Are you eligible to transfer?
If you are currently attending a post -secondary institution and you have successfully completed high school you may apply to UBC as a transfer student. You need to meet the following to be eligible to apply.
1. Meet UBC’s minimum English Language Admission Standard (ELAS)
English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. There are nine ways to meet UBC’s English language admission requirement.
2. Show good academic standing
The minimum academic standing to qualify for admission to UBC is an admission average of C (60%, where 50% is a passing grade), or a 2.0 on a 4.0 point scale, typically on the most recent 30 credits attempted. Meeting this minimum entrance requirement does not guarantee admission, as entry into many degree programs is competitive and some require specific prerequisites.
You will need to submit:
- A grade summary or copy of your transcripts of your current post-secondary institution that shows all courses attempted and in progress.
- A grade summary or copy of your transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions you’ve attended, and final high school transcripts.
- If required, translations of transcripts and course descriptions.
UBC may review your entire record to ensure that your courses align with the requirements and expectations of your intended UBC degree program. Consistent academic performance and perseverance, progressive course sequencing with increasing rigour, and comparability with studies at UBC are among the factors that help demonstrate your suitability and readiness.
3. Have a minimum of 30 Credits
If you are a student transferring from within Canada the following information on credits will apply. If you are a student transferring from outside of Canada, please email us your questions about transfer credits.
- Second-year applicants should ideally present 30 credits and satisfy all promotion requirements for advancement to that year.
- Third-year applicants should ideally present 54–60 credits and satisfy all promotion requirements for advancement to that year. Some programs do not admit students at this year level.
- Applicants who apply with fewer than 24 credits will be evaluated on the basis of final secondary school grades and the partial post-secondary studies completed. If this applies to you, you should meet all your high school’s curriculum requirements in addition to meeting the GPA for admission with the post-secondary courses you completed. High school requirements differ depending on where you’re coming from.
The chart below will help you understand how UBC calculates your admission average based on post-secondary credits completed, including failed or repeated courses.
|Credits taken||How an admission average is calculated|
|0 to 6 credits||Admission average is based on your high school average only|
|7 to 23 credits||Admission is generally based on your high school average and post-secondary grade point average (GPA) calculated using all transferable credits taken|
|24 to 30 credits||Admission average is based on your post-secondary GPA calculated using all transferable credits taken|
|More than 30 credits||Admission average is based on your post-secondary GPA calculated with an emphasis on the most recent 30 transferable credits taken|
4. Meet the degree-specific transfer requirements
Students who meet the minimum credit requirements still need to satisfy the degree-specific promotional requirements for advancement to that year. Review the table below for the requirements needed for specific degrees.
5. Have the correct documents
Please check the UBC Applicant Service Centre for details on what documents you need to submit to UBC and how to submit them. To apply as a transfer student, you will need to submit an application form, your transcripts from current and previous post-secondary institutions, your high school transcripts and some programs may require supplemental materials.