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Changing or Leaving Your Course

Occasionally, University of Limerick students find they are unable to continue their current course of study at UL, whether due to unforseen personal circumstances or simply interest in another area of study. 

If you are thinking of changing or leaving your course, we encourage you to first reach out to your advisor, Course Director or another member of the University support staff  to talk through your options before making a decision. 

Transferring to another UL course

Students currently enrolled in Semester 1, Year 1 may apply to transfer to Semester 1, Year 1 of a different course of study. Applications are considered by Course Directors/Dean and the Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Criteria for successful transfer applications include:

  1. Places must be available on the new course of study. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, applicants will be ranked on the basis of their CAO points (including any HEAR and DARE points reduction, where applicable) or ranking on an equivalent pathway. E.g. Mature student or QQI (previously FETAC).
  2. The student must meet the entry requirements for the new course of study. This includes meeting the minimum CAO cut-off points (including any HEAR and DARE points reduction, where applicable), entry subject requirements, portfolio requirements, or requirements of entry through an equivalent pathway, e.g., mature student or QQI (previously FETAC).
  3. Please note: Internal transfer offers into Semester 1, Year 1 of a new course will be made after all CAO offer rounds are completed.

Deadline for applications: 
Applications must be received before the end of Week 4, Semester 1. 

How to apply:

  1. Complete and submit the form (available in the Student Portal).
  2. You will be notified by email when a decision has been made.

 

Students currently enrolled in Semester 2, Year 1 may apply to transfer to Semester 2, Year 1 of a different course of study.
Applications are considered by the Student Status Committee and must be received by the Academic Registry prior to the end of the week before Semester 2 begins.

Criteria for successful transfer applications:

  1. Places must be available on the new course of study. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places, applicants will be ranked on the basis of their QCA, CAO points or ranking on an equivalent pathway entry requirement, as determined by the Student Status Committee. 
  2. The student must have completed at least 30 credits with learning outcomes substantially equivalent to those of Semester 1 of the new course. Students who are deemed not to have done this will be considered for transfer into Semester 1, Year 1 of the alternative course in the next academic year based on meeting the above criteria for transfer.
  3. The student must meet the entry subject requirements, portfolio requirements, or the requirements of entry through an equivalent pathway, (E.g. Mature student or QQI/FETAC) of the new course.
  4. The student must either:
    a) Meet the minimum CAO cut-off points on the year they entered UL (including any HEAR and DARE points reduction, where applicable). 
    OR
    b) Meet no lower than 20 points below the minimum CAO cut-off points (including any HEAR and DARE points reduction, where applicable) AND have a QCA of 2.60 or higher with no deficient grades. 

How to apply:

  1. Complete Part I of the Internal Transfer Application Form
  2. Submit completed form to the Academic Registry Student Hub Online by the end of the week before Semester 2 begins. 
  3. Your application will be considered by the Student Status Committee.
  4. You will be notified by email as to whether your application for transfer has been accepted. ​

Students currently enrolled in any year of a course may apply to transfer into Year 2 or later of a different course of study. 
Applications are considered by the Student Status Committee and must be received by the Academic Registry by the end of the semester before the semester you intend to start your new course.

Criteria for successful transfer applications:

  1. Places must be available in the relevant year of the new course.
  2. The student must have completed the required credits with learning outcomes substantially equivalent to the relevant year of the new course.
    - Students who have not achieved the requirement for entry into the relevant year may be required to take an additional module (6 credits) alongside the new course to deal with any credit deficit.
    - Students with a credit deficit greater than 6 credits may be considered for entry into an earlier year of the new course or can link into a number of modules (up to a maximum of 24 credits) in order to make up the credit deficit.

How to apply:

Postgraduate/Professional & Flexible Learning students wishing to change or transfer to another course please contact GPS@ul.ie before the end of Week 3, Semester 1.

Criteria for successful transfer applications:

  1. Places must be available on the new course of study.  
  2. The student must meet the entry requirements for the new course of study.

Exiting your course

Students currently enrolled in a course of study at the University of Limerick may wish to discontinue their studies.

Students considering exiting their course, for whatever reason, are encouraged to first reach out to their advisor, Course Director or another member of the University support staff to talk through their options before making a decision. 

Exiting your course early means that you will not receive an academic award.

All exiting students must complete this process, regardless of reason for exiting. Failure to do so may result in your liability for fees payments or additional fines.

  1. Exiting students must complete all sections of the Student Exit Form. (First year undergraduate students require a signature from Deirdre Murphy, First Year Support Coordinator on their form).
  2. Submit the completed form through Student Hub Online along with your Student ID card to the Academic Registry Office (E1001 - UL Main Building). 
  3. Academic Registry will then terminate your enrolment and notify the Finance Office, Library and Admissions team as appropriate.