Transfer from Outside BC
Students who are currently attending a university in another province often look to transfer to an institution in BC.
Many universities have affirmed the principles of the Pan-Canadian Protocol on University Transfer, formulated by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) in 1995. An excerpt from the protocol is included in the three bullets below:
Pan-Canadian Protocol on University Transfer
Course work completed by transfer students during the first two years of university study in Canada may be recognized and fully credited for the purposes of granting a degree provided that:
the transfer student is deemed admissible and has been presented with an offer of admission;
the transfer student has achieved a passing grade in his/her course(s) and has obtained grade levels that would normally be required of continuing students; and
the credits earned are related to the program of study in which the transfer student will register, or the credits can be counted as electives for the program of study.
In practice this means that students who transfer between universities may receive transfer credit, however the specific credit awarded will not be determined until after an offer of admission is made. Note: The decision to award transfer credit resides with the post-secondary institution to which the student has applied.
Transfer from another province works the same as transfer within BC. Students must first apply to the institution they wish to transfer to and submit an official transcript of the work they have completed to date. If the institution admits the student, they can be evaluated for transfer credit.
The BC Transfer Guide only contains transfer information for institutions located within BC (with the exception of Athabasca University and Yukon College). However, many students each year transfer credits to and from BC. First, you should apply to the institution to which you are seeking to transfer, and arrange to have official transcripts sent directly from your home institution. If an offer of admission is made, you may be evaluated for transfer credit. Check with the transfer institution to find out whether your transcript will be automatically evaluated for transfer credit, or whether you have to request an evaluation.
Transfer to BC from Another Province
When a student requests transfer credit for courses completed elsewhere, the most important consideration will be the equivalency of the courses to those offered by the BC institution. The closer the match between the original program and the program to which a student is transferring, the more likely transfer credit will be awarded. Receiving transfer credit for specialized programs or courses that do not have a good fit with the institution's offerings is more difficult. Students are advised to provide detailed course outlines if requested.
Students will only be granted transfer credit if they are admitted to the institution, and to a related program. Application for admission is competitive, and students should be in acceptable academic standing at their current or previous institution. Transfer students normally have completed a full year (24-30 credits) of transferable courses.
For more information, see How Transfer Works.
Transfer from the USA
If the course or program is from an accredited degree granting institution in the United States, transfer credit is normally granted, provided the courses are similar to those in the program to which the student is applying. Once again, students are advised to provide detailed course outlines.
Transfer from Another Country (other than the USA)
Students who are seeking transfer credit for courses or programs taken in a country other than Canada or the USA should inquire with the institution they plan on transferring to. Students may have to provide proof of English language proficiency, and have official translations of their transcripts if they are from a non-English speaking country. Because post-secondary programs vary from country to country, students are advised to provide detailed course outlines or evidence of existing transfer agreements.
Transferring out of BC
In general, students can use the information about transferring in to BC as a guide to transferring out of BC. Transfer to another university in Canada or the USA should be fairly straightforward since credit transfer is common. In other countries, credit transfer may be more problematic.
To maximize the chance of successful transfer to an institution outside BC, students are advised to: