Transfer credit

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is crucial to exchange. Make sure you're familiar with how it works! 

Please watch these two very informative videos for a step by step guide on completing the Transfer Credit Portal:

Transfer credit can take up to 16 weeks to process. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.).

Transfer credit process overview

  1. Log into the transfer credit portal to begin a course evaluation request. You can track the progress of the evaluation here
  2. Review the courses with in the Portal.
  3. If the course has not already been evaluated, submit a new request form for evaluation.
  4. An Advisor will review your request and forward it for evaluation to the individual departments.
  5. When the evaluation is complete, the results will automatically be entered on your account in the transfer credit portal.
  6. Once your transcript from your host university is sent to Go Global, it will be forwarded to Enrolment Services. At this point, the results will be added to your academic record on Student Service Centre (SSC).
  7. You can view the final results on the SSC under the transfer credit tab.

Submission deadlines

Submit by:
To obtain results by: If you want to:
January 31, 2018
May 31, 2018
Meet Winter Session 2018/19 course registration deadline.
April 30, 2018
August 30, 2018
Meet the November 2018 graduation deadline.  Edit your fall schedule if needed

*Any student is eligible to apply for transfer credit during any part of the cycle. The terms in this column are guidelines to help you determine when to apply.

See UBC's Okanagan Calendar for add/drop deadlines and registration dates.

Course load

UBC awards credits according to the credit ratio found on the partner page, not by the number of courses taken. This ratio can vary greatly between universities and countries so it is important you know what your credit ratio is.

Exchange students will be charged a tuition for 15 credits per term while they are abroad. It is up to the student if they wish to take less, but they will still be charged the same amount and will have to make up those credits at some other point. It is also important to abide by the partner institutions course load policy as well as their visa/study permit regulations. Students can transfer back a maximum 18 UBC credits per term.

Pre-approval process

Some faculties require students to receive pre-approval for their intended exchange courses (see below). This process should be completed after you are accepted into the Go Global program but before you begin your Exchange. Please submit all of your online Course Request Forms (CRFs) on the Transfer Credit Portal before the published deadlines.

After your submissions have been evaluated by your faculty, they will contact you regarding the courses for which you have received conditional pre-approval. Pre-approval is conditional until Go Global receives your transcript and can confirm with your faculty that you have successfully completed your exchange courses.

If you change your course selection after you have arrived at your host university, please contact your faculty advisor as soon as possible with information on your additional courses.

Faculty-specific processes

Applied Science, Human Kinetics, and Science

Due to the degree structure, students in these disciplines MUST obtain pre-approval for their exchange courses. A full course outline is required for evaluation. If this is not available before your exchange, you will be required to submit it once on exchange. In this case, pre-approval will not be possible.

Arts and Sciences

If you are seeking credit for a specific course (e.g., ANTH 343), it is recommended you obtain pre-approval prior to your Exchange. If you are unsure if you will get credit for an upper- or lower-level course, it is recommended that you have the course pre-approved. Don't be three credits short of graduation because you didn't do this step.


Management students MUST complete online course submissions prior to leaving on Exchange. You will arrange to meet with the Management advisor to go over your courses. If your courses change upon arrival, you will contact the advisor by email to approve any new courses.

Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Graduate Studies transfer credit policy of 12-credit (40%) restriction applies to students in UBC-approved exchange agreements. To ensure that the courses you take during exchange will be transferable toward your UBC graduate degree, please read the Student Exchange Agreements policy on the Graduate Studies website.

Last reviewed shim5/19/2017 3:43:53 PM