Sitting down at my desktop and typing this article, it is so funny how life unravels itself, how easy it is as individuals to make plans and envision your life going in a certain direction and then seeing your life go the opposite direction. I remember receiving my admission letter into Chemical Engineering and I was extremely excited, all those nights punching in numbers, all those formulas I crammed, everything paid off and I was super proud of myself. I would never forget how wide my mother’s smile was, her own Chukwuemeka, his father’s pride was now an engineer.

Let me answer your questions, changing a course in university is possible but it is advisable to be sure of what you choose to study beforehand. Here is what you need to do when you want to change courses;

  • Are there spaces on the new course? Find out if there are spaces on the new course you want to transfer to. If there aren’t, are there other related courses you might want to consider transferring to? Try to find out more about the courses on offer in the department you’re interested in.
  • Do you meet the entry requirements for the course you want to transfer to? Even if you’ve already completed some study at the university or college, there may also be some specific subject knowledge requirements you’ll need to meet (such as an A level in a certain subject).
  • Would the departments involved agree to you transferring? You’ll need to discuss your new course choice with the course tutor to make sure it’s appropriate for you. You may also need to attend a formal interview.
  • When can you transfer? Some universities and colleges allow students to switch their course in the first term, but you may have to wait until the next academic year.

You also should find out if you are going to have to start the course from scratch and if you are willing to make that decision.


Yomi Olusunle

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