Transferring to or from University

For a variety of reasons you may find yourself wanting to change institution. We welcome applications from students wanting to transfer to us, but there are some things to consider before you apply:

  • Notifying your current institution
    You may want to approach your personal tutor or central support services to discuss your situation and any implications of transferring;
  • Visa implications
    If you are an international student studying on a Student Route visa you should seek advice from your institution’s international support team;
  • Student finance
    You will also need to consider any impact on your Student Finance loan arrangements;
  • Academic progression
    Your current institution may calculate your final degree classification in a different way. Read Leeds Arts University’s Academic Regulations (section 9) on how your final degree classification is calculated so you can compare this.

You will only be accepted onto the second year of a course if there are places available, transfer to the third year of a course is not normally possible.

How to apply

Admission to the second year of a course can be made on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning, set out in the University’s Academic Regulations (section 4). You should provide evidence that you have previously undertaken prior and relevant learning. It must demonstrate that your previous learning correlates with the learning outcomes of the module(s). For further information about recognition of prior learning, please contact the University’s Admissions team at

If you’re made an offer

If you receive an offer, it will be conditional on completion of your current year of study and gaining 120 credits or 60 ECTS credits. If we are unable to offer you a place for second year study, we will consider offering you a place for the first year. It is important that you check which year the offer is for.

Transferring from Leeds Arts University to another institution

If you transfer to another institution you will need to permanently withdraw from Leeds Arts University. Before you make your decision you should:

  • Make an appointment to speak to your course leader to discuss your options;
  • Seek advice from the other institution about their requirements and to ensure that there is a place available (you may need to reapply through UCAS).

If you have followed the above steps and decide that you wish to leave the University, please contact the Higher Education Administration team to request a withdrawal form.

International students

If you are an international student, studying on a Student Route visa, transferring may have implications for your immigration status. Please contact the Internationalisation team to discuss this.

Implications of transferring to another institution

You may still be liable to pay some or all of your tuition fees to Leeds Arts University. Please speak to Student Finance.

If you have completed enough credits you will be sent a certificate for an exit award.

Transferring to a new institution may affect how your final award is classified, so do check their academic regulations.

Transferring from one Leeds Arts University course to another

Changing courses within the University is not an automatic right and needs the approval of both the current course leader and the new course leader.

You must discuss your request with your current course leader and your proposed new course leader. If a change in course is agreed in principle, both course leaders will review your academic progress to date. You may have to commence the new course at the start of the next academic year.

There may be financial implications of transferring and therefore you must speak to Student Finance to ensure you have received financial advice about any potential impact on your student loan.

Further detailed assistance, information and forms for current students wishing to transfer course or mode of study is available on the University’s intranet.

International students (Student Route Visa Students)

The Student Route visa is issued to study a particular course within a specific timeframe. The Home Office has regulations which describe if a student is permitted to change courses, taking into account whether they are academically suitable for the course and whether their visa will allow it. Any international students wishing to transfer must first discuss this with the International Team.