6 Reasons International Students Change Course

6 Reasons International Students Change Course

Australia, counting till 2018, has 8,69,709 international students studying in different universities all over the country. Australia has 43 universities (40 Australian, 2 International, and one private) and more than 22,000 courses. Popular in Australia are –

  • Accountancy
  • Agricultural Science
  • Actuarial Science
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Core Engineering
  • Earth Science
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Psychology
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management

Sometimes, students decide to change their courses, and it’s normal. But it would help if you remembered that changing courses here in Australia is not a simple process as an international student. 


Here are six reasons why international students change courses:

  • After studying for a while, you realized the course wasn’t as expected. You don’t find it as interesting as you did.

  • Found the course too hard. You are having a hard time understanding and getting it.

  • It wasn’t financially feasible to study this course. The course expenses exceeded your budget and capability, and bearing the cost is becoming burdensome.

  • I couldn’t generate the expected results. Fall behind on credits and can’t maintain good academic results. 

  • Failed to see desired career prospects. The career choices don’t match your dream jobs or what you expect. Other courses have better-desired career prospects.

  • In case you prefer to study another course. You found your passion and interest in some other course and would like to devote your efforts to learning that.

For locals, the process is reasonably straightforward, but there’s a bit of work for international students. And there are a few things you must take into account.

  • You must have six-plus months of your courses completed because you’ll require the permission of your current education provider to transfer, and you won’t get it if you haven’t completed more than six months of the course unless you have strong reasons.


  •  If your end date of confirmation of enrollment changes with the change of your course, you’ll have to apply for a new visa within 28 days of completing your main course to avoid canceling your visa or leaving Australia.

  • You’ll need to ensure that you’ve maintained good academic results, for many courses will only accept you if your GPA is at a certain level. 

Step by step guided way to a successful course change is explained below briefly:

  • Book an appointment with a student adviser. A student adviser will be able to guide you properly and reduce the chances of missed opportunities, financial distress, or student visa issues. That way, you’ll be able to go through all your options and choices, whether you’ll need to change institutions or just go for internal transfer and everything.
  • Consider Visa requirements so that you don’t end up with a canceled visa or made to leave Australia.
  • Understand your financial obligations. Check with your education counselor to go through your financial aid and scholarship options. Studying is costly and changing courses will add upon extra charges on you.
  • Select a new course or institution. Do your research. See which institution or courses suit you and your interests to pursue the degree. 

Once you receive an offer, you can seek credit for a study you’ve already completed depending on the situation. It’s not a loss even if you change courses after 3 or 4 years. We don’t always know what we want or where our potential lies when we choose our courses in the first year. Through exploration is how we find the stage where we shine the brightest. So don’t hold back from following your passion and go for it. Do your research and weigh all the options and make choices for yourself.

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