Top 10 tips for a smooth transfer to UNBC

1: Make sure you apply to UNBC – do you have questions before you apply?

Contact or visit the Future Students website. Our UNBC Recruitment team is happy to answer questions and help you apply to your desired program.

2: Once you have been admitted and have received your transfer credit summary, contact a Student Advisor. 

A Student Advisor can help you understand how your transfer credits will be applied towards your UNBC program. They can provide you with resources and guide you through the process of transferring to UNBC.

3: Read through the details of your pathway document carefully.

We include many details in your pathway or agreement document about multiple aspects of the transfer process. If you have a question, please email

4: Use the BC Transfer Guide.

In conjunction with your Pathway document, we highly recommend using the BC Transfer Guide to explore how your previous post-secondary courses might transfer to UNBC.

5: Familiarize yourself with the Academic Calendar.

When admitted to UNBC, you are following the program requirements of the Academic Calendar of your admit year. For example, if you are admitted for September 2022, you will be following the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar throughout the entirety of your undergraduate degree. Please ensure you are not simply "Googling" your program requirements and are using the appropriate Academic Calendar.  To learn more, contact a Student Advisor.

6: Hold onto your previous institution's course outlines.

It's very possible that you have taken a course that needs to be reviewed. If this is the case, we may ask for course outlines in order to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information. Additionally, if you receive an 'UNSP' credit (a course that has never been reviewed), you can submit your course outlines to

7: Understand the terminology regarding transfer credits.

Not sure what 'UNSP' means? Confused by the course numbering assigned to your transfer credit (ie. 2XX)? Be sure to go over the transfer credit definitions to learn more about your transfer credits.

8: Be patient.

Great things take time. Similarly, it can take up to 6 weeks for courses to be articulated once you have submitted course outlines. Our Faculty members need time to review these outlines and ensure you are getting the correct transfer credit. 

9. Understand your degree evaluation.

Your degree evaluation is available once course registration opens for your first semester at UNBC. Your degree evaluation organizes your course work for you, shows you how your transfer credits are being used, and helps you track your progress toward graduation.

10: Find out how many courses you have remaining to complete a bachelor's degree.

Completing a two-year diploma program does not automatically mean you will have two years remaining to complete bachelor's degree. Remaining coursework is very subjective as each transfer student might have taken different courses. This means that it is possible you have to take first-year courses at UNBC. For a smooth transfer into the program, we highly recommend completing any courses listed under the 'Recommended Courses' section of the pathway if applicable. Contact a Student Advisor for more information.

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