You may want to change, end, or start your course because you did not do enough research to begin with and have realised that the course you have chosen is not what you expected. When looking for an entirely new study pathway, it is important to understand your new course requirements and information to help your decisions. Additionally, there are academic advice on your course pathways that will help you understand what this change will mean for you.
Discontinuing a program
When you are planning to withdraw from your current studies, you will have to discontinue your course. This action will end your current enrolment and remove you from any enrolled units in that institution. If you cancel your program enrolment after the census date, you will not be refunded your fees, unless under special circumstances for missing the cancellation deadline. Rather, you can face financial and academic penalties that you should be aware of after the census date. Additionally, you are required to notify the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) within 31 days of you discontinuing your studies. This will affect your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) and ability to stay in Australia – further assistance can be provided with DHA within 28 days to arrange an alternative visa or return to your home country.
1. Changing to same or higher-level AQF
When you have been studying at your original course for more than six months and wish to change to a same or higher-level Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) course at your current institution, you do NOT have to apply for a new study visa.
Note: The only time you will need to apply for a new student visa is when your current visa is due to expire. The same rules apply if you have been studying your original course for less than 6 months.
2. Changing to a lower-level or non-AQF course
The circumstances will be different if you plan to change to a lower-level or non-AQF course. The change can affect your subclass 500 visa requirements and visa status. In the course of action, you will need to apply for a new student visa that best accommodates your new course.
Changing Universities or Colleges
1. If you plan to change universities or colleges
If the university or college you are planning to change to within the same state or interstate, that is not a problem. It will be the same procedure as if you were changing institutions. You can move interstate for university or college in Australia to experience the different lifestyle, culture, and people that best suits your personal and academic aspirations. Hence, you can change to the same degree you’ve been studying or a new degree that best suits your interests. Please contact us to assist your new course or institution.
2. Changing your studying program
If you are considering changing your studying program to another program, for example, a bachelor’s degree to a Diploma. Contact the Department of Home Affairs for additional information on how it may affect your visa status (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-and-support/contact-us). You can also seek the institution for additional help.
3. What is the process for changing universities?
If you are planning to accept another offer from another university in the first 6 months of discontinuing your enrolment during your current enrolment, you are required to get a letter release. Additionally, specific universities need prerequisites for the course you are planning to study and is outlined accordingly to the course requirements.
- Step 1: Research the best situation
If you want to change institutions before completing the first six months of your main course of study, you must contact your current institution for permission. You will require a letter of offer from the new institution to apply for the letter of release from your current situation. There is additional information you can find on the universities websites and can you further seek academic advice from an Academic Advisor in your faculty or school.
There may be additional fees involved in changing courses or institutions. Hence, it is critical that you consider the additional charges and make sure you can fund this change.
- Step 3: Check credit transfer policy
Additionally, when changing universities for the same course, you could potentially be eligible for course credits at your new institutions for the subjects you have already completed. You can check your eligibility for credit transfer at the institution you are interested in transferring to.
- Step 4: Correspondence to application
If successfully accepted into the institution, you will follow the academic calendar teaching schedule, which defines the key and census dates. Further, you will start your new institution with either the same or different living arrangements – please refer to ‘The International Student Guide to Renting in Australia (https://www.soledu.net/en/the-international-student-guide-to-renting-in-australia/)’ for further information. However, if you are under 18, then a parent and/or guardian must provide a letter supporting the transfer.