Course Descriptions

Detailed course outlines should include an overall course description, detailed list of topics covered, list of textbooks used, grading practices, number of weeks in attendance (excluding examination period), and number of lecture, tutorial, and laboratory hours.

This is an example of a detailed course outline.

How do I submit course outlines from my former institution?

  • fax or mail a copy to York University – Office of Admissions
  • upload on MyFile in the Supporting Documents section

Why do I need to send you institutionally prepared course outlines?

If you have studied at a recognized college or university, you must provide detailed course outlines prepared by your former institution so that your courses can be evaluated for course credit exclusions.

We need to be able to determine the academic content of your studies. Only by seeing the course outlines can we determine what transfer credit you are eligible for. 

Can I write the course outlines myself?

No. They must be institutionally prepared (see description above).

My school does not provide course outlines. What should I do?

Without institutionally prepared course outlines, no course credit exclusions can be granted.

My course outlines are in another language. What should I do?

Translate them into English yourself and submit both the original language and the English version.

Are course descriptions required from studies completed in any of the following programs: International Baccalaureate, Baccalauréat Français, Advanced level General Certificate of Education (GCE), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) or Advanced Placement (AP)?

No, we don't need course descriptions in these cases.

I don't want any transfer credit for previous postsecondary studies. Can I start as a new first-year student?

No. You must declare all previous postsecondary studies on your application for admission. We need this information in order to make an admission decision. As well, we need to know about your previous studies when we consider you for transfer credit.

Failure to report previous postsecondary studies is a serious breach of academic honesty and may result in the cancellation of your application or registration at York.