If you are currently studying at another university, either in the UK or elsewhere, and it’s not working out, you may be considering transferring to the University of Essex. Not all of our courses can accept second or final year applicants, please see the link below for details of which courses / departments accept applications for second year and final year entry.
We welcome enquiries and applications to transfer to the University of Essex and recommend that you read the guidance below before making an application.
Before applying to Essex from another university
Transferring to another institution is a big decision, and can take time to complete. We would recommend speaking with someone at your current university (such as your personal tutor, supervisor or academic support services) who can provide advice and guidance on the possibility of transferring.
You should also discuss with them the impact that a transfer might have on your funding or visa arrangements.
If you decide that you wish to transfer to the University of Essex, information about how to apply is below. If you wish to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office before applying to check your eligibility please provide the following information:
- the course you are interested in transferring to;
- the point of entry that you wish to transfer into (for example second or final year);
- details of your A-level and GCSE qualifications (or equivalent);
- for transfers into the second or final year – please provide a full list of modules that you have completed, or are completing, in your current university study. If this has already been completed, you should provide a copy of your results transcript;
- a copy of your English language qualification, if you are not a first language English speaker;
- confirm in your email whether or not you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
A final decision will not be made on your application to transfer until your application has been received and all sections of the application reviewed in full.
Please note that you will only be eligible to transfer into the second or final year of study at the University of Essex if you have studied the pre-requisite course modules in your current university, and have passed these at the required level.
How to apply
If your Admissions Adviser confirms that you would be eligible to make an application to transfer, you should make your application through UCAS or our Direct Admissions form. Please note that all UCAS deadlines apply to transfer applications, and some courses may have earlier deadlines to apply. Upon receipt of your application, the relevant department may invite you to interview and will assess your suitability for transfer to the University of Essex.
If you require a student visa to study in the UK, the above information will apply. However, in addition, we will consider whether you would be able to meet all Home Office requirements when determining whether or not you are eligible to transfer to the University of Essex.
Transferring from a partner institution
You may be looking to transfer to the University of Essex from a partner institution in the EU or overseas under one of our link agreements, which support the admissions of students to study with us through progression arrangements. You should make your application through UCAS or our Direct Admissions form and we will take the link agreement into consideration when assessing your application.
Transferring credit for individual modules
If you wish to transfer credits for individual modules from your current or previous university study or work experience, you should discuss the matter with the relevant Admissions Office in the first instance. Your request may be considered under the University’s Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning – AP(E)L procedure. This procedure may need to be completed in addition to submitting a standard application to transfer to the University of Essex.
Please refer to the University’s AP(E)L policy (.pdf) and procedure for further information.