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Transferring courses

Taking a new direction

If you've decided you'd like to change what you're studying at the University of Sydney, you may be able to transfer to a different degree.

There are many reasons you may want to transfer into a new course.

Perhaps your initial course didn’t meet your expectations, or you entered university with the intention of transferring to another course after the first year. The option to transfer gives you a second shot at your preferred course if you don’t quite meet the admission criteria (previously referred to as entry requirements) to get in straight from school.

You may also be eligible for credit for previous study to carry across to your new degree. If you are direct applicant, an application for credit or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) can be made at the time of application for admission into the course. You will receive the outcome of your credit application along with the outcome of your application for credit. The credit application process is different if you are applying through UAC. Find out more about when and how to apply for credit/RPL.

Visit the Student website for detailed information on how to change your course.

Assessment criteria

If you have completed less than 48 credit points at the end of this semester, your application to transfer will be based on the qualification that was used to gain admission to your current degree, usually your ATAR or equivalent.

Once you have accumulated 48 or more credit points, your performance in your current degree becomes a factor in determining your eligibility if it is better than your previous results.

If you entered your undergraduate degree under an admission pathway, any benefit you gained in addition to your ATAR does not carry across to your new application. 

What about postgraduate? 

If you are a postgraduate student and want to change to a course that is not an allowable course transfer, you will need to make a new application through Find a course.

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