1- What is Transfer and Transfer Credit?
Transfer: the movement of students between post-secondary institutions.
Transfer credit: credit received for prior post-secondary studies.
2- What is the Online Alberta Transfer Guide?
The official statement of transfer agreements in Alberta. It lists course and program transfer agreements in the province for a specific academic year and other important admissions information.
3- Who makes the decision on what credit will transfer?
Granting transfer credit is at the discretion of the institution to which you are transferring.
4- If the course that I have taken is not listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide how do I know if I will receive credit for it?
If a course does not appear in the Alberta Transfer Guide, it has not been assessed for transfer credit. Contact the institution you are transferring to regarding transfer possibilities. You may be required to provide extra information, such as course outlines, for transfer credit to be considered.
The Transfer Guide is always being updated. Check the Online Alberta Transfer Guide first and then talk to the institution you wish to transfer to if you don't find the course(s) you are looking for.
5- If all of the courses that I've taken are listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide, are there any reasons why I might NOT receive transfer credit?
Possible reasons include:
- The courses you took are not relevant to the program you are transferring to.
- You took the course(s) too long ago
- Your grade did not meet the required minimum grade
- You wish to transfer more courses than the maximum the institution will allow (also known as a residency requirement)
6- I took some courses over 10 years ago. Will they still transfer?
All courses have a “shelf life”, and individual institutions determine whether these courses are still applicable to their programs. Please check with the institution you are transferring to in order to be sure.
If your courses were taken before the 1993/94 school year, they will not appear in the Online Guide. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (780) 422-9021 to find out if they appear in previous versions of the Guide.
7- How come there are no university to university transfer courses in the Guide?
Alberta universities have a general understanding that they will grant transfer credit for each others' courses, under the following circumstances:
Courses fit within the new program
Courses have been completed within a certain time period
You have achieved a minimum grade requirement
8- Can I transfer from a university outside Alberta to another university in Alberta?
Generally, universities in Canada will accept each other's courses for transfer, provided that they fit within the student's degree program and have been completed within a certain time period, with a final grade that meets the institution's minimum grade requirement for transfer credit.
Extra information such as course outlines may be required by the receiving institution. Transfer credit is assessed on an individual basis once students apply to the university. For more information, contact the Admission Office at the institution that you want to attend.
For information about transfer from/to other institutions besides universities, contact the institution you wish to attend to find out what their process is for granting transfer credit.
9- I f I am currently at the University of Alberta and would like to take one course at Grant Macewan College what is the process?
- Apply to Grant Macewan College and receive acceptance to attend the college for the desired course
- Fill out a letter of permission at University of Alberta, which once accepted states that the University of Alberta is allowing you to take the specified course at Grant Macewan and when transcripts are sent on completion of the course transfer credit will be received.
More Questions? Contact:
Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT)
Phone: (780) 422-9021 or 310-0000 toll-free
Fax: (780) 422-3688
TDD/YTT units in Edmonton - 427-9999, other locations call 1-800-232-7215