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Transfer Credit



The university is committed to granting appropriate transfer credit to the maximum extent possible. Factors which affect transfer credit include: the type of institution attended, the applicability of the courses to the program the applicant wishes to enter, the grades achieved, and the minimum Laurier course requirements as outlined in the University Regulations chapter in the section, Residency Requirements for a Degree. In particular, for those applicants who have attended a fully accredited university or junior college, wherever possible, a credit-for-credit transfer will be allowed.

The university recognizes that, while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, their substance may be virtually equivalent in terms of their content and rigour. If a specific equivalency to a course is not available at Wilfrid Laurier University, we will attempt to award an "unspecified" elective credit.

Transfer credit assessments will be completed by the appropriate admissions officer following established procedures and in consultation with the appropriate faculty as required. Transfer credit is assessed at the time of admission provided the admissions office has received official final transcripts and official course descriptions (if required). The final decision on transfer credit rests with the undergraduate admissions office.




Important Information for All Transfer Credit Applicants

For All Applicants

You must disclose all of your post-secondary education at the time you apply for admission.

Once admitted, any prior post-secondary education that has not been disclosed will not be eligible for transfer credit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application information is truthful, complete and correct. The university reserves the right to verify any information provided as part of your application. If any information in your application is determined to be false, misleading, concealed or withheld, your application may be invalidated, possibly resulting in the immediate rejection or revocation of an offer of admission or registration at a university. Information about a rejection of your application may be shared with universities and colleges across Canada. The determination of whether an application contains false or misleading information or that you have concealed or withheld information, and with which universities or colleges this information may be shared, is solely in the discretion of the OUAC and/or the university(ies) to which you have applied.

Transfer credit will not be awarded for practical, clinical or teacher education courses.

Incoming Students

Transfer credit will be assessed at the time of admission if official final transcripts and official course descriptions have been submitted. Transfer credit awarded will be included in your offer of admission. If official documents are not available at the time of admission, transfer credit will be assessed as soon as all documents are received. You will be notified in a separate letter of the results of your assessment.

You neednít apply for or request an assessment of transfer credit. Assessments are automatically completed for all applicants presenting official final transcripts from post-secondary institutions. However, if you have been admitted into Unclassified Studies or under Academic Probation, you are not eligible to have your transfer credit assessed until you are in a program leading to a degree. Once you have been placed into a program, you have 12 months to have your credit assessed. Please contact the appropriate Admissions Officer to let them know you are now in a program and would like an assessment.

You must have 60% or higher in a course to be awarded transfer credit in a subject within your program major. Subjects outside of your program major in which you have achieved 50% to 60% may be awarded as transfer credit at the discretion of the appropriate Admissions Committee.

Transfer credit previously received from another post-secondary institution will not necessarily carry over to Laurier. We conduct our own assessment of each post-secondary institution you have attended. Where transfer credit is being awarded from another university, prior failures will also be counted. You are permitted a maximum of 5.0 credits in failures. Any subsequent failures will require you to withdraw from the University.

Current Laurier Students

Current Laurier students seeking to take a course(s) at another post-secondary institution(s) and wish to apply credits obtained elsewhere to their Laurier degree should apply to the Laurier Registrar's Office for a Letter of Permission (LOP) prior to taking external course(s).

Those students who have not requested an LOP prior to taking course(s) elsewhere will need to appeal to the appropriate Faculty to have the credit(s) added to their Laurier record. For further information please contact the Registrar's Office.

For students who have been asked to withdraw, courses taken at another university to meet upgrading requirements will not be awarded as transfer credit if you are re-admitted to Laurier.

 
United States - Universities/Colleges

The following is in addition to the Important Information for All Transfer Applicants found above.

Transfer credit may be awarded for degree credit courses taken at an accredited university or college within the United States.

Where possible, course-for-course credit is granted. If this is not possible, general elective credit will be awarded.

Transfer credit assessments are dependent upon the program and courses a student has taken, the grades achieved, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier.

Transfer credit is not assessed until a Laurier program has been selected. Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major, the transfer credit assessment may vary.

Laurier Institution Code: 0893

 
Canadian Universities

The following is in addition to the Important Information for All Transfer Applicants found above.

Transfer credit may be awarded for degree credit courses in which the applicant has achieved a grade of 60% or higher.

Where possible, course-for-course credit is granted. If this is not possible, general elective credit(s) will be awarded.

Transfer credit assessments are dependent upon the program and courses a student has taken, the grades achieved, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier.

Transfer credit is not assessed until a Laurier program has been selected. Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major, the transfer credit assessment may vary.

