What do I need to do if I move from an English program into an academic program?

First, ensure you have received your offer for further study. If you have not received an offer, contact the Student Centre to find out about your options and apply.

After you’ve received an offer for your next program, there are three things to consider:

  • English levels / your results - Your English results will need to meet the requirement listed on your offer letter (see the table, below). You’ll know your results on Friday of Week-10 in your last term of English study.
  • Important dates / timing - There’s only a short time between getting your English results and beginning your academic program, so make a note of important dates and complete your enrolment on time.
  • Steps to enrol - Following the correct steps will help you enrol correctly in the right subjects.

English levels needed for academic programs

Before entering UTS Foundation Studies or a diploma at UTS College, you’ll need to successfully meet the Academic English entry requirements.

What if I don’t get the results I need?

Congratulations! Getting higher results than expected is a great achievement. It can also open your study options.

Depending on your situation and study preferences, you might choose to:

  • Keep your existing study plan in place
  • Move to a program that matches your English levels (if you’re eligible), or
  • Go directly to study a UTS degree (if you’re eligible).

Remember, there may only be a very short timeframe to make your decision. It’s best to contact a Student Success Adviser as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Important dates

There may only be a very short time from when you finish your English program to when you need to begin your academic program – sometimes just a day or two!

You’ll receive your results on Friday of Week 10, and you can usually complete your enrolment then. Some programs begin on the following Monday, and others will begin later, so make sure you know exactly when your program begins.

  Find out about all important dates for students.

Steps to enrol in your academic program

You can enrol in your next program the same day you receive your results (Friday, Week 10).

Check important dates to see when your next program begins. It could be the following Monday, or you may have a break. If there’s a break, you’re free to enrol any time before Welcome Week. You can also get help with enrolment while you’re on campus during Welcome Week.

  Find out about academic program enrolment.

What if I change my mind or my circumstances change?

If you change your mind, or find your circumstances have changed, please discuss your options and next steps with a Student Success Adviser.

Do I need to attend Welcome Week?

Yes, but you may not need to attend all sessions.

Welcome Week often overlaps with the final week of English programs. It’s important that you don’t miss any of your classes, so make sure you only select sessions that don’t overlap with your English exams in Week 10. There’s no need to attend sessions about things you already know about – such as finding your way around campus.

There are sessions you’ll be able to attend.

There are social activities, as well as program-specific sessions you should attend to make sure you are properly prepared for your academic program. Sign up for these, where possible.

Otherwise, after passing your exam on the final Wednesday of your program, you can attend the full day on Friday of Welcome Week. Many Welcome Week information sessions are repeated on this day for English language students.

If you miss any important Welcome Week information, don’t worry. There are catch-up sessions scheduled for the first two weeks of the semester.

How is academic study different to English study?

There will be a few new things to get used to when you begin your academic program.

Studying English is more like studying at school. Studying an academic program is more like studying at university.

  • You generally have more freedom to choose your timetable, which means you’ll meet different students in different classes.
  • Your tutorials will be streamed, so you’ll share those class times with the same students (and teachers) – not all other students in the program.
  • Although there are fewer and shorter classes, you can expect to spend more time studying outside of the classroom.
  • Your assignments will be different and might include essays and exams.

What support is there for transferring into academic study?

'Important information’ sessions are held regularly throughout the year to support your transition into an academic program. They outline what to expect, how to choose subjects, how to enrol and more

You’ll be invited to one of these sessions if you’re likely to achieve the grades you need and are set to move into academic studies.

  Find out about upcoming transfer sessions.