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Universities


Transfer is the ability of a student to be able to move from one institution to another and have previous equivalent course work recognized for credit. Its primary purpose is to facilitate access, flexibility and efficiency for students moving between institutions.

The British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) was established in 1989 with a mandate to facilitate admission, articulation, and transfer arrangements among British Columbia's public and private postsecondary institutions. Specifically, the council encourages institutions to develop policies that facilitate student mobility and transferability of postsecondary courses and block credit so that credit granted at one institution can be applied toward credentials at other institutions.

There are 36 public and private B.C. post-secondary institutions that are members of the B.C. transfer system, as well as Yukon College and Athabasca University. They establish formal transfer agreements for courses and programs where there is high demand and affinity. All these guaranteed credit equivalencies are recorded in the B.C. Transfer Guide. BCCAT has also developed a policy with the Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfers to include Alberta universities within the BC transfer system.

All public and a large number of private institutions also establish informal transfer on a case-by-case, or student-by-student basis. These agreements are managed privately by each institution and are not directly overseen by BCCAT.

As of March 31, 2013, there were over 92,000 course transfer, 900 block transfer, and 50 degree partnership agreements in the B.C. transfer system, providing diverse educational pathway opportunities for students. BCCAT also produces Education Planner, an educational planning resource available to the public free of charge. Its primary purpose is to provide clear, reliable, and detailed information about post-secondary programs available in BC, allowing students to search over 2100 undergraduate programs offered by BC universities, colleges, and institutes at one time and compare program details, such as admission requirements, tuition fees, and application deadlines.


Colleges and Institutes


Transfer is the ability of a student to be able to move from one institution to another and have previous equivalent course work recognized for credit. Its primary purpose is to facilitate access, flexibility and efficiency for students moving between institutions.

The British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) was established in 1989 with a mandate to facilitate admission, articulation, and transfer arrangements among British Columbia's public and private postsecondary institutions. Specifically, the council encourages institutions to develop policies that facilitate student mobility and transferability of postsecondary courses and block credit so that credit granted at one institution can be applied toward credentials at other institutions.

There are 36 public and private B.C. post-secondary institutions that are members of the B.C. transfer system, as well as Yukon College and Athabasca University. They establish formal transfer agreements for courses and programs where there is high demand and affinity. All these guaranteed credit equivalencies are recorded in the B.C. Transfer Guide. BCCAT has also developed a policy with the Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfers to include Alberta universities within the BC transfer system.

All public and a large number of private institutions also establish informal transfer on a case-by-case, or student-by-student basis. These agreements are managed privately by each institution and are not directly overseen by BCCAT.

As of March 31, 2013, there were over 92,000 course transfer, 900 block transfer, and 50 guaranteed admissions degree partnership agreements in the B.C. transfer system, providing diverse educational pathway opportunities for students.

BCCAT also produces Education Planner, an educational planning resource available to the public free of charge. Its primary purpose is to provide clear, reliable, and detailed information about post-secondary programs available in BC, allowing students to search over 2100 undergraduate programs offered by BC universities, colleges, and institutes at one time and compare program details, such as admission requirements, tuition fees, and application deadlines.


Private Degree-Granting Institutions


Currently, a few private postsecondary institutions in British Columbia offer academic courses and/or programs that are transferable to public universities, within the transfer principles and definitions established by BCCAT. As well, most private degree granting institutions are program members of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfers (BCCAT) and accept credits from other institutions that are part of the transfer guide. Information on credit transfer is the responsibility of BCCAT and is provided in the B.C. Transfer Guide.




Comprehensive review of this information: January 2019