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Transfering universities

  1. Feb 23, 2008 #1
    Can i do the 1 and 2 years of university and then transfer to another university to do 3rd and 4rth?
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    Getting your credits to count towards the target university's requirements and making sure you don't miss out on any expected background knowledge of someone at that point in their degree are *very* tricky.
  4. Feb 23, 2008 #3
    Would getting the textbooks for the courses in the other university and using them as a secondary text for the corresponding course be enough?
  5. Feb 23, 2008 #4


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    Transferring universities can be very difficult. I transfered after my freshman year and only about half of my credits transfered. If I had done another year at my first university, I doubt more than 30% of the credits would have transfered.
  6. Feb 23, 2008 #5
    I have to go to University of New South Wales (as far as i know right now) and their math courses are alright up to the third year, I intend to major in pure mathematics and eventually do my Ph.D some where in the area of pure mathematics and mathematical physics, and the third year at the University of Sydney has more pure math and mathematical physics as it has more number theory and Topology and differential geometry and hilbert spaces and in the 4th year it has algebraic geometry which i find interesting, so i want to go to USyD at third year
  7. Feb 23, 2008 #6


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    Transfer-credit policies surely vary from country to country, and even between different universities in the same country. I strongly recommend that you contact the math department at Sydney and explain your situation. They are in the best position to advise you as to their transfer policies, and may give you suggestions as to which courses you should take or avoid at NSW in order to maximize your transfer credit.

    But first, check the University of Sydney Web site to see what information you can find there.
  8. Feb 23, 2008 #7
    I would recommend that you go to the university you want to attend right away. I just transferred from one university to another, and only lost like 3 or 6 credits worth of classes, but I still feel so far behind the other people in my classes because I went to a less than stellar university for 1.5 years.
  9. Feb 23, 2008 #8
    i cannot do this because i am only in year 8 (in the American school system), but for maths i'm in year 9 and half-way through the year i will be going into year 11 mathematics (to do the equivalent subject of AP calculus). In Australian school system terms, im in year 9 and doing year 10 math and will go to year 12 three-quarters through the year to do Adv, Ext 1 & 2.

    The only university, that i know of, that lets students in to do uni early is UNSW with their early entry program. So i was hoping to transfer for the former posts reasons
  10. Feb 23, 2008 #9
    To make sure we're talking about the same thing:

    8th grade in America means you're roughly 13 years old.

    The way you phrased your initial posts implies you are currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree and roughly 19-20 years old.

    The two situations are almost completely different.
  11. Feb 23, 2008 #10
    My intentions are to get a bachelor degree, and i am currently 15, so what every year that is, im doing the year of math after that, and around November i will be doing the last year of HS math
  12. Feb 23, 2008 #11
    Okay. In that case -

    Transfer requirements should be fairly simple and not a huge issue. High School level graduation requirements should be fairly standard between schools, with minimal difficulty getting credits to be accepted elsewhere. If you're moving within the same school district, it may even be directly compatible since it comes under the same administrative group for purposes of determining curriculum and graduation requirements.

    Apart from this, you should be trying to take courses that give you a good preparation for starting on your Bachelor's degree. Math and writing preparation will serve you well. It also helps to have at least a basic exposure to some of the sciences, e.g. a chem class and a physics class, maybe some biology...depends on what field you want to study here. One requirement in Americian universities recently is to have taken a year (or more) of foreign language in high school. It's mostly a bunch of touchy-feely crap, but make sure you know what the university admissions requirements are and satisfy them.
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