Transfer between award courses

Introduction

In the admissions process, students receive an offer of admission to a specific award course, and enrol in accordance with the requirements of that award course. If a student wishes to enrol in a different or combined award course, they may need to lodge a new application for admission to the new course.

Students may apply to transfer award course at the SIO without lodging a new application for admission in some limited circumstances:

  • Postgraduate students applying to upgrade course;
  • Postgraduate students transferring out of the Business School;
  • Undergraduate students downgrading from a combined award course to a single award course, or transferring from one combined law course to another.

Please Note: If you are thinking about transferring from your current degree, the Student Information Office strongly recommends that you consult one of the Business School's Program Advisers to ensure that you are making the right decision. The Program Advisers can be contacted by email:

Undergraduate students: Downgrading from a combined award course to a single award course, or transferring from one combined law course to another combined law course.

This procedure applies to current local and international students in the Business School who are enrolled in combined degree programs who wish to downgrade to one of the single degrees which make up the combined degree (e.g. Commerce/Arts to Commerce). It also includes combined Law students who wish to transfer from one combination to another (e.g. Arts/Law to Commerce/Law).

Steps to follow (students who are yet to complete award course requirements)

  1. The student obtains an Undergraduate Degree Transfer Application form.
  2. The student completes the form and lodges it with the SIO. Students should ensure that they enrol for the following semester on MyUni as transfers can only be made if the student is currently enrolled. Students should ensure that they are aware of the requirements for the single degree into which they wish to transfer by checking the Business School Handbook and to select for transfer only those units of study applicable to the single degree.
  3. The SIO forwards an official letter of approval or rejection to the student.
  4. After the student enrols in the new award course, the Student Centre will send an updated Confirmation of Enrolment by mail or email. Students should check that their enrolment is correct on MyUni.

Steps to follow (students who have met the award course requirements)

  1. The student contacts the graduations section in the SIO (business.graduations@sydney.edu.au). They must state that they want to discontinue the combined award course, and specify the award course that they wish to have conferred.
  2. The student will be assessed for eligibility and a completion letter, outlining graduation details, will be forwarded to the student.

Undergraduate students: All other transfers

This procedure applies to:

  • All current students in the Business School except those in the category above;
  • Students enrolled in degree courses in other faculties of the University of Sydney; and
  • Students enrolled in degree courses at other institutions.

Steps to follow (local students)

Students must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), whether seeking admission in March Semester (when both Commonwealth-supported (i.e., HECS) places and domestic fee-paying places are available) or in July Semester (when only domestic fee-paying places are usually available).

Criteria for admission:

  1. The Business School selects applicants on the basis of academic merit, which consists of good performance in certain academic qualifications.
  2. Applicants who have completed a recognised senior secondary qualification (such as the NSW HSC) and one full-time year of study in a degree course (equivalent to 48 credit points at the University of Sydney) or more will be ranked on the basis of their ATAR (or equivalent result) and their university results.
  3. Those applicants with more than one HSC (or equivalent) would have their most recent ATAR (or equivalent) considered, in addition to their university results. Those applicants with more than one attempt at tertiary study (of one full-time year in length; see above) would have their best attempt of tertiary study considered along with their ATAR.

For further information about admission please contact the Admissions Office .

Please Note: The specific character of units of study undertaken in the most recent tertiary study makes no contribution whatsoever to determining the applicant's rank. The only criterion is the mark achieved, regardless of whether the mark was achieved in - for example - Accounting or English.

All universities that are recognized by the University of Sydney for admissions purposes are treated equally in the process of determining the rank. That is, it makes no difference which university the applicant attended for their most recent tertiary study. Again, the sole criterion is marks achieved.

Steps to follow (international students)

  1. Students apply through the International Student Office .
    Please Note: Students may be charged an application processing fee.
  2. To determine the eligibility of these applicants, the International Student Office will allocate a rank based on secondary studies and all tertiary studies. Applications are assessed on a competitive basis according to merit.
  3. The International Student Office will advise successful applicants of the outcome of their application and provide information on enrolment procedures.

Please Note: The specific character of units of study undertaken in the most recent tertiary study makes no contribution whatsoever to determining the applicant's rank. The only criterion is the mark achieved, regardless of whether the mark was achieved in - for example - Accounting or English.

The rules

  1. The University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (as amended) states that students who transfer to a new award course must complete equivalent at least two semesters of full-time study (36 credit points or greater) in that award course. (The 36 credit points or greater must be comprised of units of study from the Business School and School of Economics where applicable only). As such transfers will only be approved if a student has at least one year of full time study remaining to complete the requirements of the award course to which they are transferring.
  2. Combined degree students are able to apply to transfer in the middle of the year. Combined law students are permitted to transfer within the combined law award course or may 'downgrade' to a single award course. All other combined degree students are only permitted to 'downgrade' to a single award course.
  3. Students should note that the fees they are liable for may change as a result of a transfer. International students should consult the International Student Office to determine the impact of this on tuition fees.
  4. Applications received after the closing dates listed on the application form will be considered for the following semester.
  5. Undergraduate students wishing to transfer from an award course in another faculty of the University, or from another institution, need to apply for admission as new students. It is not possible to transfer directly from one faculty to another.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students transferring out of the Business School

Steps to Follow

Students who have decided to enrol in a course in another faculty or institution must withdraw from their candidature in the Business School award course. Please refer to the 'Discontinuation of Enrolment' section of this manual for details.

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