Transfer Students


Continue your journey here! By transferring here, you'll earn your degree from the University of Alberta and join our community of learners and leaders from across Canada and around the world. 


Admission for transfer students

General requirements
Admission to all undergraduate programs is competitive and subject to available space. 

Coursework requirements 
As a transfer applicant, you will be evaluated on both your high school and post-secondary coursework. 

Program requirements
Requirements vary for each program – consult our program listing for more details.

Transfer credit

Transfer credit
Once you are admitted, you will automatically be evaluated for transfer credit. Any approved transfer credit will reflected in Bear Tracks

Course equivalents
Where possible, transfer credit will be given for exact course equivalents. Otherwise, transfer credit is granted as closely as possible to the subject level.

Advanced standing
You can receive Advanced Standing for previous IB coursework or AP coursework.


Transfer applicants from Alberta institutions

If you are planning to transfer from one of the following institutions please expand the section below to learn more. Otherwise, please see the information about the Transfer Alberta Guide.

  • Athabasca University
    Your courses will be accepted for credit, provided that you meet the grade and degree program requirements.
  • Macewan University
    Transfer agreements between Macewan and the University of Alberta for 100- and 200-level courses can be found in the Transfer Alberta Guide. While many 300- and 400-level course equivalents are also referenced in the guide, the University of Alberta will also consider for transfer credit additional 300- and 400-level courses not listed, as long as they are taken within a degree program and meet minimum grade and University of Alberta degree program requirements.
     
    Note that while a transfer agreement may exist, your transferable coursework must also meet the requirements of the program to which you have been admitted. This also applies when transferring from one program to another at the University of Alberta. In these cases, all post-secondary work is re-assessed for the new program and previously granted transfer credit may or may not be applicable.
  • Mount Royal University
    Transfer agreements between MRU and the University of Alberta for 100- and 200-level courses can be found in the Transfer Alberta Guide. While many 300- and 400-level course equivalents are also referenced in the guide, the University of Alberta will also consider for transfer credit additional 300- and 400-level courses not listed, as long as they are taken within a degree program and meet minimum grade and University of Alberta degree program requirements.
     
    Note that while a transfer agreement may exist, your transferable coursework must also meet the requirements of the program to which you have been admitted. This also applies when transferring from one program to another at the University of Alberta. In these cases, all post-secondary work is re-assessed for the new program and previously granted transfer credit may or may not be applicable.
  • University of Calgary
    Your courses will be accepted for credit, provided that you meet the grade and degree program requirements.
  • University of Lethbridge
    Your courses will be accepted for credit, provided that you meet the grade and degree program requirements.

Transfer Alberta Guide

This guide lists most Alberta post-secondary institutions and allows you to view which of the courses you have taken (or are planning to take) are transferable to the University of Alberta. The Transfer Alberta Guide is also available as an iOS app and Android app.

Transfer Alberta Guide

Transfer applicants from outside Alberta

Courses taken at other research-based universities shall be accepted for credit, subject to meeting University of Alberta grade and program requirements. For post-secondary institutions attended outside of Alberta, the university will normally grant transfer credit for university-level courses that are transferable to the research-intensive universities within that province, subject to meeting minimum grade and program requirements. References used are online provincial transfer guides such as the BC Transfer Guide and ONTransfer.


Residency requirements

Generally, up to 60 transfer credits (★60) or equivalent (e.g. 10 full courses or 20 half courses), are allowed in any program, subject to meeting faculty requirements. Therefore, transfer credit is generally limited to the first two years of an undergraduate degree program (i.e. 100- and 200-level courses). Credit at a more senior level is possible with the approval of the faculty concerned.