University of Northern British Columbia
AP and IB Courses
Block Transfer Arrangements
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The minimum grade point average required for admission as a transfer student to UNBC is 2.0 (C). This is calculated using a student's complete post-secondary academic record. Admission is to a degree grouping. First year, first entry undergraduate students are required to declare a program of study by the end of the semester in which they will complete 15 credit hours of academic work. A student who transfers into the University with 15 or more credit hours of academic work must declare a major upon application.
Please note: admission to a particular program may be limited, and based upon a number of criteria. Students should be aware that acceptance to any program may be based upon competition.
AP and IB Courses:
The University of Northern British Columbia recognizes the academic strength of the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs offered at many schools. Students who have taken AP courses may have transfer credit awarded if scores of 4 or better have been achieved.
Students pursuing Higher Level IB courses on an individual basis (certificate) may have their course work recognized for credit with a grade of 4 or higher; Subsidiary Level IB courses completed on an individual basis are not eligible for transfer credit. Students who have received an IB Diploma may be eligible to receive up to 30 credit hours of transfer credit. Diploma students must have an overall standing of 4, with no course below the grade of 3. Students must also present a minimum of 3 Higher Level and 3 Subsidiary Level subjects in order to be eligible for transfer credit consideration.
English Language Requirements
English is the primary language of instruction and communication at UNBC. Consequently, it is expected that an applicant be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the use of English in order to receive and participate in classroom instruction and discussion as well as to complete written assignments. Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must submit evidence of English language proficiency prior to admission. French-speaking Canadians and Canadian First Nations language speakers are exempted from this requirement. Students who completed five consecutive years of instruction and examination entirely in the English language immediately before admission are exempted from this requirement.
Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency may be any one of the following:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 88 or higher in the internet-based test, with not less than 20 in any of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components; or equivalent other TOEFL score. UNBC’s institutional TOEFL code is 0320.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0 in any of the four modules.
LPI (Language Proficiency Index) score of at least 5.
Comparable results in any other internationally recognized English Language Assessment test considered as equivalent to TOEFL or IELTS.
A final grade of 2.00 (C) or better in the UNBC English Language Studies 50 Component 1 and 2.
A final grade of 70% or better in English 12 from the British Columbia secondary system.
A final grade of 75% (B) or better in a University Transferable English course.
In order to be considered valid, these scores must be sent directly from the testing agency/institution to the Office of the Registrar.
Block Transfer Arrangements:
Currently, there are block transfer arrangements in place for students pursuing Business Administration, Natural Resource Management or Environmental Studies, Nursing and Social Work degrees along with other programs. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for more details regarding transfer with a diploma into one of these program areas.
Transfer credit for articulated courses is awarded at the point of admission. Upon declaration of a major in a related degree program, students may be awarded additional block credit.
Up to a maximum of 90 credit hours of transfer credit from a recognized credential granting institution are possible upon transfer to UNBC.
Credit will not be awarded to students who have achieved below the grade of D- on any course.
There are four types of transfer credit that may be awarded:
- specific equivalence (e.g.: Douglas College BUSN 432 = UNBC MATH 242-3)
- discipline equivalence (e.g.: Kwantlen College ANTH 230 = UNBC ANTH 2XX)
- area equivalence (e.g.: Northern Lights College CRIM 101 = UNBC SOSC 1XX)
- unspecified equivalence (UNSP)
Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising regarding their transfer credit applicability to a degree program.
For More Information:
Office of the Registrar
University of Northern British Columbia
3333 University Way
Prince George, BC
Telephone: (250) 960-6300
Facsimile: (250) 960-6330
Web site: unbc.ca