Gain Admission to the University and Program of Your Choice
Using the University Transfer Program, students are able to explore their interests through 1st and 2nd year university courses that may be transferred to a college or university in the second or third program year.
- Bachelor degrees are typically 4-years in duration, and are offered by all major public and private universities in Canada.
- These universities use a credit-based system, with majors (specializations) and degree programs requiring completion of a set number of course credits.
- Completion of a standard bachelor degree program requires 120 credits.
To gain admission to the university of your choice, you will have to fulfil the university’s basic admission requirements.
- As well, some Programs have admission requirements in addition to the requirements for admission to the university.
To learn what the admission requirements are, please visit the webpage of the Program you are interested in.
- And of course, if you would like some assistance interpreting the webpage, please feel free to make an appointment with one of our Academic Advisors (Fanie Zis at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Leach at email@example.com ).
Alexander College offers a wide range of 1st and 2nd year courses that will assist you to transfer successfully, and earn credits at the university to which you will be transferring.
To assist you in making your personalized Transfer Plan, we have provided a number of example Transfer Study Plans below. For example, if you wished to transfer to the Biological Sciences Program at SFU, there are a number of courses you could take at Alexander College which would help you transfer successfully. To find the program you are interested in, please see the examples below. If the program (or university) you are interested in is NOT included in the examples below, please contact one of our Academic Advisors and we will be pleased to help you develop your personalized transfer plan.
Programs in the Arts include humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts. Some examples in the field of Arts education are:
- Art History
- Asian Studies
- Classical Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
Programs in Business allow students to develop the comprehensive skills and confidence necessary to become successful leaders in the Business world. Specializations within the school of Business include:
- Human Resource Management
- Operations Management
Students pursuing education in the sciences may choose from any number of dynamic and specialized scientific fields, including:
- Computer Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Biological Sciences
FAQs about University Transfer
I want to transfer to a BC University for a 4-year Degree. What do I need?
Your requirements will depend on the university of your choice, the program you are interested in, and your current level of education. Typically, in order to be considered a transfer student, you will need a minimum of 24 transferable credits (some programs require more) and you must satisfy the university’s English Language requirements. An Academic Advisor can assist you to determine the requirements for the specific university and program you are interested in.
I want to transfer to a university in Canada but outside of British Columbia. How does this work?
The BC Transfer Guide lists only the courses that transfer between colleges and universities located within the Province of British Columbia (including Athabasca and Yukon College). If you want to apply to a university outside of BC, you will need to apply to the university first and submit your official transcripts. If you are accepted, then you can apply for transfer credit. The university will review your transcript and let you know what credits they accept.
I checked the BC Transfer Guide, and a course I want to take at Alexander College transfers to UBC as “UBC 1st”. Does this mean it is not transferable?
This means that you will receive credit for this course, but UBC does not have the exact equivalent for this course. This is called an “Unassigned Credit”. For example, if you take ECON 210 at Alexander College and refer to the BC Transfer Guide to check whether it transfers to UBC, you will see this:
ALEX ECON 210 (30 = UBC ECON 2nd (3)
This means UBC will give you 3 credits for this course, but it is not the exact equivalent of any course UBC offers.
One of the courses I want to take says it “precludes additional credit” for another course I’m interested in. What does that mean?
This means that two courses that have very similar or overlapping content cannot both count as credit toward your degree. Precluded courses are not necessarily equivalent. Do not assume that one course can substitute for another simply because it is precluded. Always check with an Academic Advisor.
I went to another college in BC before coming to Alexander College. How do I transfer my credits from the other college?
If you are working toward an Associate Degree and you would like to use credits for courses you took at another educational institution you may do so. But please note the following: A maximum of 30 transferable credits from other educational institutions (7-10 courses) can be applied towards tour Associate Degree at Alexander College. You will be required to complete a Transfer request Form along with your official transcript from the institution you attended. If the course you took at the other educational institution is not listed in the BC Transfer Guide, you may be required to submit a course outline for the course as well. When transferring courses, we only transfer the credits, not the GPA; however, you must have achieved a minimum of C- for the credits from a course to be accepted.
I want to transfer to UBC to major in Psychology (or another subject I am interested in), but I do not see that listed under University Transfer programs. Does this mean that I cannot transfer into Psychology (or the other subject I am interested in)?
There are many programs you can transfer to that are not listed under the University Transfer programs.
- You can start off your BA or BSc in psychology at Alexander College. In fact, Alexander College offers almost all of the 1st and 2nd year requirements to transfer into 3rd year for a BA in Psychology.
- Please meet with an Academic Advisor to learn more.
I want to take a course at Alexander College and transfer it to another college or university, but when I check with the BC Transfer Guide, it tells me that the course transfers but there is a specific end date listed under “Effective Dates”. Does this mean I can’t use it to transfer?
Some courses may have been equivalent at one time but may no longer be equivalent due to changes in curriculum, course content etc. For example if you want to take MATH 232 at Alexander College and transfer it to UVic, you will see the following:
ALEX MATH 232 (3) UVIC MATH 233(A) (1.5) Jan/o7 to Aug/09
This means that between January 2007 and August 2009, these courses were equivalent, but at the present time, they are no longer equivalent. You will also see in the line above that ALEX MATH 232 is still transferable to UVic, but as UVIC MATH 211 from September 2009 to the present day:
ALEX MATH 232 (3) = UVIC MATH 211 (1.5) sEP/09 TO –
To ensure that the course you wish to take remains transferable, always check the dates listed under “Effective Dates” in the column on the far right of the screen of the BC Transfer Guide.
For a list of other FAQs about the BC Transfer Guide, please go to:
- To gain admission to the University and program of your choice, you will have to fulfil the University’s basic admission requirements. It is your responsibility to learn what those are. To learn all of the requirements you must fulfil to transfer successfully, please consult the webpage of the program that you wish to transfer to. If you would like assistance when reviewing the webpage of the program you would like to transfer to, please make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.
- There are a number of requirements that you must fulfil in order to transfer successfully. These sample plans will greatly contribute to satisfying these requirements but there are additional ones. Because there are additional requirements, simply following these plans, will not be sufficient to guarantee your admission to the University and program of your choice.
- The samples below are the most common transfer programs. If you do not find an example of a program and University that you want to attend, please contact an Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor will help you create one specifically for you.
- Because program requirements and course equivalencies can change often, we strongly advise for you to always check the BC Transfer Guide for the current status and transferability of that course.
Transfer Plans for Selected Programs
- To assist you, we have prepared some example Transfer Plans for selected Universities in British Columbia. These Transfer Plans show which courses you may take at Alexander College that are guaranteed to earn you Transfer Credits in the program you wish to enter at selected universities. Feel free to download them.
- The Transfer Plans posted below may not include the University or the program you are interested in. Alexander College’s Academic Advisors would be pleased to meet with you and help you develop a Transfer Plan specifically for you.
- If you wish to speak with an Academic Advisor in order to discuss the Transfer Plans posted below or to create a Transfer Plan specifically for you, please visit us at the Academic Advising offices at either the Vancouver Campus or the Burnaby Campus. To make an appointment, you may telephone us, or make an appointment by e-mail. Vancouver: Fanie Zis firstname.lastname@example.org Burnaby: Greg Leach email@example.com