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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 - Business Certificate Program

Under an agreement, students who have completed the Business Certificate program at SIAST are eligible for 30 units of transfer credit upon transfer into the second-year Business Economics program 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.

Transfer credit will be assessed and applied to your U of S student record if:

  • you are a newly admitted or continuing U of S student
  • you arrange for a final, official transcript to be sent directly to the U of S by the post-secondary institution(s) you attended previously. 
    Transcripts sent by email, delivered in person or mailed by the applicant will not be considered official.
  • you are able to provide course outlines for each of your previously completed courses, if required

Due to high volume of transfer credit evaluations we conduct for our applicants and continuing students, preliminary transfer credit evaluations for prospective students cannot be completed. Please refer to the Course Equivalents tab to find a listing of commonly accepted transferable courses.

New U of S Applicants

We will complete a transfer credit evaluation as part of the admission process. All applicants who have completed previous post-secondary courses must arrange for an official transcript to be sent directly to the U of S by each issuing institution. Transcripts sent by email, delivered in person or mailed by the applicant will not be considered official.

If you are applying for admission while still enrolled in courses at another institution, we may be able to consider you for conditional admission using a preliminary transcript, which you may send to us by email or have sent directly from your institution. However, your transfer credit will only be assessed and applied to your U of S student record after your final, official transcript has been received.

Course Outlines

If you have attended a post-secondary instutition in Canada, the Transfer Credit Office will contact you if course outlines or additional information is required to assess potential transfer credit.

If you have attended a post-secondary institution outside of Canada, all of the following information is required to allow us to determine whether your previously completed courses may be transferable:

  • Course syllabus
    This should include your course outline broken down by weeks, not just the calendar description of the course. Except for language courses, syllabi must be translated into English. Each syllabus must have some indication of which university of college it is from. If the detailed course information is available from the institution's 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 (example: English 110.6)
  • Number of hours of lecture and lab
  • Any details regarding lab course work
  • Number of credit units earned
  • List of textbooks and reference materials used, including the name and edition of each publication
  • Name of sending institution and instructor
  • Grading system (example: assignments 40%, midterm exam 20%, final exam 40%)
  • Grading scale (ie. 50%, 4-point scale)

Paper copies of your course outlines may be mailed to:

Recruitment, Admissions and Transfer Credit
University of Saskatchewan
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon SK  S7N 5A2 
Canada

Please indicate whether you need your paper copies to be returned; we will inform you by email when your materials are available to be picked up.

Electronic copies may be sent by email to admissions@usask.ca. Remember that Word documents of course outlines will not be accepted. Please ensure that each outline is clearly labeled with the course name and number.

Continuing Students

If you choose to complete classes through another post-secondary institution to be applied toward your U of S degree, you must arrange for an official transcript to be sent directly to the Transfer Credit Office by the institution at which you completed courses. Transcripts sent by email or fax, delivered in person or mailed by students will not be considered official.

After your transfer credit has been assessed, it will be applied to your U of S student record and you will be able to see it through the My Final Grades channel in PAWS.

You should contact an academic advisor in your college to discuss how your transfer credit may be used, as well as to discuss future course selection.

Finding your results

Remember that you will only be able to view the results of your transfer credit evaluation once your final, offical transcript(s) and any other documents required by the Transfer Credit Office or indicated in your your Application Summary have been received and reviewed.

To find your transfer credit results:

  1. Log into PAWS
  2. Select Academics in your PAWS menu
  3. Open the My Final Grades channel
  4. Select Final grades for all terms (unofficial transcript)

Note: Only admitted and continuing students are able to access the My Final Grades in PAWS.

Understanding your results

Transfer credit evaluation is a two-step process. First, the Transfer Credit Office will evaluate your courses and may coordinate course reviews with colleges and departments, if necessary. Then, once the evaluation is complete, your college will determine how (or if) the credit granted may be applied toward your current program of study.

You should contact an academic advisor in your college to discuss how your transfer credit may be used, as well as to discuss future course selection.

Some important notes about your transfer credit results and course registration:

  • 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.

General credit may be granted if there is no exact equivalent at the U of S for one of your previously completed courses. See the table below to find common general transfer credit abbreviations.

TermExplanation
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 your grades are listed

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

  • Grades for your transferable courses will be listed as TR on your U of S transcript.
  • 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 be shown. 
  • 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 forwarding it to the Transfer Credit Office.

Along with the appeal form, if you have never submitted a course outline for the course you are appealing, you should provide as much information about the course as you can, such as a detailed course syllabus, textbook reading list, etc. 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 have successfully challenged 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.

Following completion of courses at another post-secondary institution, you must arrange for an official transcript to be sent directly to the Transfer Credit Office for evaluation in order for your credit to be applied to your U of S student record. Transcripts sent by email or fax, delivered in person or mailed by students will not be considered official.

Transfer students may be eligible to receive a Transfer Scholarship if minimum transfer credit and average requirements are met.