution, then you do not have to apply for a new student visa. Your education provider will update the Department of Home Affairs with any changes in your study situation

Option 2 – I have been studying my original course for less than 6 months

If you have been studying your original course for less than six months and want to change courses at your current education provider, then you do not have to apply for a new student visa.

What is the process for changing university?

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Have a Chat

International student advisor in your university will be able to help you ensure you are making the best decision for your situation.

Finances

Consider your finances. There may be some fees involved in changing courses or institutions, so make sure you will be able to fund this change.

Check transfer policy

Speak to your current institution about their transfer policy before enrolling at a new institution. They will give you specific instructions to follow on how to proceed with the transfer.

Apply

Apply for your new course. You must have a letter from another provider confirming that a valid enrolment offer has been made. In other words, you are not able to transfer to another institution unless you have an offer from the new institution.

Enjoy

Enjoy your new course if you are planning on changing to a lower AQF level course, you will need to apply for a fresh student visa.

What documents do I need to change to a new university?

There may be some documentation required before changing institutions – if you have been studying for less than six months, you will require a formal letter of release from your current institution.

If you have been studying for over six months and are changing to a same or higher-level AQF course, your education provider informs the Department of Home Affairs automatically.

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