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Can I Change My Course As An International Student?

Can I Change My Course As An International Student?
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As an international student, making the decision to change your course can happen for a number of reasons.

This could simply be that you were not sure of your career path at the time you had to choose a course.

It could be because of the cost of tuition or it could even be because you have plans for post-study work in Australia.

Whatever the reason, making the decision to change your course is an important one that needs to be made after careful consideration.

Before we go into the steps you need to take to change your course, let’s try an address some of the questions and concerns that you would have in this type of situation.

What If I Do not like my current course?

You should first talk to a student advisor or course counsellor about the challenges you have with the course and the reasons why you do not like the course.

It is important to identify and address this concern so that you don’t end up facing the same situation if you do change the course.

The course counsellor should help you to set out a course of action that is the best option to help you achieve your study and career goals based on your specific circumstance.

They also need to help you address any stress-related or mental health issue any refer you to the appropriate qualified professional for further help.

You should first talk to a student advisor or course counsellor about the challenges you have with the course and the reasons why you do not like the course.

Can I Change To Another Course Within The Same Institution Or Transfer To Another Institution?

You should be able to change courses within the same institution as this can be handled internally within the school. There is no need to apply for a new visa unless your current visa is about to expire.

If you intend to change courses and transfer to another institution and if you have been enrolled in your current course for less than six months, you will need to get a letter of release from your current institution after getting accepted into the new course.

Do note that your current institution reserve the right to refuse to grant you a letter of release. It is your responsibility to demonstrate why you should be given a letter of release.

This will include showing why it is in your best academic interest to do so or you need to show why you should be released under special circumstances.

If the letter of release is granted, you will be issued with a new Confirmation of Enrolment by your new institution. This will then be provided to the Department of Home Affairs.

If you have been enrolled in the course for more than six months then you do not need a letter of release from your current institution to transfer to another institution.

However, you will still need to be accepted into the course in the new institution and then withdraw from your old institution.

Do I have to remain at the same level in my course?

You can either remain at the same course level or go higher when changing courses.

However, if you want to change to a lower level course such as from a bachelor course to a diploma, then you have to apply for another student visa.

How will changing my course affect my visa?

You will need to apply for another student visa if you are changing to a lower level course. It is recommended that you contact the Department of Home Affairs for more information on this issue.

Can I request for a break from my course?

Generally, the purpose of obtaining a student visa is to undergo studies in Australia.

If you have to defer your studies, you need to first speak to your institution and they will notify the Department of Home Affairs.

You will then have the opportunity to show to the department while your course should be deferred. This decision lies solely with the department and cannot be made by your institution.

Generally, the purpose of obtaining a student visa is to undergo studies in Australia.

How to change your course:

Speak to a student adviser

This is an important step to take because the student advisor will be able to provide you with the information you need and explain how the process works to you.

Think about the visa requirements

You also need to consider the visa implications that arise from changing courses. You need to check if you will still be compliant under your current visa or if you will be required to apply for another visa.

It is important to comply with the strict policies of the Department of Home Affairs on this issue.

Consider the financial implications

You need to take note of the census date set by your institution. In the case of changing courses, this is the deadline by which you can change courses without having to pay penalty fees for not completing the course.

If you change courses after the census date, you will be liable to pay the full cost of each subject in the course that you chose in that semester.

If changed the course before the census date, you would be entitled to a full or partial refund of tuition already paid.

Choose the new course and/or institution

When making this choice, it is important to think about why you are making the change and if it is what is necessary to achieve your goals. In other words, carefully consider the reasons why you want to change course or institution and pick a new course or institution that helps you to reach this outcome.

If you change courses after the census date, you will be liable to pay the full cost of each subject in the course that you chose in that semester.

YouEnrol provides a full-service student concierge and consultancy experience we are also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

Do not hesitate to book an appointment with us for a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

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