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Transfer Credit

If you have previous education or training, you may be eligible for credit toward your TRU program. Credit can be awarded in several ways at TRU.

A recognized institution is an institution that is granted the authority by a Ministry of Post Secondary Education and Future Skills or similar government body to award credentials.

  • If you have prior vocational training, contact TRU’s School of Trades and Technology for further information
  • If you are a TRU student who wishes to study abroad for a semester or more during your TRU program, contact Study Abroad for more information
  • If you are applying to TRU under a partnership agreement, refer to the appropriate TRU department for domestic or international agreements
  • If you have work experience or other types of training, you may be eligible for PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) credit. See PLAR for more information.
  • If you have attended a recognized post-secondary institution, you may be awarded transfer credit at TRU
Transfer Credit Checklist

Official transcripts from all prior post-secondary institutions you have attended should be sent to TRU Admissions directly by the issuing institution. Transcripts with courses in progress will be accepted but incomplete courses will not be added to your TRU student record until a final transcript is received. Please remember to order another copy when final grades are available so that your TRU record can be updated. For transcripts in a language other than English or French, please provide a translation.

What is transfer credit and why request it?

If you have completed courses at another recognized post-secondary institution, you may be able to transfer those courses to TRU, thus avoiding duplication of course work and extra expense for your education.

Transfer credit will be granted for eligible courses as closely as possible to specific TRU courses. When an exact TRU equivalent does not exist, unspecified transfer credit in the relevant subject area may be granted instead.

Courses successfully completed at institutions in the BC Transfer System will be granted transfer credit in accordance with equivalencies published in the BC Transfer Guide. Courses not listed in the Guide and courses completed at recognized institutions outside of the BC Transfer System will be assessed on a course-by-course basis.

All eligible prior courses will normally be awarded transfer credit. TRU faculty and program advisors will determine which of these courses will apply to your TRU program.

A course outline should contain:

  • Institution logo and name, the division/faculty/school, the year
  • Course code and title
  • Number of weeks duration and hours per week, including lab hours, if applicable
  • Credit value
  • Pre- and co-requisites, if applicable
  • Detailed description of the course content and the course objectives
  • A list of the topics covered in the course (may include a detailed list of assigned readings)
  • Assessment method and assignments
  • Textbooks and course materials
TIP: Outlines from when you took the courses are acceptable, even if you have made notes on them.

How do I apply for transfer credit?

To apply and become eligible for transfer credit assessment:

  • apply to a TRU program
  • submit your official transcripts

Once you apply, and submit your official transcripts, you will be automatically assessed for transfer credit.

Specific information for international students

What is required to receive a transfer credit assessment?

Once you apply to a TRU program and your official documents are received, your previous post-secondary education will be assessed for transfer credit.

If the courses you have taken have not been evaluated previously by TRU, you may be contacted by the transfer credit articulation team to provide detailed outlines for those courses. For course outlines in a language other than English or French, please provide certified translations.

Once your transfer credits have been processed, it is your responsibility to review them carefully in myTRU and follow up with your program advisor if you have any questions.

What is the deadline to expect completion of a transfer credit assessment?

The articulation team processes transfer credit evaluations as quickly as possible. A number of factors can cause delays. You can help by submitting all required documentation right away so that you and your program advisor will be able to make informed decisions regarding course selection and program planning. For courses beginning in September, your official transcripts and course outlines must be received by April 1 if you would like transfer credit on your student record before registration opens in June.


If official transcripts, credentials and other supporting documents have not been submitted by the end of your first term of study at TRU, your registration for subsequent semesters may be put on hold.

Other forms of transfer credit

If you are a new TRU applicant with International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) or Graduate Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level courses, see IB for more information.

If you are a current TRU student wishing to take a course elsewhere, you will need to consult with your program advisor and obtain a letter of permission (LOP) to ensure that the course will be recognized for transfer credit at TRU.

Still have questions?

Transfer Credit FAQs

If you still have questions, and you are not a TRU student yet, please phone 1-800-663-9711 or email

If you are currently a TRU student, please contact your academic advisor.

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