As a graduate of UniSA, I can understand what it likes to be a small fish in a big pond. The academic journey is a path of searching for the light on a dark road, it is an age of discovery, the era of growth, and time to achieve intellectual gifts.
But if you are not satisfied with the institution where you are studying or like me, you also feel that the only solution is to transfer from the current institute to another, you are at the right place.
No doubt, transferring from UniSA to somewhere else is a daunting task, and it comes with a few problems. You might face a labeled identity of admission failure or weak personality but it is time to challenge the status quo. Let’s dive in together and figure out the solution!
Transferring from UniSA To Another University
I have experienced a similar situation in the past as I wanted to transfer from UniSA to an institute in another state. It is true that UniSA is a reputable institute for adult students, it offers multiple scholarships and allows students to work, and pays stipends to them.
Plus the management, faculty, and staff all are responsive and allow freedom to move from one place to another. But my reason to transfer was a bit different. I applied for the transfer for the sake of more exposure and to find a different community of intellects.
Anyhow, the university offers students to transfer and you should know that it is not an overnight procedure. Sometimes, it may take weeks, or in special cases, you may need to wait for months. Well, the duration depends upon several factors such as the program, providing documents and transcripts, or the admission office’s decision. Therefore, you should be ready to wait for an unexpected duration if you are applying for a transfer.
Step 1: Select a Institute
It is highly significant to ensure that the university you are applying to, allows transferred students from the UniSA. There are many universities that do not offer students to study, therefore, you must clarify it right after you plan to leave.
If I tell you my way, research for a week and list out the institute which offers transfer from UniSA. Once you have everything on the table, pick the most reputable institutes which offer more facilities.
Once you filter out them, go to google and check their international ranking. Now align the names from high to low and mark the 3 or 5 with the most high ranking. I will recommend you visit those filtered institutes but if you are unable to pay a visit, search about them as much as you can, and read feedback from the students.
Step 2: Check Eligibility Criteria
At the end of the day, you will have only one institute on the list, now check the eligibility criteria. Check all the details about the program you want to continue there and examine how you can apply. Once you are satisfied and you are also eligible, visit that particular university for further information about the submission and program.
Step 3: Apply for Another University
You have done the research job and the next step is to apply for the transfer. First apply for a transfer from your university (UniSA) to another institute. You are required to fill out a form where you will provide all the details about the program, cost, and purpose for transfer then submit it. There are two ways to do this task, first, you can apply on the university website on the other hand, you can submit from to the admission office manually.
Step 4: Send the Transcript
Once you apply for the transfer, you will need to send the transcript to the other institute. Additionally, if you apply for it, it is possible they will charge you a few bucks for the transfer application and the transcript. However, pay the bill and bring the documents. The next step is to send it to the receiving university. Remember, the transcript should inform all about the grades and courses you have taken in the past.
Step 5: Wait for the Approval
Once you submit the transcript and application to the new institute, wait for their approval. Here you must pose a great amount of tolerance because at this moment both institutes will decide your future. Anyhow, if the approval arrives with a piece of good news, you will need to follow the instructions provided by the institute further. But you have done the job and now you are no longer a student of UniSA.
Can You be Registered at Two Universities at the Same Time?
Yes, you can register at two universities including the University of South Africa and any other. The process is called joint enrollment as well as concurrent enrollment. You can apply for it but you should also know that it costs more and increases academic pressure.
Can I Transfer to Another Uni for the Second Year?
Yes, you can transfer to another University for the second year but you are required to gather the information about the target institute you are applying for. What I mean to say is, UniSA allows students to transfer for the second year but if you are applying to get the transcript then first ensure that the next institute allows you to come there.
Can I transfer from one university to another in South Africa?
Certainly, you can transfer from one university to another in South Africa. The country has one of the best educational systems in the world and they are progressing day by day. The transfer procedure varies from institute to institute. Therefore, you should gather information about the university you are studying currently and then go for a transfer.
How long are UniSA credits valid for?
The validity of UniSA credits is about 4 years. After 4 years, your earned credits may expire.
Can I transfer quickly from another university?
The duration of the transfer depends upon the university’s policies. But most South African Universities offer a fast transfer. However, the minimum duration a transfer takes is about a week. On the other hand, it may go for a month in case your documents have any problems.
I am not a great fan of changing institutes but in my experience, if you want to get more exposure, learn more about your program, and find out different perspectives, you should change your institute. However, you should also avail the opportunity in case you need to shift to another city or state because of academic problems. Anyhow, UniSA is one of the most well-known universities in the world.
No one can deny that the university offers a list of opportunities, and scholarships and appoints responsive employees. But sometimes you are not made to suit certain environments so there is no need to feel shame if you move on. Anyway, I have explained the 5 steps to transfer and discussed the most important aspects. I hope you find this guide helpful, Thank you!