At the University of Lethbridge, transfer credit is based on the recognition that, while learning experiences may differ, the substance of courses may be similar in content and rigour.
Transfer credit allows you to use your previous studies toward attaining a credential at the University of Lethbridge. Students who have completed post-secondary courses at other post-secondary institutions may be eligible to receive transfer credit, which serves to reduce the number of courses that must be completed in order to complete a program of studies. Courses eligible for transfer credit must meet minimum grade requirements.
Transfer credit assessments are completed as part of the admission process when students submit their official post-secondary transcripts in support of an application for admission.
Upon admission, transfer credit for previously assessed courses is awarded on a course-by-course basis to students who have completed eligible courses at other post-secondary institutions. Transfer credit may also be granted for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. After transfer credit has been granted, students can view their individual Transfer Credit Statement on the Bridge.
Students can search for courses that have been previously assessed for transfer credit using the University of Lethbridge Transfer Equivalencies Database. If your institution or courses are not listed, they still may be eligible for transfer credit. See Courses Not Previously Assessed below.
For additional information on post-secondary transfer information from Alberta, British Columbia, the North West Territories and Yukon institutions, consult the Alberta Transfer Guide made available by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer. The British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, the ON Transfer and NB Transfer Credit Portal websites may also be helpful.
Courses completed at other post‐secondary institutions not listed in the University of Lethbridge Transfer Equivalencies Database have not been previously assessed for transfer credit by the University of Lethbridge.
If your completed post-secondary courses are not listed in the database and you would like them assessed for transfer credit, you must submit:
- A Transfer Credit Assessment Request form for each post-secondary institution you attended from which you have courses you would like assessed for transfer credit
- A detailed course outline for each course listed on the Transfer Credit Assessment Request form
You should submit your Transfer Credit Assessment Request form and accompanying course outlines as soon as you have applied to the University of Lethbridge, but no later than the end of your first term. Transfer credit assessments take approximately four to six weeks. Course outlines written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Upon receipt of a Transfer Credit Assessment Request form, an assessment will be carried out if sufficient course information has been provided in the course outlines or other documentation. Transfer credit will be awarded once each individual course evaluation is complete, provided Admissions has received a transcript confirming the course has been successfully completed. Transfer credit is designated as closely as possible to specified University of Lethbridge courses. Unspecified transfer credit may be awarded when a corresponding equivalent does not exist (e.g. ENGL 1XXX, SSCI 2XXX). This credit may be considered in meeting elective program requirements.
- Once transfer credit has been granted, students can view their individual Transfer Credit Statement on the Bridge.
- Upon grant of transfer credit, students should review their program requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar and contact an Academic Advisor within the appropriate Faculty if they have any questions on the applicability of transfer credits to their degree requirements.
- Transfer credit is granted at the institutional level. Students must review the institutional transfer credit granted and their program requirements to determine which transferable courses can be used to meet their program requirements. Not all credit granted will necessarily satisfy program requirements. Students should consult with the appropriate Academic Advisor if they have questions regarding which granted transfer credit may be used to meet their program requirements after admission and if they later change to a different program.
- If a student has outstanding transfer credit evaluations at the time of registration for courses at the University of Lethbridge, the student should consult with an Academic Advisor in the appropriate Faculty for assistance with program planning, course selection and registration.
- Current University of Lethbridge students planning to study at another institution must first obtain Visiting or Exchange student status and obtain prior written permission from the appropriate Faculty to have their courses considered for transfer credit.