How to transfer from another course

Australian students

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree:

  • At another institution and want to transfer to Melbourne, or
  • Are currently enrolled at Melbourne and want to apply for a different course,

you should apply through VTAC (the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) as described in how to apply for an undergraduate course.

Students enrolled in an Australian fee place wishing to be considered for a Commonwealth supported place:

Students enrolled in an Australian fee place who wish to be considered for a Commonwealth supported place in the same course will be considered on a competitive basis with the wider pool of applicants for a Commonwealth supported place. Contact your Student Centre for details of how they prefer you to apply.

International students

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at another institution and want to apply to study at Melbourne:

If you wish to transfer from another institution, please apply directly through our online application system. You may need to supply detailed subject information about subjects you have already completed at other institutions if you wish to be assessed for advanced standing.

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Melbourne and want to apply for a different course within Melbourne:

If you're an international student currently studying at the University of Melbourne and you wish to transfer to another University of Melbourne course, you must submit your transfer application via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Be sure that your application is finalised by the VTAC due dates.

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Melbourne and want to transfer to a different institution:

International students who have accepted an offer from the University of Melbourne and been granted a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and wish to transfer providers within the first six months of their study must submit the following documents to the Associate Director, Enquiries and Admissions:

  1. A written letter detailing the reasons behind your request to transfer to another institution and how you will benefit from the transfer.
  2. A copy of the offer letter from the other institution confirming that you have been offered an unconditional place at the institution.
  3. Written confirmation that your parent or legal guardian supports the transfer if you are under 18 years of age.
  4. Written approval for the change from the scholarship body if a sponsor is paying the tuition fees.

Outcome

You will be notified of the outcome of your request within 10 working days of submitting your request to the Associate Director, Enquiries and Admissions. There is no charge for a letter of release.

  • Successful outcome: Students will be informed that the University has approved the request to transfer to another institution, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will be informed and their University of Melbourne COE cancelled. The student must be advised that they will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to seek advice on whether a new student visa is required.
  • Unsuccessful outcome: Students will be informed of the reasons for this decision and informed that they may freely transfer between institutions after six months. Students can appeal the decision in writing in accordance with the University's complaints and appeals process.

International students who are currently enrolled in another degree and wish to transfer will need a letter of release. Please see our International student transfer policy for more details.

International students granted permanent residency

If you have been granted permanent residency while you are enrolled please see the Tuition Fee Policy for details of the process.

Credit for previous study

Credit (advanced standing) for completed tertiary studies may be granted if any of the previous studies are comparable in content, equivalent in standard and suitable to be included as part of the course. Faculties specify the maximum credit allowable and publish guidelines. Decisions regarding credit are only made after an offer of a place in the course has been made. The University of Melbourne credit policy is available online.

The University of Melbourne supports the Credit Transfer Agreement signed by the Vice Chancellors of the Group of Eight (Go8) Australian universities.

The Agreement recognises the excellence of teaching and research that exists in Go8 universities, and enhances the mobility of students between them by facilitating the transfer of credit earned at their institutions. The Agreement is based on an acceptance that the assessment regimes at all Go8 universities are comparable and transferable.