Transferring to another University

Changing University

If you are thinking about moving to another University, we can help and advise you on the processes.

The process for transferring to another University can be complex. There will be arrangements to be made with us, and with your new University. There are rules that must be followed for you to transition successfully. If you are not happy on your current programme, we recommend you discuss things with someone you feel comfortable with such as your personal tutor, Programme Leader, a member of staff in Student Advice or the Chaplaincy team. Whatever your reasons are for thinking about studying elsewhere, we can guide you. Attendance is linked to your references, qualifications and student finance so it’s important that you still attend sessions timetabled for your current programme.

For international students, there could be Visa implications if you wish to move to another University. Please contact the International Office for advice international@bishopg.ac.uk

Programmes at other Universities

The UCAS website gives you information about programmes offered at other Universities. UCAS provide lots of information on how to choose which Universities and programmes could be right for you to consider https://www.ucas.com/. Our Careers team (located within BG Futures) can also help you think about your options for moving whilst focusing on your career planning, employability and skills. You can contact them by emailing bgfutures@bishopg.ac.uk

How the process works

You will need to apply to the University you are interested in. Processes may vary, but Programme Leaders here and at the new University will help with the change, if your application is accepted. Your Programme Leader here will ensure that the Student Administration Office are informed. They will arrange any additional paperwork with you and set your leaving date.  The date agreed will affect your current student loan and future finance options. You will also need to consider how the change affects your current and new accommodation. The Student Advice Team and the Student Administration Office are here to help you with the transition.

 

Your student finance and the impact of changing University

The timing of your move to another University will be an important factor. Your particular circumstances at the time of your transition – such as which programme you are moving form and to – will also be considered.

Transferring within the same academic year usually means your funding can be carried over.

If you begin at your new University at the start of a new academic year (starting again), having studied part of the year with us, you may not be able to claim money back for the year you didn’t finish. Student finance is usually available for the ordinary length of your programme plus one additional year, and a single day of study on a previous higher education programme can count as a year when calculating your funding entitlement.

In the case of a three-year programme, you could finish one year of study and still be entitled to three further years of support. However, if you transfer during your second year and begin another course from the beginning (totalling five years of study), you may have to self-fund part of it.

You should always seek advice about your entitlement to student finance if you are considering a transfer, particularly if you have previous study from another higher education programme, or your studies started before September 2016.

 

Student Finance England have more details online – it’s vital you keep them up to date with any changes as soon as possible Student Finance England

UCAS also have information to help you https://www.ucas.com/undergraduate/student-life/getting-student-support/changing-or-leaving-your-course

Other options open to you

If you are concerned that your current Programme isn’t right for you, or have personal circumstances that are making continuing difficult, there are several options you can consider. These include intercalation (taking time out from studying), transferring between programmes within BGU, or withdrawing completely from higher education.

For more information please see the ‘Transfers, Withdrawals and Suspensions’ section of our policies and procedures web page, here:  https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/policies-procedures-regulations-forms/. You can discuss any of these options with your personal tutor, Programme Leader, Student Advice, the Student Administration Office or another member of staff.

 

 

 

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