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What Should You Know before deciding to change Universities in the UK?

Nov 30, 2022

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Many international students decide to change universities after the first semester or year for various reasons most common reasons being either not being accepted into their first-choice program or having no open seats at their first-choice university. 

So, if you decide that your major isn't a good fit, you can switch to a different major at your current school or another institution. Although, it is noteworthy that the process itself requires documentation, eligibility criteria to be met, and tons of paperwork you need to collate and submit before you start the process. All this is no doubt going to be challenging.

The steps necessary to transfer across institutions and between individual classes can vary widely. In most cases, you'll need to fill out some documentation, such as a declaration of intent to change or a comprehensive application. Reviewing your request may necessitate an interview or further work from you. The duration of this process can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Your initial stop should be the departmental office or your higher education instructor. You'll be able to evaluate your choices and determine the best course of action, bolstering your chances of success in your present course or transferring to a different one. 


FAQs Pertaining to Switching Programs or Universities

  • Why do you want to change? 

Justify your actions and demonstrate that you are committed to your academic success.

  • Is it possible to switch out individual lessons in your current curriculum? 

There will be some required modules you must pass to graduate, so your options will depend on which ones you want to alter. If a course has too many students enrolled, you may be unable to switch to another one.

Can you switch to a class covered by the same department?

Do you have a different interest, perhaps in additional courses? Before approaching a tutor or the department office, familiarize yourself with the options that may be offered and the topics that particularly interest you.

  • Additional Assignments: If you are permitted to transfer to a different course, you may be required to make up assignments you have missed for the course you are now enrolled in.
  • Credit: You may be able to transfer credits from one course to another, but if the two courses are vastly different from one another, you may have to start the new course from the beginning. That could involve paying for a whole year more of school and finding somewhere to live.
  • The difference in Financial Aid: Altering your major could reduce the amount of financial aid you are entitled to. If you need to switch majors at the end of the semester, you may have to apply for financing for the next academic year. Notifying the appropriate student aid provider as soon as feasible is recommended.

Changing your Major in the same School- Things to consider

There's a chance you could switch to a different major within the same school. You need to do some investigation on potential alternatives and answer the following questions:

  • Is enrollment open for the new course? If not, are there any equivalent courses at other schools to which you could transfer? 

Evaluate the department's course offerings to see if anything piques your interest.

  • Are you eligible for the program you're hoping to switch to? 

Additional topic knowledge requirements may be met, even if you have some college or university education.

  • What is the consensus of the relevant divisions on your transfer? 

When switching to a new course, it's essential to talk to the instructor to ensure it's a good fit. A formal interview is possible as well.

  • When do you think you'll be able to make a move? 

You can change your major after the first semester, but your school may require you to wait until the following year.


Credit Transfer

If you want to transfer to another course or to another university, credit transfer to another degree program is feasible. A Bachelor's degree program at a top university in the UK needs 120 credits, equal to 60 credits on the ECTS at a European university. For a master's in UK (postgraduate) degree, the equivalence between 90 ECTS and 180 UK credits is 90 credits. If you wish to switch universities or majors, you'll need a certain GPA and acceptance rate at the new school.

One of the most important things to consider is whether your previous college work will transfer to the school of your choice. One university may not accept a course taken at another as credit toward a degree program. For instance, it's possible that the Chemical Engineering course you took last semester will qualify as an elective toward your degree requirements, but it might not transfer over to your new university where you plan to major in Chemical Biology.

So, it is important to note that the stakes are high when choosing to transfer. It is not an easy task whether you need to switch to a part-time schedule or attend a school that's more convenient for you geographically. KC Overseas Education will be able to help you in case you decide to take any such step based on genuine reasons, but we highly recommend that you choose your university and major in such a way that such changes are not needed ahead.

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