Skip navigation to content

Transferring to a different Institution

In order to transfer to a different university there will be several steps that a student must take:

Where you want to transfer to, and to what course?

  • Check individual University websites or UCAS courses.

Which year should you transfer into? 

  • You will not always be able to transfer into the ‘next’ year.  Universities expect students to take at least 50% of their degree with them, and different Universities have different course structures and requirements.  This means you may have to take a step back or repeat a year, because you may not be able to transfer all of your credits.  You will have to tell the University you want to go to about your course so that they can advise on what level/year you would be placed at and how many credits you can transfer.

When should you transfer?

  • Some Universities ask you to reapply through UCAS, and the closing date for applications to UCAS is normally in January of each year.  Depending on when you decide to transfer you may have to apply to start the following year.  Other Universities may be able to accept a transfer without going through UCAS.  Transferring after Semester 1 can also be difficult because other institutions do not all follow the same timetable.

Universities often require the following:

  • Information about your course and modules. These details can be found in the Course Catalogue.
  • A transcript for a record of your studies.  See request for endorsed academic transcripts for information on how to request your transcript.
  • An academic reference. Please contact your adviser of studies or a member of academic staff who can comment on your studies.  Please check with the institution you wish to transfer into, or UCAS if you are reapplying to study in the UK.

If you wish to transfer to a University in the USA, you are likely to be asked to initiate the provision of a completed College Official’s Report Form.  Having filled in your sections, you should give this form at least 3 weeks in advance of the submission deadline to the Pro-Dean of your Faculty, who can complete the section of the form relating to your standing, and eligibility for future study, at St Andrews.

If you have applied to transfer elsewhere it’s a good idea to keep hold of your place at St Andrews until you have a confirmed place elsewhere. You should get in touch with the Registry Officer who will ensure that you have been withdrawn from your studies at St Andrews.

Contact details

Undergraduate/Postgraduate (Taught)
Registry Officer (Support)
T: 01334 462129

Postgraduate (Research)
Registry Officer (Support)
T: 01334 462256

Ask a question



Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2020


Student services

Eden Court
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2720
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 4007

Eden Court location map

Tell Us What You Think

We welcome feedback about your experience with Student Services. Whether your experience has been positive or negative we would like to hear about it so we can understand what we did right or where we could have done better. If there are issues with the service that need to be resolved or if you haven’t formed a good rapport with your Adviser/Counsellor we may put you in touch with an alternative member of our team or signpost you to an external source of support (if appropriate). Please share your feedback with Adam Welstead ( or Dr Penny Turnbull ( Assistant Directors of Student Services. Alternatively, you can fill in our Comments and Suggestions online survey.

Please also be aware that the University has Complaints Handling Procedure for formally addressing concerns.

  • Book an Appointment online