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Transfer Credit

The U of S accepts, for transfer of credit, courses from accredited universities and colleges around the world. In most cases, credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis for courses equivalent to those taught at the U of S .

Course-for-course Equivalents

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College of Agriculture and Bioresources Transfer Credit Agreements

College of Arts and Science Transfer Credit Agreements

In addition to the following information about transfer credit agreements, information for Arts and Science transfer students is available on the college website.

Listed below are current transfer articulation agreements between the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan and other post-secondary institutions. Students who have successfully completed the specified courses or programs at the institutions listed below are eligible for block transfer credit to the Arts and Science programs that are indicated. Students interested in learning about transfer credit from other programs or institutions should select the Course-for-Course Equivalents list above.

Beijing Institute of Technology - Dual Undergraduate Degree Program in Economics

Under a 2+2 articulation agreement, undergraduate economics students registered at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), who have successfully completed the first two years of studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to apply to the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) for admission and transfer to the U of S undergraduate Economics and Business Economics degree programs.

Briercrest College

Under an articulation agreement, students who have completed at least 30 credit units of a post-secondary certificate, diploma or program at Briercrest College, with a minimum average of 60%, are eligible to transfer at least 50 percent of their courses, to a maximum of 60 credit units, into the College of Arts & Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Students completing one-year certificates at Briercrest are not covered by this agreement, but may be eligible to receive transfer credit on a course-for-course basis. Please refer to the Course-for-Course Equivalents list above to see a list of courses commonly accepted for transfer credit from Briercrest College.

Capital Normal University

Under an articulation agreement, students who have completed their second year in the Life Science, Biology Stream program at Capital Normal University are eligible for 57 credit units of transfer credit upon transfer into the four-year or honours Biology programs within the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

SIAST- Chemical Technology Diploma Program

Under an articulation agreement, students who have completed the Chemical Technology diploma program at SIAST are eligible for 60 credit units of transfer credit upon transfer into the four-year or honours Chemistry programs within the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

SIAST- Computer Systems Technology Diploma Program

Under an articulation agreement, students who have completed the Computer Systems Technology diploma program at SIAST are eligible for 54 credit units of transfer credit upon transfer into the four-year or honours Computer Science programs within the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

SIAST - GIS Resource Management Certificate Program

Under an articulation agreement, students who have completed the GIS Resource Management Certificate program at SIAST are eligible for 30 credit units of transfer credit upon transfer into the four-year Environment & Society program within the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

SIAST- Technology Resource and Environmental Law Diploma Program

Under an articulation agreement, students who have completed the Technology Resource and Environmental Law diploma program at SIAST are eligible for 48 credit units of transfer credit upon transfer into the three-year, four-year or honours Northern Studies programs within the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

Xi’an Jiaotong University- Joint Undergraduate Degree Program in Sociology

Under a 2+2 articulation agreement, undergraduate Sociology students registered at XJTU, who have successfully completed the first two years of studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to apply to the U of S for admission to transfer to the undergraduate Sociology degree program.

Similarly, undergraduate Sociology students registered at the U of S who have successfully completed the first two years of full-time studies in the College of Arts and Science are eligible to apply to XJTU for admission to transfer to the XJTU undergraduate Sociology degree program.

Students will receive an equivalent number of credit units at both institutions to begin study in their third year. If an admitted student meets degree requirements from both universities, the student can obtain bachelor degrees from both universities.

Official Transfer Articulation Agreements

Further details and requirements are described in the official transfer articulation agreements available on the College of Arts and Science’s Current Transfer Agreements page.

