6 Factors to Consider When Changing Your Current Course at University

Finding your own path to a course programme that interests you is not a simple task. Even entertaining the idea of changing your course is bound to cause a bit of a panic attack. However, you can avoid these unnecessary stressors by doing your due diligence before committing to changing your course programme. 


1. Ask yourself why are you considering changing courses

Most common answers regarding why someone would consider changing their course programme relates to a lack of interest. Pushing yourself to study something that does not pique your interest can result in you feeling worn out rather quickly. Some students might want to switch courses due to a more abundant job opportunity for the latter course. Most importantly you should come up with the final say for your decision, following the advice of someone suggesting a course switch could put you in the same predicament in the future.


2. Do your research both online and offline

Your decision should also be guided through a foundation of sufficient research about the new course programme you would be venturing into. Read up on the course online and jot down reasons of why you like or dislike the course. You are one step ahead if your reasons for liking the course outweigh the dislikes. Get acquainted with someone from the course or someone who is already practising in the field of study and ask as many questions as you can. Listed below are some questions you can start with. 

  1. Can you describe a typical day or project in your role?
  2. What skills and knowledge are necessary for success?
  3. Are there any challenges or limitations in this field?


3. Consult with student services

Student services are especially assigned to aid you in these types of situations. Utilise the help you can get, find out if the course change could affect your current academic progress, which could mean a later graduation date. It is also crucial to ask about the workload and course outline for you to prepare your method of adjusting to the schedule. You can also find out how other students travel to classes or if the university provides a shuttle bus and so on to aid you with your travel expenses.


4. Can you afford it?

Affordability is perhaps the most important factor to consider. Align your finances and try your best to remain as practical as possible. Although you might have a strong interest in a course programme, putting yourself in a financially tight position over it might not be the best decision. However you can always opt to pick up a part-time job to gain the finances while you study.


5. Read up on entry requirements

Aside from the research you have conducted, reading up on the requirements and if you are able to meet them is key. Once you have made up your final decision on a course programme. Align yourself with the requirements needed for employment, this can give you an idea of what to focus on during your time studying which can further increase your potential of getting hired later on.


6. Decide if you would like to get a degree or a diploma

By choosing a different course you can also decide between switching your majors from a degree to a diploma. A diploma might be less costly and a shorter duration of study alternative to switching your degree. However you should also consider the availability for getting hired in your field of interest with a diploma. Additionally you should find a reputable university that provides the course you are interested in. If you are looking for a university, consider UNITAR International Universities wide selection of diploma and degree programmes that could be well suited for you. UNITAR has also been awarded a QS 5 Star rating for its online learning category which means that you would be gaining a quality education in the comfort of your home if you are unable to attend classes physically. A reputable university can also aid you in the hiring process after graduation. 

Lastly, after considering all the factors of changing your course programme, set out a time for you to make a final decision. Prolonging your decision can lead to more doubts and uncertainty that can cause you to miss out on the right course for you.


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