Changing University Course After First Year in Nigeria 2022

Changing university courses or departments after your first year is possible in Nigerian universities.

You can change from your current department to your dream course after your 100, 200 or 300 level.

Many years ago, I got admitted to study a course I did not apply for in JAMB. I intended to reject the admission on the JAMB CAPS.

But I accepted the admission when I found out that I could change to the department of my choice after my first year.

You know how you want to study a course, but the university of your choice gives you a different department. A department that you don’t have a single clue of its prospect.

For example, you could apply for Pharmacy and get admission for Biochemistry.

Well, that is how I felt at that time. I felt like a failure because I did not get my dream course.

Sometimes it could be you who decide to apply for such courses because of your low JAMB and Post UTME scores.

The good news is that you can do what is called an intra-university transfer to your dream course in your university.

Every university has its requirements, but it is possible to change your course.

I will show you in this post how you can successfully change your course in a Nigerian university.

Let me know if you have any questions or need further assistance. I would love to hear from you.

Changing University Course After First Year in Nigeria

The process for changing university courses after gaining admission can be technical. There is a lot of uncertainty in the process. There is no assurance that your change of department application will be successful.

You know other coursemates and students from other departments are attempting the change to their dream course.

The process for change of department is competitive, especially for Professional courses like Medicine, Law, Pharmacy, Nursing, Mass Communication, etc.

The secret to success with your application is to get all the necessary information. You need to be ahead of your competitors in all ramifications.

Here are some terminologies you must understand as you undergo this process.

Intra-University Transfer

Intra-university transfer is changing from one department or faculty to another in the same university.

Here are the two types of intra-university transfer in Nigerian universities;

  • Change of Department – Changing department to another course within the same faculty.
  • Change of Faculty – Changing from a department in one faculty to another.

Changing from Political Science to Law is an example of inter-faculty transfer. The change from Linguistics to Mass Communication is an example of intra-faculty transfer.

Inter-University Transfer

An inter-university transfer is changing from one university to another school.

The fact of inter-transfer is that you cannot change to another department in your new school.

For example, you can change from Medical Laboratory Science in UNN to UNILAG. You would not be able to transfer to another course in UNILAG.

Requirements for Changing Course in Nigerian Universities

Here are the requirements for changing courses in Nigerian universities;

  • O’Level Subject Combination
  • First Year CGPA
  • Department Requirements
  • Borrow Courses
  • Departmental Clearance
  • Apply for Change of Course

O’Level Subject Combination

WAEC or NECO O’level subject combination is the main requirement to change course in the university.

Your O’level result combination must be correct for the department you want to do the change of course.

For example, a student who wants change for Nursing after the first year must have a credit pass in the following subjects;

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology

A wrong O’level result will hinder your chances of changing course. You must find out if your WAEC or NECO result meets the course qualifications.

First Year CGPA

CGPA stands for cumulative grade point average. It is the average of your 100 level results.

A high CGPA of over 4.5 is needed to apply for a change of course.

Because the process is competitive, universities take students with the highest CGPA.

You need to put up an impressive academic performance in your first-year result.

A high CGPA is the gateway to changing the course of your dream.

Department Requirements

Every department in your school has their requirements for change of course. Find out what the requirements are for transfer students.

Some departments may have the policy of not accepting transfer students for a particular academic session.

For example, the Nursing department in some schools does not accept change of department students.

Go to the department you want to change to ask relevant questions. Find a way to meet the HOD or academic adviser of the department.

Borrow Courses

Borrowing relevant extra courses is necessary for a change of course application.

You must take the same courses as the department you want to change to in your first year.

For example, as a student of Microbiology, you have to borrow Parasitology in your first year.

Find out the courses that the students in your preferred department are offering not in your course outline.

Departmental Clearance

Departmental clearance is a requirement to transfer to another department.

The HOD of your current department would have to sign you out of the department before you can transfer to another course.

Find out the requirements or what you will need for your transfer application to e successful.

Apply for Change of Course

The requirement for department transfer is to apply for the change of course.

Application for change of department is online.

  • Purchase the form
  • Fill the form
  • Submit your application online
  • Submit your document to the university registry department

Alternative to Changing University Course

There are a few alternatives to apply for a change of course.

I recommend you consider these with your transfer application.

Buy JAMB Form

Buying the JAMB form is the best alternative to apply for a change of course. It is the surest way to get your dream course.

You can combine your first-year academics with JAMB preparations. It will be easier if the courses in your 100 level are similar to your JAMB subject combinations.

But ensure that your JAMB preparation does not affect your first-year result.

Read the best strategies on how to pass your JAMB examination.

Apply for Direct Entry

Application for direct entry is after your first-degree programme.

Peradventure, you did not succeed with your change of course application or JAMB. You can finish your undergraduate studies then apply for direct entry.

Levels to Change Course

You can change your course after 200 level and 300 level.

For 300 level, you would have to step down to 200 level.

Some departments would step you down to 100 level from 200 level. It depends on the policy of the department.

Ask me any questions in the comment box below.

Good luck to you.

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23 thoughts on “Changing University Course After First Year in Nigeria 2022”

  1. Hello sir please can I change course after 100 level from sociology to law my school is Anambra state university

    • Yes, Chidera

      You can change from Sociology to Law at Anambra State University.

      The possibility of you successfully transferring to Law would depend on the requirements of the Faculty.

      I recommend you visit the Law Faculty in your school to make further enquires.

    • It depends on the required CGPA set by the Department of Sociology.

      You should find out from the department the required minimum CGPA.

    • Yes, Alade.

      Generally, it is possible to change from Economics to Sociology.

      But I will need the information on your school for confirmation.

      • Can I change from economics to sociology after my first year in BSUM? If yes, then will i be step down to 100 level?

        • Yes, Alade.

          It is possible to change from Economics to Sociology.

          Concerning if you will step down to 100 level depends on the HOD of Sociology.

          You will need to visit the Sociology department in your school to find out the requirements and if you will have to step down.

          Good luck.

          Let me know if you have further questions.

  2. Is there any possibility of switching from agric and resource economics to medicine after 100 level.even if you meet the requirements

  3. Can I change my course from bsc biology to nursing when am suppose to be in 200level back to 100level bcos they just start the course in my school

    • Yes, Adebiyi

      What university?

      You can change from Biology to Nursing.

      Some schools will allow you to continue from 200 level so long you borrowed the necessary courses.


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