Transfer between institutions

Transferring credit from other institutions
Using Your transfer credit
Preparing for programs at other institutions
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Advanced Placement program
International Baccalaureate program
Visiting students 
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Transferring credit from other institutions

UFV routinely evaluates official transcripts* received from students enrolled in post-secondary programs other than vocational certificate programs. If you are a continuing student and have not had transfer credit evaluated, please submit a transcript from your institution. If you are enrolled in a vocational certificate program, please contact our credential evaluation staff in the Office of the Registrar at 604-854-4501 or toll-free (in Canada) 1-888-823-8734.

Official Transcript Guidelines

For students with post-secondary documents that originate outside Canada, a $75 document evaluation fee is charged for domestic students, and $250 for international students (one fee covers all transcripts submitted at one time).

If you intend to use post-secondary credits from another institution toward a UFV credential, apply for transfer credit at least three to four months prior to application for graduation.

It is not necessary to have your transfer credit assessed if you plan to transfer to and graduate from another institution, unless you require transfer credit to meet certain course prerequisites.

Transfer credit can be assigned in several ways:

  • Credit for a specific UFV course.
  • Unassigned discipline credit, e.g., BUS IXX (3) — Business lower level (3 credits), given when the course does not have an exact equivalent, or we have not evaluated the course, but we recognize it for credit in a particular discipline. 
  • General unassigned credit e.g., GE IXX (3) — lower level unassigned credit, or GE 3XX (3) — upper level unassigned credit, given when we have not articulated a course, do not offer the discipline, or when block credit is given for a program.

Determining transfer credit can sometimes be a lengthy process. If a course has not been previously articulated, you will need to submit a detailed course outline for the department to review, to determine transfer credit. To save time, we suggest you provide course outlines for courses taken outside BC when you submit your official transcript.

For information about transfer credit from other BC institutions, consult the BC transfer guide.

Once your transfer evaluation is complete, Admissions at the Office of the Registrar will contact you, usually at your UFV email address, letting you know that you can review your transfer credit through your myUFV account.

Using your transfer credit

Transfer credit is awarded on an institutional basis, not for a specific program, so you may not be able to use all transfer credit granted towards a particular program. How much of your transfer credit can be applied to your program will depend upon the type of courses you transferred, and the amount of transfer credit that is permitted in your program. You should discuss how your transfer credit will apply to your program with the program head, program advisor, or an educational advisor in Student Services.

The "residency requirement" for the program is the proportion of credit that must be taken at UFV. It varies from 25-50% of the credits required for a program.

Check your myUFV record for your transfer credit. For enquiries, contact Admissions at the Office of the Registrar at 604-854-4501 or toll-free at 1-888-823-8734.
For more information, please refer to Transfer Credit Policy.
Click here for more information about High School transcipts.

 

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Preparing for programs at other institutions

If you plan to begin your studies at UFV to prepare for a degree or professional program at another institution, make an appointment to see an educational advisor in Student Services.

The BC Transfer Guide lists transfer credit agreements between BC post-secondary institutions. At this time, mostly lower-level courses are listed. For information about transferring courses not found in the BC Transfer Guide, contact the institution you wish to attend.

 

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Prior learning assessment is a process that can allow you to earn credit for skills and knowledge you already possess, regardless of how and where your learning took place. For more details, contact PLAR.

 

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Advanced Placement program

Advanced Placement (AP) courses may be used in place of regular grade 12 courses in the same discipline, either for meeting course prerequisites or meeting entrance requirements that include Approved Grade 12 courses.

Transfer credit may be granted to students who complete certain Advanced Placement program (AP) examinations. Normally, a minimum grade of 4 is required for transfer for AP courses. Transferability of Advanced Placement courses is listed in the B.C. Transfer Guide at bctransferguide.ca under "Block, AP and IB Guides".

To use AP courses at UFV, the following documentation is required:

  • Grade 12 applicants who require interim grades: ensure that the AP course interim grades are reported to UFV if your program requires high school grades. BC applicants can self-report the grades through the UFV self-reporting system in place of the regular grade 12 course in the discipline. If there is no course available in the discipline, you will need to submit a transcript from the school.
  • If taken in a BC school, the final grades will be reported on your final high school transcript. This is sufficient for meeting high school entrance requirements.
  • Transfer credit will only be evaluated and granted when official AP score results are sent directly from the College Board to UFV Admissions at the Office of the Registrar, 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8. For the Advanced Placement program, the institution number for UFV is 6750. Students may be able to request that the results be sent directly to UFV when the test is written, or transcripts can be ordered later.

 

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International Baccalaureate program

International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma courses may be used in place of regular grade 12 courses in the same discipline, either for meeting course prerequisites or meeting entrance requirements that include Approved Grade 12 courses.

Transfer credit may be granted to students who complete certain higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Normally, a minimum grade of 5 is required for transfer of IB courses. Transferability of International Baccalaureate courses is listed in the B.C. Transfer Guide at bctransferguide.ca , under "Block, AP and IB Guides".

To use IB courses at UFV, the following documentation is required:

  • Grade 12 applicants who require interim grades: ensure that the IB course interim grades are reported to UFV if your program requires high school grades. BC applicants can self-report the grades through the UFV self-reporting system in place of the regular grade 12 course in the discipline. If there is no course available in the discipline, you will need to submit a transcript from your school.
  • If taken in a BC school, the final grades will be reported on your final high school transcript. This is sufficient for meeting high school entrance requirements.
  • Transfer credit will only be evaluated and granted when official IB score results are sent directly from the International Baccalaureate organization to UFV Admissoins 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8. For the International Baccalaureate program, the institutional number for UFV is 00084. Students may be able to request that the results be sent directly to UFV when the test is written, or transcripts can be ordered later.

 

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Visiting students

Visiting at UFV

Visiting students are students from another institution who register at UFV and who plan to transfer their UFV courses back to their “home” institution. Usually, visiting students require a letter of permission from their home institution to confirm the transfer credit that will be given. Check with your institution to see if they require you to have a letter of permission before you register at UFV.

If you are applying with a letter of permission, you must submit an application form and the $45 application fee. A letter of permission does not allow you to bypass the admission process at UFV; it only indicates an agreement between you and your “home” institution. Visiting students are admitted and scheduled for registration on the same basis as General Studies and program path students.

Visiting at another institution

If you want to take a course at another post-secondary institution and apply that course to your program at UFV, you are strongly advised to complete a Request for Letter of Permission form (pdf). On the form, you will indicate which institution you want to attend, when, and which course(s) you plan to take. Submit the form to Admissions at the Office of the Registrar. We will determine the transferability of your requested course(s), and then forward the request form to your program head for approval. Once approval has been granted*, a letter of permission is mailed to you from the Office of the Registrar. You will need to show the letter to the institution you plan to attend. Please allow a few weeks to process your request. Then have the institution mail UFV an official transcript upon completion of the course(s).

Please note: Only UFV students who are in good standing are eligible to receive letters of permission. Students who are in academic difficulty (cumulative GPA less than 2.0 or on academic warning in their program), or new students who have not yet registered for UFV courses, will not normally be granted a letter of permission.

 

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