Transfer Credit Guidelines

Transfer Credit - Step by Step

  1. Fill out the Application Form, pay the application fee, and successfully meet the admission requirements for admission. Send one official transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended directly to the University of Regina.

  2. The faculty or college reviews the transcripts sent from the Admissions Office and decides what, if any, classes can be awarded transfer credit. In some faculties, this review must be requested by the student, in others it does not occur until the student registers in a class and in some, the review happens automatically upon admission. Check with your chosen faculty or college to find our their procedure.

  3. The usual maximum number of credit hours for any program is 60 credit hours or half the program. Students are expected to supply detailed course descriptions if asked to do so by the Faculty/College. University calendars and other documentation may also be requested by the faculty or college.

  4. Once the faculty or college has determined the credit to be given, an advisor fills out a transfer credit evaluation form. This evaluation is valid only for the faculty in which it is created.

  5. The completed evaluation is forwarded to the Transfer Credit Analyst in the Academic Data unit.

  6. The Transfer Credit Analyst checks all information to make sure it is correct, ensures that the institution is appropriately recognized, and then adds the information to each student's record. The original is kept in the master file, a copy is retained in the faculty, and the third is distributed to the student by the relevant faculty or college.

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Transfer Credit Rules and Guidelines

The University of Regina accepts the principle that appropriate courses taken at colleges, technical institutes and other universities will be recognized for transfer credit.

It is the student’s responsibility to send the official transcript(s) to the Admissions’ Office for possible transfer credit.

Transfer credit will not be awarded for any courses taken at institutions that are not listed on the application form.

The faculty’s decision about transfer credit is final.

The amount of credit may be limited depending upon the program in which the student chooses to enroll. Most faculties at the university require that a substantial portion of the program (usually at least half) be taken at the University of Regina. The criteria for granting transfer credit may vary from one faculty to another. Some require minimum grades for transfer while others will not consider courses completed prior to a certain date.

Grades obtained in courses taken at other universities are not included in calculating the grade point average for graduation except where such courses are required to be taken at the other institutions as part of a specific University of Regina program. Grades obtained in courses taken at other institutions may be used for assessing admission to a faculty or program or for other purposes.

Students who seek admission to any faculty of the University of Regina with advanced standing must submit a calendar of the university, if outside Canada, at which they have previously studied as well as a copy of each course description. If the material is in a language other than English or French, a notarized original translation must accompany the documents.

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Minimum Grades Required for the Awarding of Transfer Credit

The minimum grades shown in the following table are for Canadian universities using a percentage-based grading system in which the lowest passing grade is 50%. Grades from other grading systems and types of institution will be converted for this purpose.

Grades in courses awarded transfer credit are not used in calculation of GPAs except as noted in the faculty sections of the Calendar.

Student's Faculty
Minimum grade considered for transfer credit
Equivalent for post-secondary institutions with a 60% passing grade¹
U.S. post-secondary equivalent grade
Arts
50%
60%
C- (1.7 GPA)
Business Administration
60%
68%
C (2.0 GPA)
Centre for Continuing Education
50%
60%
C- (1.7 GPA)
Education
60%
68%
C (2.0 GPA)
Engineering and Applied Science
60%
68%
C (2.0 GPA)
Fine Arts
60%
68%
C (2.0 GPA)
Kinesiology & Health Studies
60%
68%
C (2.0 GPA)
Nursing
60%
68%
C (2.0 GPA)
Science
60%
68%
C (2.0 GPA)
Social Work
50%
60%
C- (1.7 GPA)

¹Faculties reserve the right to accept grades at face value from other institutions to the University of Regina.

Therefore transfer credit that is acceptable to one faculty and/or program may not be acceptable to another. Students should consult the appropriate section of the calendar in order to ascertain the transfer credit regulations of their chosen faculty.

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Undergraduate Grading Comparison with Alpha and 4-point Grading Systems

To see how the current University of Regina grading system relates to the Alpha and 4-point grading scales, please click here PDF.

