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August 23, 2014
 
 
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Transfer Credit



If you already have university or college education, you may be eligible for transfer credit from Laurier. Transfer credit means that the courses you completed at another university or college could be used towards your degree at Laurier.
The Admissions Officer for your chosen faculty will determine if you are eligible for transfer credit based on the OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AND OFFICIAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS you provide.  We are committed to granting appropriate transfer credit in order to give your academic career maximum benefit.  Factors which affect transfer credit include the type of institution you attended, the applicability of the courses to the program you are applying for, the grades you achieved, and the minimum Laurier course requirements for your program of study.

Laurier recognizes that while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, specific course content may be virtually equivalent in terms of content and rigour.  If a specific equivalent to a course is not available at Laurier, we will attempt to award an “unspecified” elective credit.  The assessment of transfer credit will be made on the final Offer of Admission to Laurier or as soon as possible thereafter.

Important Transfer Credit Information

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 less than 60% but over 50% may be awarded transfer credit at the discretion of the appropriate Admissions Committee.

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.

Transfer credit is 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 and you will be notified in a separate letter of the results of your assessment.

You need not apply for or request an assessment of transfer credit.  Assessments are automatically completed for all applicants presenting transcripts from post-secondary institutions.

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.

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.

For current Laurier students, transfer credit will not be awarded when a course has been taken at another university without a Letter of Permission.

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.

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

 
Universities and Colleges Outside of Canada

Transfer credit may be awarded for degree credit courses taken at a university/college that is recognized by the accrediting body of its specific country or region.  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, the academic rigour, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier.  Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major the transfer credit assessment may vary.

 
International Baccalaureate - IB

• Acceptable standing in a minimum of 6 subjects of which at least 3 must be at the higher level (HL)
• Minimum overall total score required is 28, including three bonus points for extended essay. 

• All required courses must be at a minimum score of 4 unless otherwise noted.

• Laurier will accept IB predicted grades for early admission consideration.
• Transfer credit is considered up to a maximum of 6 classes (3.0 credits) for HL subjects with a minimum score of 5 as well as for the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay with a minimum grade of B in each, subject to applicability of the program offered.

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

 

IB Transfer Credit Equivalencies


 
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 6 classes (3.0 credits) subject to the appropriateness of the program. Applicants are required to submit course descriptions.

AP Transfer Credit Equivalencies 

 
United States Universities and Colleges

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, the academic rigour, and the program the applicant is entering at Laurier.  Once at Laurier, if a student elects to change their major the transfer credit assessment may vary.

 
GCE - A-level

Transfer credit will be considered on a special review basis for A-level courses with a minimum final grade of B, although higher grades may be required for some programs (i.e., BBA/BMath). Transfer credit will be assessed upon receipt of an official final GCE transcript.

GCE A-Level Transfer Credit Equivalencies 

 
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

Transfer credit assigned 1XX is recognized as a first year elective. Laurier will grant a maximum of 3.0 transfer credits from AP, IB, CAPE or GCE redults. A minimum of 2 (two) is required for transfer credit consideration.

CAPE Transfer Credit Equivalencies