5 Great alternatives to dropping out of university

University is underway in a lot of parts of the country and though the vast majority of students will be enjoying their courses, the honest truth is that some may not be.

If you’ve come to a point where you’re thinking about dropping out of university then it’s best to take some time to consider some alternatives. Dropping out is a big decision and can impact on your life for a long time still, specifically if you don’t have a good alternative in mind. So, let’s take a look at the other options that you have in mind that will make things a lot easier in the long term.


Deferring the rest of the year can give you some time to take account of what you would like to do and deal with issues that may hold you back. This sort of thing is great if you want to earn a little money, or even find some work that will help you through college. In addition, deferring could give you that time you wanted to travel, or find a better place in your personal life. If you’ve had bereavement it can give you the time to get over it. You may even be able to switch courses?


If you take a course and realise you don’t like the content, then why not find a course that’s more suited to you and has more enjoyable and interesting content. Perhaps, it’s because you’re too far away from home at your current university – a transfer allows you one closer to home. Or, you may be able to find one with clearing. Some allow you to transfer for second year, once you complete the first year of a course in the initial university. Ask about this too.

Distance learning

Online courses are among some of the best in the world and though they are limited in availability they can provide a great opportunity for learning. This can be especially good for people who need to be at home, have a physical issue or have some other personal problem. There are all sorts of learning opportunities in place nowadays to make learning from home easy and simple and provide you all the needs you require for access. If you’ve moved to university, you’ll now need to move your things home again from university and if an International student then international student shipping. In addition you will also need to discuss your accommodation arrangements.

Part time

This is another alternative and one that can be arranged after the course begins. If for one reason or another you can’t attend on a full time basis, going part time can often be a great idea. If the workload is too heavy, if you have to work more to fund your lifestyle or if something comes out of the blue, then taking studies part time can make all the difference.


If you find timings are a little harder to keep for one reason or another, and then why not ask for extensions to your essays or assignments? This will allow you the opportunity to get your house in order so to speak and not have to endure terrible pressures that can cause you problems.

How to do this?

The best way to sort things out is to talk to your tutor and ask if you will be able to perform one of the above actions. These people will be able to help you regarding distance study, extensions and switching department and can get the ball rolling. Personal tutors can also help if you wish to transfer or will inform the head of department of your wishes. Student support committees can also be a good place to go too.

So, in the end, it is not right if you’re not enjoying yourself. Why not follow one of the path’s above and make the change you need?

By Cormac Reynolds

Cormac Reynolds has written for a variety of educational blogs in the past. He is a journalist and writer and a lover of college.

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