Transfer credits are credits that are granted by one recognized University or College for the course work you efficiently completed at another university institution. Getting the credits transfer can be a straightforward or, as some will attest, it can change into a major headache. If you are getting ready to apply to a new school, look into our helpful tips and placed yourself up for getting as many transfer credits as you possibly can.
Always consult with the institution you’re transferring into.
Remember that it is up to you to do comprehensive research and do your research before deciding on a new school, transferring into a new program or studying outside your province. Most post-secondary universities has consultants on campus that can either
(A) tell you which lessons will automatically be acknowledged
(B) Advise you on the information you will need to provide to be able to boost your chances of having more, or all your credits moved. They are there to help you, so ask, ask, ask!
A “similar” course doesn’t necessarily mean automatic transfer credit.
This is also true if you are transferring your credits from one province to another. Include recognized transcripts and course explanations as well as a program syllabus with your application. This makes it easier for the school to compare classes you have completed with similar ones that they could offer, and could help expedite a conclusion about if and how your credits will be moved. Don’t believe that the classes you had taken at one institution or in one province meet up with the requirements of similar classes in another: your Biology 101 may differ enough from theirs that you will have to take their course for those credits.
If you decide to study abroad, make sure your courses will transfer in Canada.
Canadian students who wish to study abroad to complete some of the programs should seek advice from with the current Canadian institution to ensure there is a credit transfer agreement between the universities. Look into any overseas or American “sister universities” that your university may have a deal with: it will save you a throbbing headache and get rid of the opportunity that your credits will not convert when you go back to Canada.
Remember: not all credits are transferred equally.
There are, in general, the key reason why your credits will not be transferred, even if the classes are similar. If you get an unsatisfactory class on course work, you will likely have to re-take the same course to get those credits. Programs that you failed will have to be re-taken once you start at your brand-new university. If you completed only one-half of a two-part course – for example, Accounting 101A however, not Accounting 101B – you may well not have your credits transferred. If too much time as elapsed since you completed your programs, you may well be asked to either take a similar course to get your credits or have a challenge exam to make sure that your skills are sufficient and meet up with the institution’s requirements.
To find out more about transfer credits, always start by contacting the institution you’d like to transfer into. If you’re not sure where to start, get in touch with the organizations in your province that can help you optimize your chances of making a smooth transition into a new post-secondary institution.