Transfer Credits

Transfer credit is the transfer of previously completed coursework from another post-secondary institution (or from IB, AP, or A-level coursework) to UBC.

Transfer credit can only be assessed once you have been admitted to UBC

Transfer credits are listed under the ‘Grades and Records’ tab in your Student Service Centre (SSC) account.

There are four types of transfer credit:

Grades from transfer credits will not be used in any UBC GPA calculations, for example, Engineering 2nd Year Placement or admission to the Engineering Co-op Program. Transfer credit will count towards your final credit count to graduate (if it is part of your degree requirements).

You can take a UBC course that you have been granted transfer credit with the goal of improving your overall GPA. If you choose this option you should be aware that once you take the UBC course you will forfeit your previous credit.

If you have successfully completed UBC’s Science One program you will receive credit for CHEM 154 (3 credits), MATH 100 (3 credits), MATH 101 (3 credits) and PHYS 157, 158, 159.

If you have received unassigned transfer credits (i.e. APSC 1st, MATH 2nd), you may request a review of your record to determine if these credits are applicable to your program by submitting a Request for Assessment of Transfer Credits. In the meantime, register for the courses you think you will need. You can modify your registration until the course drop deadline.

Your request for assessment of transfer credits will need to include:

  • A list of the course(s) you believe you have previously satisfied the content for
  • Course outlines/syllabi for courses you are requesting consideration of transfer credit. These must be official documents provided by the instructor from the specific time when you took the course(s). Course outlines/syllabi must include:
    • The name of the course textbook(s) & chapters covered
    • Summary of how the course was evaluated (grading scheme)
    • Listing of the learning outcomes

Anticipated average time from request to notification of outcome is 6 to 8 weeks.

In extraordinary situations, it may be possible to receive an exemption from a course if you are not able to receive credit. Exemptions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and can be addressed only after your credit has been re-assessed. Contact Us if you think you may be eligible for an exemption. Please be sure to include the following:

  • A list of the course(s) you believe you have previously satisfied the content for
  • Course outlines/syllabi for courses you are requesting consideration of for exemption. These must be official documents provided by the instructor from the specific time when you took the course(s). Course outlines/syllabi must include:
    • The name of the course textbook(s) & chapters covered
    • Summary of how the course was evaluated (grading scheme)
    • Listing of the learning outcomes

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Learn more on the Student Services Website: Transfer Credits