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Steps to University Transfer

Universities, colleges, and institutes across Canada and around the world give transfer credit for North Island College programs and courses. If you work closely with advisors at both NIC and your destination institution, your transfer options are virtually limitless. The following steps will help you get started.

Understanding University Transfer

University Transfer means that you are taking courses at North Island College (sending institution) with the goal of transferring those courses for credit at another post-secondary institution (receiving institution). At NIC, your university transfer options include University Studies courses in over 20 subject areas, a one- or two-year study plan created with help from our advisors, as well as two-year diplomas and associate degrees.

As a university transfer student, you first need to clearly understand how university transfer works; your responsibilities, which include researching and meeting transfer requirements; grade point average; and deadlines of your chosen university or institution. Fortunately, you’ll also have help with the details. At NIC, educational advisors are available and happy to help any time you need it.

You can start today by browsing online:

Education Planner external link
Search programs, fields of study, locations, costs, admission requirements, program lengths, and much more at 28 of BC’s post-secondary institutions.

BC Transfer Guide external link
Search all your options from North Island College to anywhere else in the province. Find out how transfer credit works, which courses are equivalent, and more.

Meeting with an Educational Advisor

Not all NIC courses transfer directly to every university. You can save time and money by meeting with an educational advisor to select courses that are best suited to your educational goals. They can also help you investigate the transferability of NIC certificate and diploma programs. To meet with an educational advisor to discuss your educational goals, please contact your local NIC campus to make an in-person or telephone appointment.

Choosing transferable courses

Choosing the right university transfer courses can be tricky. Your decisions not only depend on your academic goals, but also on the unique transfer policies of your receiving institution.That's why meeting with an educational advisor is so important. They will help take the confusion out of course selection and ensure that you are on track with your chosen university

How to Search Courses:

  • Search NIC online. You can browse transferable courses at by checking the search only transferable courses" checkbox. This search will provide a list of NIC courses that transfer in part or in full to AT LEAST ONE other BC post-secondary institution. Each course description will also provide a BC Transfers link, which will show you the course transferability to any destination university in BC.
  • Browse the BC transfer guide. At external link, you can look up individual North Island College courses and see how they transfer to specific universities throughout the province.
  • Ask an educational advisor. Transferability of individual North Island College courses varies from institution to institution. Student advisors can help ensure that you have selected the right courses for your receiving institution.They can also help you investigate the transferability of NIC certificate and diploma programs
  • All associate degrees transfer. Anyone who has successfully completed an associate degree is guaranteed 60 credits at any university in BC even if the individual courses do not transfer directly to that particular institution.

Meeting the requirements

All post-secondary institutions have different admission requirements their programs. As a University Transfer student, it is important that you are aware of what is required by your receiving institution. Admission requirements can vary from a certain grade point average (GPA) requirement to volunteer experience. It is up to you to ensure you meet all of the entrance requirements for your program of choice.

Need help?

Talk to an educational advisor
T. 1-800-715-0914,