This page shares commonly used transfer credit terms and their definitions.
AP, IB or A-levels exam results that meet the minimum requirements listed on the Undergraduate Programs and Admissions website are eligible for first-year credit. Official final exam results need to be sent by the examination boards for credit processing in late summer.
Courses from a recognized institution will be assessed as Specific Credit if matching a UBC course or as General Credit to meet non-major specific or elective degree requirements.
Courses that do not match a specific UBC course may be assigned General Credit in a same or similar subject, which may be used to meet non-major specific or elective degree requirements.
- Douglas College BIOL 1310 (3 credits) = UBC Vancouver BIOL 1st (3 credits)
- Langara College BUSM 1200 (3 credits) = UBCV COMM 2nd (3 credits)
Some General Credits are assigned using subject codes that do not match any UBC courses.
- ARTS 1st = General first-year Arts-related transfer credit
- ELEV 1st = General first-year Elective transfer credit
- SCIE 1st = General first-year Science-related transfer credit
- WRCM 1st = General first-year Writing/Composition transfer credit
General Credit with Exemption
Courses that do not match a specific UBC course, but have sufficient learning outcome, may be assigned General Credit with an Exemption for a specific UBC course.
Okanagan College ASTR 230 = UBC Vancouver ASTR 2nd (3), Exempt UBCV ASTR 311.
Students with General Credit with Exemption are considered to have completed the Exempted course.
Courses that overlap more than 80% with a specific UBC course are granted Specific Credit.
Specific transfer credit will be used as if the course was taken at UBC. Unless approved by your faculty, you should not register in the same course at UBC for which you have already received specific transfer credit, as you cannot receive credit twice.
Example: Langara College ECON 1220 (3 credits) = UBC Vancouver ECON 101 (3 credits)
Courses that have been evaluated and deemed not transferable to UBC, such as ESL, high school equivalents, pre-university, professional, applied, technical or other non-academic courses.