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How to change courses midyear


Whether your current degree isn’t quite the right fit, or you’re looking to head in a whole new direction, switching to a new course midyear might be your best option for a fresh start. Here’s how you can transfer in five steps at ACU.

1. Confirm it's what you want

Start by confirming you do in fact want to transfer your studies, and you’re not just looking to take a break from uni for a while. Transfers are about changing courses (and/or campuses) to study a different degree that interests you more or will help you get your dream job. If you’ve already been studying for at least one semester and want a time-out from uni, you can’t defer starting your studies in the new course if you’ve transferred. Instead, you'll first need to apply for an interruption to studies and then apply to transfer before you're ready to start studying again.

2. Check requirements 

If a transfer is definitely what you’re after, check the entry requirements for the course you have your eye on to confirm your eligibility.

For undergraduate students:

  • If you have completed at least two units (20 credit points), a new selection rank can be calculated based on the number of units completed and your current grade point average (GPA).

  • Some highly competitive courses require you to achieve a high GPA over at least one year of full-time study (ie 80 credit points) to have the required selection rank.

  • Your entry score from high school or other previous studies will also be considered for most courses.

  • Some courses also require the completion of prerequisite subjects.

For postgraduate students: 

  • You can only transfer to other postgraduate courses with a common discipline (eg transfer between a postgraduate Certificate in Education to a Master of Education).

  • A change of course to another discipline requires a new application for admission (eg Master of Education to Master of Religious Education).

  • Your application to transfer will be considered against the entry requirements of your requested course. 

3. Reach out to the course coordinator

Speak to them about the new course to ensure it’s what you really want to study. They will be able to answer any questions about subjects, possible credit, career options, and point you in the right direction.

4.Get the right advice

If you want further advice about how midyear transfers are processed or your likelihood of success in having yours approved, contact AskACU.

5. Submit your application 

Once you’ve confirmed that you’re eligible to transfer, click on My Enrolment in Student Connect to submit your application. Here you’ll find a list of courses that are available to transfer to for midyear, along with which campus each course is offered at.

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Don’t forget

Keep your eye on the closing date for transfers.

If you miss the transfer cut-off date, make sure you still enrol in your current course and campus by the re-enrolment date to avoid a late fee. This will also ensure that you remain in your original course and campus if your transfer request is unsuccessful.

If you change your mind and decide to stick with your current course but you’ve already applied, you can cancel your transfer request through Student Connect.

For more information about transfers, head to the website or contact AskACU.

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Impact brings you compelling stories, inspiring research, and big ideas from ACU. It's about the impact we’re having on our communities, and our Mission in action. It’s a practical resource for career, life and study.

At ACU it’s education, but not as you know it. We stand up for people in need, and causes that matter.

If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, do contact us.

Copyright @ Australian Catholic University 1998-2018 | ABN 15 050 192 660 CRICOS Reg: 00004G