You can apply for a course transfer in either of these circumstances:

  • you wish to enrol into a different course at Victoria University (VU)
  • you would like to transfer between VU and another registered provider.

Transferring within VU

If you find that the course you enrolled in is not right for you, and want to take another course at Victoria University, you may consider applying for a course transfer.

VU may give preference to an internal applicant above an external applicant at our discretion, in accordance with the selection criteria for the course.

There isĀ no guarantee that your application will be successful. Please do not withdraw from your existing course until you have received confirmation that you have been accepted into the new course.

If you're a domestic student currently enrolled in a VU course at any level, you may apply internally for another VU course. You'll need to satisfy the same entry requirements as other applicants for the course.

When you're ready to apply, find the course that you're interested in, and click 'Apply direct to VU' (only visible when applications are open for that course).

Course pages include details of the entry requirements and any required supporting documentation needed to complete your application.

If you're considering changing courses within VU, you will need to apply for the course through International Admission.

Once you have received the offer, you need to accept it, then withdraw from your current course. A new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be issued to you on acceptance.

Visa implications

The Department of Home Affairs will automatically be notified of the changes to your enrolment.

If your visa is valid for the duration of the new course, you don't need to apply for a visa extension.

You need to apply for a new visa in these cases:

  • your visa does not cover the entire duration of the new course
  • you are intending to transfer to a course at a lower AQF level (for example, from a Bachelor Degree to a Diploma, or Masters to Bachelor Degree)

You need to ensure your passport is valid at all times while studying in Australia, and that you meet visa conditions at all times.

Find out more about visa applications.

Transferring to another provider

Domestic students who are considering transferring to another provider can do so by officially withdrawing from the course.

If you have been granted a student visa after accepting an offer to study at Victoria University, you need to complete at least six calendar months of your principal course at VU.

If you have been offered a package deal, comprising multiple courses, your principal course is the highest qualification/ last course you had chosen to undertake at VU.

Once you have completed the six calendar months in your principal course, you can transfer to another provider and won't require a release. You need to officially withdraw from your course at VU, in writing, by completing and submitting the course withdrawal forms.

The Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be cancelled and VU will notify the Department of Home Affairs of the change.

You can only transfer to another provider within six months in the following situations:

  • a release has been approved by VU (the International Student Transfer Policy and International Student Transfer Procedure documents outline the process of when a release can be granted)
  • the university is no longer offering the course, or has ceased to be registered for this course
  • you are transferring to an overseas provider
  • you are sponsored by your government, and the sponsor is of the opinion that a transfer is in your best interest; the sponsor must notify the university in writing.

How to apply for release

Before you apply, familiarise yourself with the International Student Transfer Policy and International Student Transfer Procedure, which outline the process of when a release can be granted. This will give you an indication if you are eligible to apply.

To apply:

  • obtain a 'letter of offer' from the institution where you intend to study
  • complete the International Student Release Application
  • in a separate statement, provide detailed reasons for wanting to transfer from VU
  • attach official evidence if you are claiming compassionate or compelling circumstances
  • submit the completed application, along with supporting documents, either in person at VUHQ or via AskVU.

All transfers to and from Victoria University are assessed on a case-by-case basis in line with Standard 7 of the 2018 National Code and the International Student Transfer Policy. The University can refuse to release you from your course if we believe the transfer would be detrimental to you.

What to do while your application is assessed

Until your application has been assessed and approved, you must:

  • remain enrolled for the relevant study period
  • pay your fees by the payment due date
  • attend all classes
  • participate in class/external group work
  • submit all assignments
  • complete all online quizzes, tests and exams.