Transferring between degrees

Currently enrolled students wishing to change the degree they are studying may apply for a degree transfer. New students may not apply for a degree transfer until they have enrolled in a program for a minimum of 1 Semester, 24 units full time (0.5 EFTSL). Transferring to a new degree is an act of admissions and all applications will be assessed against admission requirements.

Important Fee Information

Under the Job-ready Graduates Package of reforms to higher education, the Australian Government has made changes to the student contribution bands for domestic students commencing a new program with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) from 1 January 2021. If you transfer into a new program for 2021, you will not have your student contribution amounts grandfathered, and will be required to pay the new 2021 student contribution rates. Before submitting your transfer application, please review the student contribution rate information available on the StudyAssist webpage.  

There are a small number of exceptions to this. The grandfathering arrangements will apply to: 

  • transfers from the ANU Bachelor of Studies to another ANU program  
  • Any student who is requested by the University to transfer from their current program as a result of changes in the University or its curriculum. 

Important Information to Consider

  • If you transfer into a new program and your first enrolment in that program is in 2021, the new Commonwealth student contribution rates will apply. Please note that this includes students transferring programs within a Flexible Double Degree.
  • You may only submit one degree transfer application per deadline and no more than two degree transfer applications can be submitted per academic year.
  • Undergraduate students can submit a degree transfer application in semester 1 and 2 only (as an undergraduate student, you can not submit a degree transfer application to commence in Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring).
  • Postgraduate Students can submit a degree transfer application in the first half of the academic year (Spring, Summer or Semester 1) and the second half of the academic year (Autumn, Winter or Semester 2).
  • Transfers to some degrees are not possible (see Step 2).
  • You must seek academic advice about changing your degree before submitting an application and ensure that you can meet the new degree requirements.
  • Tuition fees and the duration of your study may increase as a result of your degree transfer.
  • Check your scholarship Conditions of Award or sponsorship agreement before applying (see Step 1).
  • You will need to initiate an application for course credit transfer (see Step 7)
  • Once you have accepted your degree transfer in ISIS, the transfer will be processed. If you have transferred in error, you will need to submit a new application for the next available transfer session.
  • Domestic students will need to complete new Commonwealth Assistance Form(s) for their new degree(s) by the first census date of their enrolled session.

You do not need to apply for a degree transfer if you have been advised that you are:

  • a student identified as having breached academic progress rules.  You may be transferred to a new degree based on the outcome of this process and this will be initiated by your college.
  • a student who is not meeting the requirements of a higher degree and you are going to be transferred to a lower degree.  (An example would be a Masters to a Graduate Diploma).  This will be initiated by your College. If you have a CSP the student contribution grandfathering arrangements will apply to you.

All other requests should be applied for online.

Principal Dates - Deadlines for applying for Degree Transfer - Undergraduate

Application Period


Semester 1

31 October

Semester 2

31 May

Principal Dates - Deadlines for applying for Degree Transfer - Postgraduate

Application Period Deadline  
Autumn Session 31 January  
Semester 2 & Winter Session 31 May  
Spring Session 31 July  
Semester 1 & Summer Session 31 October  

Please note: You can not submit more than two degree transfer applications per academic year


Step 1
Seek Advice & Information

a) Seek advice on scholarships and sponsorships

If you have a scholarship or sponsorship, transferring to a new degree may affect your eligibility.

You should check the Conditions of Award for your scholarship and confirm with the provider that your scholarship will not be jeopardised by changing degrees.

If you are a sponsored student ie. those who have fees paid by a third party and which may include external scholarship holders, you should discuss your intention to transfer with you sponsors before applying.  A degree transfer will require a new sponsorship agreement to be set up.  Students sponsored externally will need to complete a new Notification of External Sponsorship form

b) Seek advice on your intended program

There are a number of people in the College to which you wish to transfer who can provide you with advice to ensure your chosen program is the right program for you. They can also advise on how transferring will impact on the duration of your studies and the support services available to ensure your success.

Your on campus accommodation may be impacted if the duration of your program changes, especially if the duration is less. Check the terms on your accommodation agreement to ensure you inderstand the impact.

Step 2
Check your Eligibility

To be eligible to transfer your undergraduate degree you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have enrolled in a program for a minimum of 1 Semester, 24 units full time (0.5 EFTSL);
  • You have sought academic advice from your college;
  • This is your first degree transfer application for each application period;
  • Your application must be received by the published deadlines for each half year;
  • Conditions of any sponsorship you may hold do not prevent the degree transfer;
  • You have no outstanding fees;
  • Transfer must be at the same level (eg from an undergraduate degree to another undergraduate degree);
  • Not be applying for a transfer to the ANU Medical School, ANU Extension, Bachelor of Studies or Diploma of Advance Studies (please contact your College for further information).

Step 3
Complete application

To apply for a degree transfer, click on the "Apply to Transfer" button at the top of this page.  This will take you into ISIS where you will be required to enter your ISIS username and password. Remember the preferred borwser is Chrome.

To navigate to the degree transfer application select:  Main Menu (compass button in top-right corner of screen) > Navigator > ISIS > Degree Management > Apply for Degree Transfer

Step 4

Transferring to a new degree is an act of admission and all applications will be assessed against admission requirements.  To review the admission requirements for the degree you wish to transfer to, please go to Programs and Courses and review the degree or degree combination.

You must have enrolled in a program for a minimum of 2 Semesters, 48 units full time (0.5 EFTSL) before tertiary study is considered as part of your admission assessment.  Applicants for transfer with less than 48 units of tertiary study will be assessed on their original entrance rank which does not include bonus points.

Step 5
Notification of decision

You will be advised of the outcome of your degree transfer application by email to your ANU student email account.

    Step 6
    Action your Offer

    Applications will be actioned once you have accepted your offer. You will need to accept your degree transfer offer on your ISIS account by following these steps: Main Menu > ISIS > Degree Management > Degree Transfer Acceptance.

    Upon successful application for degree transfer:

    • Eligible students must complete new electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form(s) (e-CAF) for HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and SA-HELP.  These forms are available on ISIS under the Account Details menu. You must complete the applicable forms by the first census date of your enrolled session.
    • Externally sponsored students are to complete a new Notification of External Sponsorship form and seek written approval from their sponsor

    Step 7
    Enrol in courses

    Until you are formally advised that your transfer is successful, you must meet all the requirements of your current degree including enrolling by the due dates and paying any fees.

    If your transfer is successful, your enrolment in your old degree will be removed along with any fee liability in the semester/trimester/session of your transfer. Any fees already paid in the relevant semester/session will be credited towards your new degree fees.

    You will then be required to enrol in courses under your new degree by the relevant session's enrolment deadline. If the enrolment deadline had passed, you will need to ask your academic college to enrol you.