Transferring universities

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Transferring your university course

Can I transfer my university course?

The answer is yes, nearly all universities have systems in place to support this.

Sometimes a student will start an undergraduate degree course before realising it isn’t quite right for them. Or that they haven’t settled well at their university. Looking at options for university course transfer, or to change degree courses, is a big decision. It can often feel like a daunting process.

We can help you consider your decision, setting out to you the different pathways you can take. We will provide the advice you need about what your options are. You will need to consider whether it is possible to transfer credits from your current degree to another course. Our advisers will help you review options to transfer universities and, if necessary, to change degree course.

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What to consider

Transferring universities is a big decision which you should not rush into. Going to university is a upheaval especially if you are studying in a new country and it can at first seem overwhelming. Give it time to settle in. However, ultimately your course or university might not be right. If this is the case you should change.

If you are are asking yourself, can I transfer to another university? There are a few important questions you should ask yourself:

  • Why do you considering changing university? This is not only an important question to ask yourself you will need to explain your reasons to your new university or course leader.
  • Can I change courses at my current university? If your main issue is that you are not happy with the course you are studying you should first consider changing courses at your current university. This can be easier than you think and will be much less of a personal upheaval than transferring universities.
  • Will I be able to transfer credits to university? Even though you are considering changing university you will have undoubtedly invested a lot of time and effort in your current studies. Where possible you should try to transfer credits that you have already gained. If you are doing a similar course just at different university this is usually possible. It can be more difficult if you are changing subjects or considering moving to another country.  We have lots of credit transfer university experience so the best thing to do is to discuss your options with us.
  • Do you meet the entry requirements of your new course? It is likely that your new university will be even more strict with their entry requirements if you are transferring courses. We can advise on the best options to meet your needs.
  • Will I be able to catch up if I transfer to a new course? Unless you start from the beginning you should be prepared for your course tutor to set you extra work to ensure you catch up with your other classmates.
  • Can I afford to transfer to another university? Even if you are able to transfer your credits to your new university moving universities can be a costly process. If you need to start your new course from the beginning you should speak with your student loan provider or other funder to make sure they will support your extra years study.
  • How can I transfer university? There is no one pathway you may need to apply through a centralised system. For example credit transfer university UK is often though UCAS. Or we can help you with a direct university transfer application.

Transferring universities - changing your degree subject

If you want to change universities, and completely change your degree subject as well, you will need to start in year 1 again, unless there are similarities in the subjects you have studied. We can discuss options further with you and help you work out what is possible, ensuring you meet the university entrance requirements and helping you in changing university and degree subject.

Credit Transfer

Credit transfer university UK; recognition of prior learning, as credits towards a new degree programme, can be possible. This can apply both to transfers within the UK and elsewhere in Europe or globally. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), where you gain recognition of your prior learning, can be transferred to the UK. One year of your undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree) equals 120 credits from a UK University and this is equivalent to 60 credits on the ECTS from a European university. For postgraduate study (Master’s level), 180 UK credits is the same as 90 ECTS. The ability to transfer credit, depends on the university and degree course you want to change to and the % grades you have.

Some students want to transfer university and start at their new university in the second year or even final year (usually third year) of their degree course. Some universities offer ‘top-up’ degree courses (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course that allows students with a diploma or equivalent to upgrade (top-up) their qualification to a full undergraduate degree. Top-up degrees are available in a wide range of subject areas.

Helping you to change degree courses

Deciding to transfer university is a difficult process to go through. Getting independent support and advice will help you consider your options and better understand the university transfer requirements.

Change can be very positive. Of course the most important thing is that you are happy and passionate about your studies. We help our clients and their families make the right decisions. Ensure the hard work and investment put in to date is utilised as much as possible.

Take a look at Seb's story. We helped him to transfer universities and he is now thriving on his new course.

Our specialist university course transfer support is delivered as a part of our undergraduate degree university application support service. If you would like to find out more please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.

How to transfer universities - but keep the same subject

If you enjoy you subject but you are asking yourself can I transfer to another university? The good news is it is often possible, depending on your grades, to transfer university if you meet the university transfer requirements. Some degree courses like medicine or dentistry, won’t allow transfers. Within Europe, the European Credit Transfer System exists. Credit transfers to universities in the UK, where you want to transfer university and do the same subject elsewhere, will usually depend on the grades (%) score you have and the module topics you have sat and passed so far. You are likely to need to match the modules to a university degree course elsewhere to assess if you can transfer to another university. Universities will ask students who want to transfer university to achieve a minimum % so far in their degree course. This might be 55 % or above, depending on their exact requirements and the reputation and transferability of credits from the university you have studied at.

Universities will expect that students have passed their modules to allow a transfer to happen. If you have poor grades, it is unlikely you will be allowed to transfer university and credits. If you have completed one year of your degree course and want to transfer into year 2 elsewhere, it will depend on three main things.

  • The level of the university you want to transfer to
  • Your grades (assuming you have passed everything)
  • Matching your existing modules and what you have learnt so far to a new degree course.

 

Please speak to us to assess your chances and to work out what is possible and we will discuss your questions relating to ‘can I transfer to another university’ and how to transfer universities.

How to change your degree subject within your existing university

It is often possible to change your degree subject at your existing university. We are happy to advise you on what subject area might be suitable for you to transfer to, or you can speak to people at your university and discuss what options you have.

Your ability to successfully transfer degree subjects at your existing university, will largely depend on whether you have met the entrance requirements for that specific degree programme. For example; did you study the correct subjects at school and what grades did you get in them?

Helping you to change degree courses

Deciding to transfer university  is a difficult process to go through. Getting independent support and advice will help you consider your options and better understand understanding the university transfer requirements.

Change can be very positive. Of course the most important thing is that you are happy and passionate about your studies. We help our clients and their families make the right decisions. Ensure the hard work and investment put in to date is utilised as much as possible.

Take a look at Seb's story. We helped him to transfer universities and he is now thriving on his new course.