Transferring to another course within the University of Melbourne

How do I apply for a transfer to another course?

Current students who wish to change courses within the University of Melbourne should lodge a new application for admission. For further information go here.

If you receive a letter of offer for another course, you may accept the offer by completing an offer acceptance agreement (enclosed with the offer letter) and provide a copy of your passport and current visa.

After you accept an offer of place in another course, you should withdraw from your current course via the Student Portal.

Visa implications

Once you have accepted the new offer, you will receive a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). The University will notify the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) of the changes in your enrolment, however please note that:

  • If your student visa is valid for the duration of your new course, you do not need to apply for a new visa, however:
    • If your course ends before November, you can remain in Australia on your current visa for two months after the course end date.
    • If your course ends in November or December, you can remain in Australia on your current visa until 15 March of the following year.
  • If your student visa is only valid for part of the duration of your new course, you should renew your student visa within a few weeks before it expires.
  • If you have transferred to a coursework degree and you hold a Student (Postgraduate Research) visa (Subclass 574), you must apply for a new Student (Higher Education) visa (Subclass 573) as soon as you receive your new COE.
  • If you have transferred to a research degree course and you hold a Student (Higher Education) visa (Subclass 573), you must apply for a new Student (Postgraduate Research) visa (Subclass 574) after you receive your new COE.

Transferring to another education provider

Limitations on transfers to another provider

If you have accepted an offer of place and were granted a student visa to study at the University of Melbourne, you are expected to at least complete six months of your principal course.

You can only transfer to another education provider within six months in limited circumstances:

  1. You have obtained a Letter of Release from the University.
    The application process and circumstance in which the University can issue a Letter of Release are outlined in the University's International Student Transfer Policy.
  2. You are a government sponsored student and your sponsor has agreed in writing with the transfer to another provider.
  3. The course for which have received a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) ceased to be offered by the University and ceased to be registered on CRICOS.

If you wish to transfer to another provider after you have completed six months of your principal course, you do not need to seek permission from the University.

Visa implications

The University must inform the Australian Government Department of Education and the Department of Immigration (DIBP) that you have transferred to another provider and will cancel your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). If you are transferring to another education provider, there may be visa implications if your student visa was granted under the Streamlined Visa Processing. You may need to apply for a new student visa if your new course is in a different education sector and/or the education provider is a non-Streamlined Visa Processing provider. For further information, please refer to DIBP’s website. Please contact DIBP on 131 881 to discuss your circumstances

What is my principal course?

If you are granted a student visa based on more than one course (packaged courses), your principal course is the last course for which your visa is granted.

Notifying the University

It is a student visa condition to notify the University when you have transferred to another education provider. You should do so by withdrawing from your course at the University of Melbourne via the Student Portal within 7 days of receiving a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for your new course.