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What is the University Transfer Program in Canada?
Did you know there are two routes you can take to enter a British Columbia University?
- The direct way : Heading to university right after high school graduation
- The alternative way : Students start their academic career in college and transfer to their second/ third year of a Bachelor’s Degree Program
This alternative route represents the University Transfer Program.
For help with your university transfer application and program requirements please contact our Academic Advisor, Camila Miranda.
Please remember: University transfer study plans are created by Academic Advisors for each transfer student individually to reflect the student’s English level, high school prerequisites, and, more importantly, the intended university and program for their degree.
Therefore, even though standard transfer plans can be made, students should meet with an Academic Advisor at least once to have the standard plan amended to reflect their academic history. Additionally, universities may change their admissions requirements for transfer students without further notice, and this may not be reflected in the standard study plans in a timely manner. When a student meets with an Academic Advisor to create their study plan, it is guaranteed to be up-to-date.
About University Transfer
Using the University Transfer Program, students are able to explore their interests through first- and second-year university courses that may be transferred to a college or university in the second or third program year.
Bachelor’s degrees are typically four years in duration, and are offered by all major public and private universities in Canada. These universities use a credit-based system, with majors (specializations) and degree programs requiring completion of a set number of course credits. A standard Bachelor’s degree program requires the completion of 120 credits in total.
It is possible for students to enter a university after completing some course credits at a college. In British Columbia, the majority of accredited public and private colleges and universities allow students to transfer their post-secondary credits toward a Bachelor’s degree program of their choice within the British Columbia Council for Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) system. Students who enter a university via a college (as opposed to entering a university directly after completing high school) are called transfer students.
To gain admission to a university, transfer students have to fulfill that university’s admission requirements. In addition, students may need to fulfill program requirements for admission to certain faculties, departments, or schools.
Alexander College offers a wide range of first- and second-year university courses that are transferable within the BCCAT system and beyond. This allows students to receive credits for courses taken in Alexander College at the university of their choice.
To assist students in choosing courses that will allow them to successfully transfer to the university, Alexander College offers Academic Advising Services to all its students. Academic Advisors help students understand university and faculty admission requirements and create a study plan that would put them on a path of fulfilling a Bachelor’s degree program requirements. Depending on each student’s unique situation, Academic Advisors assist students in assessing their prerequisites and previous college coursework in order to develop a plan for a smooth transition to a university of their choice.
I want to transfer to a BC university for a four-year degree. What do I need?
Your requirements will depend on the university of your choice, the program you are interested in, and your current level of education.
Typically, in order to be considered a transfer student, you will need a minimum of 24 transferable credits (some programs require more) and you must satisfy the university’s English Language Requirement.
An Academic Advisor can assist you with determining the requirements for the specific university and program you are interested in.