 
Outside North America - Universities/Colleges

The following is in addition to the Important Information for All Transfer Applicants found above.

Transfer credit may be awarded for degree credit courses taken at a university/college that is recognized by the accrediting body of the specific country or region.

Transfer credit assessments are dependent upon the program and courses a student has taken, the grades achieved, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier.

Where possible, course-for-course credit is granted. If this is not possible, general elective credit will be awarded.

Transfer credit is not assessed until a Laurier program has been selected. Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major, the transfer credit assessment may vary.

 
(CAAT) College of Applied Arts & Technology in Ontario

Laurier will normally award up to 2.5 credits for completion of one year of a program, up to 5.0 credits when a student has completed a two year program or up to 7.5 credits for a three year program at a College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Transfer credit is dependent upon the College program and courses completed, the grades achieved, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier.

Transfer credit is normally awarded in the form of junior non-specific (elective) credits. Courses in which you have achieved less than a B- will not be considered for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is not assessed until a Laurier program has been selected. Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major, the transfer credit assessment may vary.

Please note: The changes to the transfer credit for one year and three year college programs are effective for those admitted January 2009 forward. Re-assessments will not be performed for students that started prior to January 2009.

Laurier Brantford Agreements


 
Bible College

Applicants from colleges accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (AABC), may be granted advanced standing. Two years study are required for applicants who did not previously complete the necessary minimum requirements for admission to the university (high school transcript may be required). A minimum of a B- (70 percent) grade must have been attained in the appropriate course(s) for transfer credit consideration. Only academic courses will be considered for transfer credit; no credit will be granted for professional courses such as education, administration, pastoral studies, counselling or courses of a doctrinal nature. Usually not more than 3.0 credits in religious studies will be considered for transfer credit.


Courses in which you have achieved less than a B- will not be considered for transfer credit.

 
CEGEP

Students who have completed a two or three year CEGEP program are eligible to receive transfer credit, up to a maximum of 5.0 credits.

Courses in which you have achieved less than a 70% will not be considered for transfer credit.

It is the studentís responsibility to provide the Admissions Office with course descriptions (in English) for all academic courses completed with a minimum grade of 70%.

 
Advanced Placement (AP)

Transfer credit will be awarded on a case-by-case basis for AP exams successfully completed with a minimum grade of 4 (up to a maximum of 3.0 credits) subject to the appropriateness of the program.

AP Transfer Credit Equivalencies

Laurier Institution Code: 0893

 
International Baccalaureate (IB)

Transfer credits will be considered for all higher level courses completed with a minimum score of 5, for both diploma and certificate applicants, subject to applicability to the program offered. Applicants with a minimum of B in each TOK and EE will receive 1.0 junior transfer credit Ė i.e., 0.5 Jr. PP + 0.5 Jr. Div x (relative to topic covered in Extended Essay). A maximum of 3.0 transfer credits may be awarded.

Applicants completing individual IB courses in conjuntion with another educational system will be assessed on the basis of their entire academic record.

IB Transfer Credit Equivalencies

 
Canadian Colleges Outside of Ontario

Laurier will normally award transfer credit where a student has completed a minimum of one year at an accredited college.

The amount of transfer credit is dependent upon the College program and courses completed, the grades achieved, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier.

Transfer credit is normally awarded in the form of junior non-specific (elective) credits. Courses in which you have achieved less than a B- will not be considered for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is not assessed until a Laurier program has been selected. Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major, the transfer credit assessment may vary.

 
Private or Career Colleges

Although many private/career colleges are registered with the Ministry of Education, most offer specific applied (non-academic) career training.

Laurier does not grant transfer credit for programs completed at private/career colleges.

 
Appealing your Transfer Credit

To appeal your transfer credit assessment, it is your responsibility to provide course outlines to the appropriate Admissions Officer.

Upon receipt of these outlines, transfer credit will be reviewed first by the Admissions Officer, then by the Dean, Director or Chair of the program, and if deemed necessary, by the appropriate Admissions Committee.

Any questions regarding transfer credit assessments must be provided in writing to the appropriate Admissions Officer within 12 months from the date of admission, or in the event of a program change.

Subsequent changes to policies and regulations will not affect previously awarded transfer credit.

 
Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

What is PLAR?

"PLAR is a process that helps adults to demonstrate and obtain recognition for learning that they acquire outstide of formal education settings." - CICIC Fact Sheet No. 6 (http://www.cicic.ca/en/page.aspx?sortcode=2.17.19)

Laurier's PLAR Policy

Wilfrid Laurier University does not grant PLAR credits. PLAR credits granted by another institution are not transferrable to Laurier.