According to the BC Transfer Guide, a transfer is when one institution recognizes education completed at another. You can use the credits earned from VCC to fulfill some of the requirements for your credential at another institution to which you're admitted. Be sure to plan your study by researching transferrable courses on the BC Transfer Guide to and from VCC, depending on your transfer needs.
Prerequisites at VCC
While students may meet the admission requirements of the University Transfer programs at VCC, individual courses may have specific requirements. Acceptance into the university transfer programs does not guarantee individual course registration eligibility. Visit our website to review the course offerings, and click on each course to review the course prerequisites. Be sure to check with an International Student Advisor to confirm if you meet the prerequisites of your chosen VCC courses and discuss your study plan before course registration.
VCC Program Graduation Requirements
To obtain a VCC University Transfer credential, there are specific courses required to be completed. Refer to each University Transfer program for details.
University Transfer Course Schedules
Most University Transfer classes are offered in September, and some in January. The course offerings in May are limited. To ensure meeting your full-time status, remember to plan for alternative courses in case your preferred classes have overlapping schedules or are not offered in the term of your choice. Schedules and timetables are usually available two to three months prior to the beginning of classes.
Transfer VCC Credits to Universities
A successful university transfer plan requires an international student to do the following:
Connect with the receiving institution to learn more about the transfer admissions process. For example, if you are planning to transfer courses to the Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), research on their website and meet with their advisors to learn about application deadlines, transfer admissions requirements including grades (GPA), number of credits, and type of courses required.
Know what courses and prerequisites to meet at VCC. Once you know the transfer admission requirements at your choice of receiving institution, research on BC Transfer Guide to confirm which courses you need to complete at VCC.
Not sure which courses transfer to your preferred university? Check the BC Transfer Guide website for details.
While students can take electives in a term they prefer, many CMPT and MATH courses are only offered in specific terms. The sample schedules below are for course planning purposes for international students to maintain their full-time study status. Submit the Associate Degree First Term Course Registration Form if you are applying to a Winter term.
Course availability may change without prior notice.
Check the pre-requisites of the electives and course offerings before registration.
Current VCC international students enrolled in VCC's University Transfer programs may schedule an academic course planning appointment with a VCC International Student Advisor by booking an advising session online, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 604-443-8600. Ensure to do some research ahead of time in preparation for your academic course planning advising session. For example:
Which university are you planning to transfer your VCC credits to, and what program?
How many credits, and what courses does this university require?
What is the application deadline of the university of your choice?
After checking the BC Transfer Guide, what VCC courses are you planning to take to fulfill the transfer requirements?
For more information about registration and class schedules for new and returning students, check Course Registration.
Transfer Credits to VCC
International students with prior post-secondary education must officially request transfer credits to VCC. Official transcriptsand certified translations in English (if applicable) are required. Course outlines shouldbe included when submitting a transfer request to VCC. Please click on 'Request for Credit Transfer' below for more information. The Transfer Credit process is not required to meet VCC Program Admissions Requirements. View Policy and Procedure D.3.11 for details about transfer credits.
Students transferring between post-secondary institutions in B.C. may refer to the BC Transfer Guide to confirm course transfer eligibility.
Students with transcripts from outside of Canada may require an ICES Comprehensive evaluation. Some programs require supplemental reports for transfer credits.
Official transcripts must be received at VCC by mail from the sending institution, in a sealed untampered envelope.
The transcript must have the institutional seal, stamp or signature.
After receiving admission to the program, submit the Transfer Credit Request Form with supporting documentation at least 3 weeks before classes begin.
Transfer Credit in combination with PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) will not exceed a maximum of 65% of a program.
To receive a credential from VCC, students must complete a minimum of 35% of the program at VCC, and the entirety of that 25% must come from the second half of the program. Refer to C.1.3 Granting of Credentials policy and procedures for details
Insufficient documents may result in a delay in the process or be deemed not completed. Students must apply for transfer credit prior to the start of a program, and allow a minimum of 3 weeks for processing.
The request for transfer credits is not guaranteed, and it is not common for transfer credits from non-articulated institutions to be awarded.
The awarding of transfer credit may reduce the number of courses registered in a term. Connect with a VCC International Student Advisor to discuss if you are not meeting the full-time course load as a study permit holder, or are concerned about your PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit) eligibility.
Before requesting to transfer credits, discuss with an International Student Advisor if you are not meeting the full-time course load as a study permit holder, or are concerned about your PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit) eligibility.