If you are considering leaving university or changing your studies, take the time to consider your options before proceeding with this major decision.
What are the main reasons for leaving university?
It is difficult to know if an undergraduate course is right for you until you feel it. Many first-year students have second thoughts about their decision to go to university for a number of reasons:
Career – You have changed your mind about the job you would like to do, and the subject you are enrolled in is no longer relevant. Learn about making job changes.
Lesson – you struggle with a lot of work or you are not challenged enough, you do not respond well to teaching and assessment methods or it is not just what you expected.
Center – the university you have chosen is very large/small, have you lived close to home and would like to move away, or have moved away and missed home.
Finance – you can’t afford tuition or accommodation, accommodation costs are out of your budget or you are not comfortable with the idea of accumulating and dealing with student debt.
Personal – Do you have a disability or health problems that make university life difficult to deal with, have you lost your home, or find it difficult to balance your studies with other responsibilities.
Where can I get advice?
Whatever your situation, remember that there are always people you can talk to before choosing the best course for your situation. You can turn to:
Friends and family – know you on a personal level, and they will have your best interests at heart.
Other students – final year students in your course can alleviate (or confirm) your doubts and give you advice, with the benefit of looking back. If you are planning to change courses, talking to students about a course you would like to attend will give you a taste of what you can expect from the change.
Career Service – a career counselor will discuss how well your course fits into your career aspirations, and whether taking another course or degree can be a very important business.
Can I skip part of my study?
You do not have to complete the course you started. However, before you can officially state your intention to travel, you should continue attending your lectures and seminars. If you change your mind and decide to stay, you will regret missing classes and you may suffer from giving assignments and seating tests.
As you consider your options, it is best to discuss them with your student support officer or career counselor. They can discuss the pros and cons of changing or leaving your studies and help you come up with an effective work plan once you go.
If you decide to leave, you will need to meet with your instructor to let him know about your plans. You will then need to obtain and complete the required withdrawal forms provided by your intelligence office. Only when these have been submitted and received can you arrange an official departure date with your door.
Once this date has been set, you will need to contact Student Finance to formally set your goals for it. They will contact you going downstairs to discuss the financial side of leaving university.
What are the consequences of transferring or switching universities?
If you withdraw from your studies, you will be liable to pay a percentage or all of your tuition fees, and you will cease to qualify for maintenance. You will no longer be able to get student accommodation, and you will have to start paying council taxes.
If you are leaving university because of your career prospects, you will need to think about what you would like to do next. Some jobs will require qualifications, but you will be able to get into other alternatives.
Make sure you do some research before you leave your studies. If you have a work ethic in mind, visit our job profiles to assess entry requirements.
You will not be able to join a graduation scheme without a completed degree – most programs will apply for a higher degree as a minimum requirement.
However, employers should not look at your decision negatively, as long as you can explain how your decision is a good step toward achieving your goals.
When will I need to repay a student loan?
You will lose your right to study and to pay maintenance as soon as you leave your studies.
You will have to pay a tuition fee for all, or part of it, for the current year. Student Finance will assess your financial status and send you details of the loan amount you can get and what you will have to repay. back. How much you will be charged will depend on when you decide to leave the academic year.
Along with your tuition fees, you will be expected to repay your maintenance loan, which includes your accommodation. When you move into a student residence, you will probably have signed a 40- or 52-week contract. This will need to be fully respected and you will need to pay off any debts you have incurred to cover these costs. You can only be exempt from this contract by finding another student who will fill your room and take payments.
Can I change my university studies?
You may have moved on to a different course at the same university, as long as you have enough space in the new system and transfers are agreed upon between departments. When speaking with your new department, you will need to give reasons for wanting to submit courses and show that you are taking your studies seriously.
To transfer, you will need to complete and submit an internal referral form, which you can request from your current department. This will be approved once you have met the requirements to enter your new course.
Changing university courses can have financial consequences for a variety of reasons – for example, if you go on a long or short course. Contact Student Finance as soon as you make your decision to get your new loan rights.
Switching modules in the same course is a straightforward process. Request a ‘module change’ form from your department, and you will be redirected to new modules that do not conflict with your existing schedule.
Changing one-on-one honors is very complicated. You may be asked to submit another personal statement, attend an interview with your potential department, or leave the institution and re-apply through UCAS for the next joint honors the following year.
What do I do for transferring to universities?
If you are not happy with your institution, you can transfer to another. You will still need to do your research and meet the requirements to enter the university you would like to move to.
Your past credits may be considered if you hope to join a new university for the second year in a row. Otherwise, you may need to restart the first year of your new university.
For a definitive answer on whether you can transfer, contact your admission officer at your new university.
Be prepared for the possibility of re-applying through UCAS to resume your study, as well as the financial implications of this.
As part of your application, the university may request information about your current courses and modules, a transcript of your studies, and academic reference.