Transfer is the movement of students among post-secondary institutions on the basis of their having transfer credit. Transfer credit is credit earned at one post-secondary institution and accepted for credit at another post-secondary institution.
3. I took some courses more than 10 years ago. Will they still transfer?
That depends on the post-secondary institution and the program you want to take. Some programs have time limitations for granting transfer credit, because of changes to their curriculum (such as computing or nursing courses). Read more about how transfer credit works.
If you took these courses before the 1993-94 school year, they will not appear in the transfer search tool. Contact us for an archive search, which goes back to 1979.
4. Can I transfer from a university outside Alberta to a university in Alberta?
Generally, universities in Canada accept courses for transfer when:
The courses fit within the degree program
You have completed the courses within a certain time period
Your final grade meets the program/institution minimum grade requirement
Other information, such as course outlines, may be required by the institution you are transferring to. Transfer credit is assessed on an individual basis once you apply to the university. Learn more about transferring between provinces.
5. How do I transfer credit from one institution to another, such as a college to a university?
If transfer information is not listed in the search tool or app, contact the institution you want to attend and ask about whether a transfer credit assessment can be completed.
6. If I’m currently attending a university and would like to take one course at a college, what is the process to transfer credit?
Ask your university advisor if the college course you want to take can be credited towards your program
Apply to the college and be accepted to take your desired course
Request a letter of permission from your university
Once you receive the letter of permission from your university, you can take the college course, with the credit being transferred to your university program. Learn more about how transfer credit works.
Answers About Admissions and Transfer Resources
7. Do you still produce a printed copy of the Alberta Transfer Guide?
In the past, a printed Alberta Transfer Guide provided all general admission and transfer information, including transfer agreements with post-secondary institutions. It’s since been replaced with the Transfer Alberta website and search tools that provide the same information (and are updated more regularly):
8. How do I use the Transfer Alberta Search tool or mobile app?
You’ll be asked a series of questions relating to your personal experience and education you may already have. As you answer these questions, the tool will start identifying transfer opportunities that may apply to you.
9. How often is information in the Transfer Alberta Search tool and mobile app updated?
Data for the Transfer Alberta Search tool and mobile app is updated annually, or as new information is received from post-secondary institutions. That said, we ask that you confirm results with your post-secondary institution before you apply.
10. If a course I’ve taken isn’t listed in the search tool or app, how do I know if I’ll get transfer credit for it?
First, try searching for different keywords associated with your course, in case the search tool finds your course that way. If the course still doesn’t appear in your results, there may not be a formalized transfer agreement for it. This does not necessarily mean you won’t get credit for that course.