Advanced Standing

External Transfer

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.

External credit may be awarded through the following processes:

Transfer Credit Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Program who wish to apply for a Prior Learning Assessment for COMS1100, COMS2101, or COMS3101 must follow the guidelines available here:

COMS1100 – Introduction to Community Studies

COMS2101 – Work Experience Placement I

COMS3101 – Work Experience Placement II

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