Imagine the situation: you passed the entrance exam for the course you always wanted and you are about to fulfil an old dream. Then reality comes and things don’t go as expected. The important thing, right now, is not to despair and focus, to analyze what went wrong and to remember that it is always time to change.


After all, there are many reasons that can lead a person to request a transfer from one university to another. And you can be sure this is more common than you think.

In this text, we’ve separated some of the main reasons and we’ll give tips on how the transfer works and how to make the right choice.

Top reasons for transferring

Below are some reasons that are not immediately noticed when you have just entered university.


Infrastructure: the basics to have a quality experience. Lack of libraries that influence learning, dirty places, insufficient number of computers and/or laboratories.

Teachers: those responsible for the qualification of any student. A competent, well-selected and experienced cadre is much needed for a full degree.

Financial: you closed a value, but it rose gradually very fast and that did not keep up with your income. Furthermore, the university is not willing to facilitate the payment of tuition fees.


Methodology: regardless of the course chosen, the methodology must always live up to your expectations. Universities that do not adapt to this or live in the past tend to lose students to better-prepared institutions.

Distance: fuel is another important item to put at the tip of your pencil when studying. After all, your classes will be daily and a university away from home demands a high price.

Poor service: nothing worse than wanting to solve an important situation for your studies and not having an answer to help you with the problem. Another problem can also be the delay in service.

Many other factors can disappoint a university. Here, we list only the main but important ones. If you’re going through one, maybe it’s time to think about transferring to another institution.

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How the University Transfer Works

Most of the time, it’s simpler than you think and you can still take advantage of subjects taken at the previous university.

First, it is important to pay attention to the transfer deadline and its period, which can vary greatly from one institution to another.

Then, the request must be made with the current university, usually in the course coordination. After the choice of the new institution has been made, the necessary documents must be gathered. They may also vary from university to university, but here we list the main ones:

– Academic Transcripts and Programs and Summaries of the subjects taken at the institution of origin;

– A school-record – High School);

– Academic Transcript of the Institution of Origin;

– High School Completion Certificate;

– Identity Card – RG;

– Registration of Individuals – CPF;

– Birth or Marriage Certificate (with divorce registration, if applicable);

Candidates with courses equivalent to High School undertaken abroad must have their studies validated by the Department of Education in the National Territory.

Ok, you understand how to do your transfer, but let’s take it a step back: how do I not get into the same problem again? Let’s see below.

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How to Choose the Best Institution?

Making a mistake once in choosing a university is quite common, but how can you avoid falling into the same problem twice? We have listed some important items that should be taken into account when choosing where to transfer. In the end, it is your future that is at stake.

Some objective criteria should be used. There is nothing better than consulting those who know the most about the subject, in the case of Brazil, the Ministry of Education.

For that, we have the Indicators, which show the main marks that a university has in several aspects that must be analyzed.

To verify, you must enter the MEC website (, and search for the name of the university in criteria such as Enade, Institutional Concept (ranging from 1 to 5) and Preliminary Concept of Courses, the CPC.

Then visit the campus and see the infrastructure. If it’s EAD, go to the nearest pole and pay attention to the points that made you leave the other one.

Another tip is to see if the university has programs that help students to enter the job market or even internship programs with companies. This can make all the difference in the graduation experience.