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Transfer of Credits for Courses Taken after Admission (Post-Admission Credits)

Admitted students who wish to take courses offered by other post-secondary institutions towards their program at the University of Regina must apply to their faculty or college office for permission to be a visiting student or (if an inter-institutional agreement is in place) exchange student at the chosen (host) institution. The courses to be taken must be specified. Faculties may refuse transfer credit for courses taken without permission. Following completion of the approved courses, two official transcripts must be sent from the host institution to the Admissions Office, University of Regina.

Following successful completion, transcripts are forwarded to the University of Regina and if all the criteria are met, transfer credit is added to the student's record.

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Advanced Placement

Students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) exams with a grade of at least 4 shall be granted advanced standing (credit or placement) in approved courses.

An official AP transcript is required as part of the evaluation process. It is the student’s responsibility to send the official transcript to the Admissions Office for possible transfer credit.

If successful, transfer credit is evaluated and then added to each student's record.

Further details are available in the Policy Statement for the Advanced Placement program including lists of approved courses and corresponding U of R transfer credit.

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International Baccalaureate

Transfer credit will be granted to students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program if a student has completed individual International Baccalaureate courses at the higher level (HL) with a grade of 5 or better. Transfer credit is not awarded for courses taken at the Standard Level (SL).

An official IB transcript is required as part of the evaluation process. It is the student’s responsibility to send the official transcript to the Admissions Office for possible transfer credit.

If successful, transfer credit is evaluated and then added to each student's record.

Further details are available in the Policy Statement for the International Baccalaureate program including lists of approved courses and corresponding U of R transfer credit.

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Bible Colleges

Undergraduate general studies courses taken at Bible colleges, theological colleges, and seminaries that are member institutions of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), affiliated with an AUCC member institution, or accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) or the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) will also be considered for credit, but the University does not give credit for courses in theology or ministerial preparation.

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CEGEP

Applicants who have taken courses at a Quebec CEGEP beyond the minimum 12 courses (excluding Physical Education) required for admission, and who would like to have those courses considered for transfer credit, must submit official transcripts directly from the CEGEP and an institutional calendar that includes descriptions of courses taken. Transfer credit will be considered up to a maximum of 30 credit hours for either the two or three year program.

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International

Applicants who have taken courses at a post-secondary institution outside Canada, and who would like to have those courses considered for transfer credit, must submit an institutional calendar that includes descriptions of courses taken. If the material is in a language other than English or French, a notarized original translation must accompany the documents. If descriptions of the relevant courses are available in English on the institution's web site, the appropriate web reference will be accepted in lieu. Transfer credit will be considered for course work beyond 12 years of formal education or an equivalent credential approved by the University of Regina.

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The Pan-Canadian Protocol on the Transferability of University Credits

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) has passed a resolution calling for a uniform protocol on the transfer of credits between Canadian universities. The University of Regina accepts the Pan-Canadian Protocol on the transferability of university credits.

The Protocol:

Given the importance of promoting student mobility across Canada at the university level; given the high quality and standards of all universities in Canada; given the evolving characteristics of the Canadian university student body where students are generally older, more mobile, and more likely to be forced by work-related or personal reasons to register in more than one university to complete their undergraduate work; given the need to reassure students that all course work satisfactorily completed in the first two years of university study will be considered for recognition of credit should they be granted admission at another university; and given the need to reassure students that the process of transferring to another university in Canada will not result in undue additional costs or in the need to repeat essentially equivalent previous learning experiences, the University of Regina undertakes to take the necessary measures to ensure that, all of transferring to another university in Canada will not result in undue additional costs or in the need to repeat essentially equivalent previous learning experiences, the University of Regina undertakes to take the necessary measures to ensure that, all course work completed by transfer students during the first two years of university study in Canada (including the final year of studies leading to a diploma of college studies (DCS) in Quebec and the university transfer courses offered by community colleges and university colleges in British Columbia and Alberta) will be recognized and fully credited for the purposes of granting a degree provided that:

  1. The transfer student is deemed admissible and has been presented with an offer of admission;

  2. The transfer student has achieved a passing grade is his/her course(s) and has obtained grade levels that would normally be required of continuing students; and

  3. 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.

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