Transferring your course

Transferring your course could affect your immigration status. Your CAS number was issued to study the course stated in your CAS email only. If you transfer course, you may be required to obtain a new visa, for which you will need a new CAS. Please note you may be required to return to your home country to make the new visa application in order to transfer course.

Check transfer requirements and find out how we can help: read Transferring course and your Student visa (PDF, 159kB)

Upgrading your course

This refers to cases when you are tranferring from the lower level (e.g. BEng or BSc) to the higher level of an integrated Masters course (e.g. MEng or MSci), or from an integrated Masters to a PhD programme. This is considered a course transfer so please read Transferring course and your Student visa (PDF, 159kB) for information. You will need to apply for a new visa at the point of transfer as your course will be longer. You may be able to apply for the new visa in the UK if it is an integrated programme.

Please contact us to find out more. 

Downgrading your course

This refers to cases when you are transferring from the higher level of an integrated Masters (e.g. MEng or MSci) to the lower level (BEng or BSc) course, or an integrated PhD programme to a Masters or an MPhil.

Updated guidance introduced by the UKVI in 2021 means that you no longer have to apply for a new visa at the point of transfer, but instead may complete the lower level programme on your current Student visa. The visa will be curtailed to 4 months at the point of the lower level award being made, as the lower level course takes less time than the visa was originally granted for. During these 4 months you should be able to stay in the UK and retain your Student/Tier 4 visa conditions if you are here when the report is made. Your remaining leave may lapse if you are outside the UK during that time or leave the UK in that period of 4 months.

Please contact us to find out more. 

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