  1. Application for admission - The U of S assesses transfer credit as part of the application process for all post-secondary education. Due to the high volume of applications received we are not able to provide transfer credit evaluations prior to receiving an application for admission and the required documents
  2. For any institute outside of Canada all of the following materials are required to determine if a course transfers:
    • Course syllabus (the outline broken down by weeks, not just the calendar description). Except for language courses, syllabi must be translated into English. The course syllabi must have some indication what university of college it is from. If the detailed course information is available from the institutions official website, you may forward a link with the entire web address and Admissions will check to see if enough information is provided. Word documents of course outlines will not be accepted. All course outlines are subject to verification for authenticity.
    • Course number and name (i.e. English 110.6)
    • Number of hours of lecture and lab
    • Number of credit units
    • List of textbooks and reference materials used, including name and edition
    • Name of sending institution and instructor
    • Grading system (i.e. assignments 15%, midterm exam 10%)
    • Grading scale (ie. 50%, 4-point scale)
    • Official transcript, if applicable
  3. If you have attended a Canadian institute, the Transfer Credit office will contact you if outlines are required
You may submit paper copies to the Admissions Office at 105 Administration Pl., Saskatoon SK  S7N 5A2  Canada, or electronic copies of the following (clearly labeled with the course name and number) to admissions@usask.ca. You must also indicate if you need your paper copies returned, in which case the Admissions Office will inform you when and where your materials are available for your pickup.

Finding Your Results

In order for you to view the results of your transfer credit evaluation all official documents as indicated by admissions or on your Application Summary must be received.

  1. Log into PAWS
    Information on how to log into PAWS can be found in your admission letter
  2. Select the Academics Tab
  3. Select View Unofficial Transcript in the Grades and Transcripts channel

If you do not see a Grades and Transcripts channel, you will need to add this channel; tutorials are available. If an evaluation is required, transfer credit is a two-step process. First, the Transfer Credit Office performs the evaluation of courses and coordinates reviews with departments if necessary. Once the evaluation is complete, the college you are admitted to looks at the evaluation to determine how and if the credit granted will be used in your current degree program.

Once viewing your transfer credit results you should contact your academic advisor to determine which and how many transfer credits will be applicable to your particular program of study.

Credit is assigned in a general subject area where there is no exact equivalent. If you have received or expect to receive transfer credit it is important that you do not register in courses that duplicate (either fully or partially) your prior studies. You will not be able to register in upper year courses that require a pre-requisite until your transfer credit evaluation is completed.

Terms Used

Term Explanation
JR Junior level—introductory level course
SR Senior level—an upper-year course with prerequisite(s)
UNSP Unspecified level. The course does not clearly correspond to University of Saskatchewan junior or senior levels
XAR Arts & Science credit
XHUM Humanities credit
XLAN Credit for a university-level Language course
XNCR No transfer credit is awarded for the failed transferable course
XNSC Natural Science credit
XSSC Social Science credit

How Grades are Listed

The University of Saskatchewan honours the grades of the sending institution.

  • All transfer grades will be listed as TR.
  • Your grades assigned by the sending institution will not appear on your official University of Saskatchewan transcript, but the fact that you received transfer credit will. 
  • Your transfer credit evaluation will record all attempts at a transferable course, and transfer credit will be assigned at the first instance of a passing grade. Failed transferable courses are listed, although no credit is assigned. If you failed a transferable class, XNCR 000 will be indicated.
  • If you are a U of S outgoing exchange student, received grades will be will be converted (if necessary) and listed as percentages.

Appealing a Transfer Credit Decision

Following an appointment with your academic advisor you may wish to appeal a transfer credit decision. You can appeal a transfer credit decision by completing an Appeal of Transfer Credit Decision form and forward it to the Admissions Office.

Along with the appeal form, if you have never submitted a course outline for the course you are appealing, this must be included to prove that an adjustment of credit is merited.

If you have previously submitted the outline, and a review was completed, and you are now appealing, you must provide additional evidence not previously submitted, to prove that an adjustment of credit is merited (eg. examination papers, course notes, etc).


Credit for Course Challenges

If you successfully challenge a course for credit at another institution, the U of S will accept the transfer credit if the sending institution is properly accredited and the course transfers to the U of S.

Letters of Permission for Current U of S Students

If you are already a student at the University of Saskatchewan and plan to take courses at another post-secondary institution, you should ask your College to provide you with a Letter of Permission.

A Letter of Permission is a letter issued by your college to another post-secondary institution which confirms that you are a student in good standing at this university, and that you have the College's permission to enrol in university-level courses at the receiving institution for credit back to the University of Saskatchewan. This letter will list the courses in which you may enrol as a visiting student at the receiving institution. Your copy of the letter is your assurance that these courses are applicable to your program at the University of Saskatchewan.

You may be eligible for a U of S Transfer Scholarship.