Discover your transfer options and make every credit count.
Like many institutions, CBU recognizes education completed at other post-secondary institutions, or earned in a workplace setting. Students who have been successfully admitted to CBU and who already have some education behind them can apply for transfer credit. Transfer credit is awarded for any course a student has successfully taken that is a good match with a course offered by CBU. Students can then use these credits to fulfil up to 50% of the requirements for their CBU degree.
Before You Transfer
Information to plan ahead, get admitted, and transfer your credit.
CBU welcomes all students, past and current, with an interest in continuing their education at CBU. All external credit arrangements are administered by the Enrolment Services Office, in consultation with the dean and the appropriate department. All Transfer students must first apply to CBU.
What to Know Before You Transfer
Any Transfer applicant must be in good academic standing at their current institution if they wish to transfer to CBU. This means that they cannot be on academic dismissal or academic suspension. Individual program admission requirements must be met.
Any Transfer applicant must list all previous post-secondary institutions attended on the application for admission even where no transfer credit is sought.
The Transfer applicant must submit official post-secondary transcripts (this required to apply to CBU).
The Transfer applicant must supply a secondary school transcript if the equivalent subject requirements were not completed during post-secondary studies.
It will take 2-8 weeks to process an application for transfer credit. Transfer credits are not activated until registration, and applications received after August 1, cannot be guaranteed for processing for September registration.
Transfer credits are not activated until registration, and applications received after August 1, cannot be guaranteed for processing for September registration.
Transferring to CBU
Your next steps.
All Transfer students must fill out the Transfer Credit Assessment form and pay the $52 fee.
All Transfer students must also provide course descriptions for courses you want considered for transfer. Where documents are not originally in English, the student will provide notarized translations. These documents can be emailed to email@example.com.
Cape Breton University’s Residency Policy requires that at least 50% of any program’s requirements be completed at CBU. Both on-campus and online courses (or a combination of the two) can be used to meet this Residency Requirement.
Applicants applying to CBU are eligible to receive up to a maximum of 50% of their program’s requirements (some exceptions apply) through credit awarded for learning experiences external to the university.
All first-year and second-year credit courses offered at all other Canadian universities will be accepted for credit at CBU, with the following limitations:
A minimum of 50% of the courses must be completed at CBU in a degree, diploma or certificate program, unless stated otherwise in the program descriptions.
Credit transfer is distinct from admission and decisions with regard to admission to remain the prerogative of CBU.
The specific program requirements of CBU must be met. An otherwise acceptable transfer credit may not be usable in a particular program of study.
Students must also meet any requirements with regard to grades. External credits will be treated identically with those of CBU students who move from one program to another within the institution. If a grade of 60% is required in a CBU prerequisite course, for example, then a 60% grade will also be required in a transfer course. A dean, in consultation with the registrar and the department, may approve courses beyond the first and second year levels for credit transfer in degree, diploma and certificate programs, bearing in mind that at least 50% of courses must be completed at CBU.
You can apply for a Prior Learning Assessment. PLAs are an option for students who feel that their experience and/or training earned outside of a post-secondary institution is equivalent to a course needed for their CBU degree. Students requesting a PLA should first submit a Transfer Credit Assessment form, in addition to a PLA form.
If you are studying for a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Program (BACS) degree, students should review the below information:
Internal transfer credits are used by historical CBU students who previously graduated and have courses on their historical transcripts that are no longer offered or available at CBU. These students can apply to have their previous credits assessed against available courses, potentially adding credits to a new degree. All internal credit arrangements are administered by the academic schools, in consultation with the Enrolment Services Office. Please fill out the Transfer Credit Assessment form to begin the process. You will not be required to pay the $52 fee.
Transferring to CBU Checklist
Please make sure you've completed each step in the Transfer process.
1.) Apply to CBU and pay the associated fee.
2.) Send official post-secondary transcripts to CBU (required to apply).
3.) Fill out the Transfer Credit Assessment form and pay the $52 fee.
4.) Provide course descriptions for courses you want considered for transfer credit. Where documents are not originally in English, the student will provide notarized translations.