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Changing Your Program

There may be a number of reasons that you might wish to change your program of study. changing your program can have serious visa implications.

Changing programs is not always possible. It is important to think seriously about your motivation for, and decision to, change your current program of study. Gather as much information as you can about the program you are considering changing to. For example, there are some programs that only accept new students in February (at the start of the academic year).

For general advice and information about the impact of changing programs on your student visa, you can come to the ISC and talk to an International Student Advisor.

  • Transfer to Another Institution

    Students who have the words "no change of provider" on their student visa label may not change the education provider of their preliminary or principal program within the first 6 months without obtaining a letter of release from the University and permission from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) before they change. This means you will need to spend 6 months studying a program at the University of Adelaide, in addition to any time you spend completing bridging studies or Foundation Studies. Students will be required to provide evidence that exceptional circumstances exist justifying their change of enrolment if they wish to transfer to another institution before this time has elapsed.

    Download the Application to Transfer Education Provider Form.

    If you have been in your principal program for more than 6 months and you are transferring to another Provider, you need to complete the Amendment to Enrolment Form and submit it to the ISC.

    Students who, at any time after arrival in Australia, wish to change their principal program of study must apply for a new visa in the subclass appropriate to their new principal program if the new course is in a different education sector (e.g. changing from a program at a university to one at a TAFE).

  • Changing Programs at the University of Adelaide

    If you are currently studying at the University of Adelaide and wish to change your academic program to another program offered by the University of Adelaide at any stage of your current program, you can apply to the Admissions Office online. Please note: this online form is only available at certain times of the year.

    If you wish to make an enquiry about changing your program, please visit the International Student Recruitment and Admissions Office enquiries site.

    If you are successful in gaining admission to the new program, the International Office will provide you with a new CoE for the duration of the new program.

    Further Study

    You can also use this online form to apply to study another program after your current program at the University of Adelaide if you are still studying and about to complete a program of study, or within 6 months of the completion of your previous program of study.

  • Program Entry Requirements

    Each program has its own entry requirements. Learn about the requirements for the new degree, such as:

    • prerequisites
    • length of the program
    • number of credit points needed in a particular major
    • combinations of courses allowed.

    You can find this information online in the International Prospectus.

    For specific advice about programs, go to the Faculty/School office and read the program and course information they provide and/or talk to the Faculty’s Course Advisor about the program.

    As you find out more about the new program, remember your own interests and goals— think about what knowledge you want to leave the University with and what future paths you want this knowledge to lead to.

    Don’t rush when making important decisions—know your own needs, gather all the information, discuss it with others, and then choose.


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