Advanced Secondary and Other Pre-University Programs | Transfer Students

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At York, "advanced secondary studies" refer to standardized qualifications or studies that offer students an opportunity to study in an academically challenging program or courses to prepare them for postsecondary studies. Programs or courses completed with specific grades or averages are eligible for transfer credit. Some examples include Advanced Placement (AP) or the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Diploma.

General university guidelines:

  • Computer Science, Information Technology, Kinesiology and Bachelor of Commerce courses must be taken within the last 5 years to be considered for major, minor or pre-requisites credit towards a degree program. When courses are taken longer than 5 years ago, the transfer credit may be used only as elective credit.
  • Strict regulations set out by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) limit the amount of transfer credit granted for Engineering degree programs. Courses in engineering science and engineering design content must be completed at a degree-granting Canadian Institution accredited by CEAB. The maximum number of credits granted is 30.
  • Some programs require a course grade of ‘C’ or higher for the course to apply towards a major/minor or to satisfy a prerequisite.
  • The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) courses are recognized towards certification in a number of professional programs, but not all professional accredited courses completed at other post-secondary institutions are eligible for a course credit exclusion towards a major, minor or pre-requisite credits in a degree program. Courses not granted a course credit exclusion may be used as elective credits.
The French Baccalaureate (France)

A maximum of 30 credits (5 full term courses) maybe awarded for completion of the French Baccalaureate Diploma in series S (scientifique), L (littéraire), or ES (économique et sociale) with a minimum average of 10/20 (mention passable). Most academic courses with a passed grade of 12 or better qualify for credit.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) Diploma
  • A maximum of 18 (3 full term courses) transfer credits maybe awarded for completion of the CAPE Diploma.
  • Most 2-unit academic courses with grades of 1, 2 or 3, in examinations qualify for credit. (Cannot combine two 1-unit courses).
  • Can be used to fulfil General Education requirements.

CAPE Exemptions and Credits

This exemption and credit information is to be used as a guide. Missing courses does not necessarily indicate transfer credit will not be granted. Transfer credit is assessed based each student's academic program.

Course York exemptions and credit granted
Accounting and Management of Business 3 Credits
Applied Mathematics No Credit
Art & Design No Credit
Biology BIOL 1000 3.0, 1001 3.0
Chemistry CHEM 1000 3.0, 1001 3.0
Computer Science No Credit
Digital Media 3 Credits
Economics ECON 1000 3.0, 1010 3.0
Environmental Science 3 Credits
French FR 1XXX 6.0
Geography 3 Credits
Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering No Credit
History HIST 1XXX 6.0
Information Technology 3 Credits
Law 3 Credits
Literature in English 3 Credits
Management of Business elective credits (6)
Mathematics SC MATH 1505 6.0
Performing Arts 3 Credits
Physical Education and Sport  3 Credits
Physics PHYS 1410 6.0
Pure Mathematics No Credit
Sociology SOCI 1010 6.0
Spanish SP 1000 6.0
College Board Advanced Placement (AP)

A maximum of 30 credits (5 full term courses) may be awarded for most courses with a final result of 4 or 5.

This exemption and credit information is to be used as a guide. Missing courses does not necessarily indicate transfer credit will not be granted.  Transfer credit is assessed based on each student's academic program.

AP Exemptions and Credits

Course York exemptions and credit granted
2-D Art and Design FA VISA 1*** 3.0 (Studio)
Art History FA ARTH 1*** 3.0
Art Studio (Drawing) FA VISA 2081 3.0 + VISA 2XXX 3.0
Art Studio FA VISA 2XXX 6.0
Biology SC BIOL 1000 3.0 + 1001 3.0
Calculus AB MATH 1013 3.0 + 3 Credits
Calculus BC MATH 1014 3.0 + 3 credits
Chemistry SC CHEM 1000 3.0 + SC CHEM 1001 3.0
Chinese Language and Culture No Credit
Computer Science A SC/EECS 1021 3.0
Computer Science Principles SC/EECS 1012 3.0
Economics Micro AP ECON 1000 3.0
Economics Macro AP ECON 1010 3.0
Economics AP ECON 1000 3.0 + ECON 1010 3.0
English Language and Composition 3 Credits
English Literature and Composition 3 Credits
Environmental Science ES/ENVS 1500 3.0
European History 6 Credits
French Language No Credit
French Literature No Credit
German Language No Credit
Government & Politics - Comparative AP POLS 2XXX 6.0
Government & Politics – U.S. AP POLS 2950 6.0
History of Art 6 Credits
Human Geography No Credit
International English Language No Credit
Italian Language & Culture No Credit
Japanese Language & Culture No Credit
Latin Literature 6 Credits
Latin: Vergil AP LA 2XXX 6.0
Music Theory No Credit
Music Theory – Aural Sub score No Credit
Music Theory – Non Aural Sub score No Credit
Physics 1 3 Credits
Physics 2 3 Credits
Physics B SC PHYS 1410 6.0 or SC PHYS 1010 6.0
Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism 3 Credits
Physics C – Mechanics 3 Credits
Psychology (3Cr) HH/PSYC 1010 3.0
Spanish Language No Credit
Spanish Literature 6 Credits
Statistics MATH 1131 3.0
United States History 6 Credits
World History 6 Credits
General Certificate of Education (GCE) – A levels
  • Credit given for A Level courses completed with a C or better.
  • Maximum: 18 Credits.
  • Can be used to fulfil General Education requirements.
  • Advanced Supplementary (AS) = 3 Credits.
  • Maximum 2 AS courses may be used (6 Credits).
  • Advanced Subsidiary courses are NOT eligible for transfer credit consideration.

GCE Exemptions and Credits

This exemption and credit information is to be used as a guide.  Missing courses does not necessarily indicate transfer credit will not be granted. Transfer credit is assessed based on each student’s academic program.

GCE Advanced Level Examination York University Equivalent/Exclusion
Accounting 3 Credits
Anthropology 3 Credits
Applied Business

No credit

Applied information and Communication Technology EECS 1520 3.0, Not ITEC
Arabic No credit
Art FA/VISA 1*** 3.0
Art and Design FA/VISA 1*** 3.0
Art History 3 Credits
Biology SC/BIOL 1000 3.0, 1001 3.0
Business Studies 3 Credits
Business and Economics 6 Credits
Chemistry SC/CHEM 1000 3.0, 1001 3.0
Chinese 3 Credits
Chinese History 3 Credits
Classical Arabic 3 Credits
Classical Civilization 3 Credits
Classical Studies 3 Credits
Classics 3 Credits
Computer Science/Computer Studies /Computing 3 Credits
Design and Technology No credit
Drama/Drama and Theatre Studies 3 Credits
Dress and Textiles No Credit
Economics No Credit
Economics and Public Affairs 6 Credits
Electronics No credit
English 3 Credits
English General No credit
English Language 3 Credits
English Language and Literature 3 Credits
Film Studies FA/FILM 1400 3.0
Food Studies No Credit
French AP/FR 1*** 3.0
Further Mathematics No credit
General Studies No credit
Geography AP/GEOR 1*** 3.0
Geology 6 Credits
German AP/GER 1*** 3.0
Government and Politics 3 Credits
Graphical Communication No Credit
Health and Social Care 3 Credits
Hindi 6 Credits
Hinduism 6 Credits
History 3 Credits
Home Economics No credit
Human Biology SC/BIOL 1*** 6.0
Information & Communication Tech 3 Credits
Italian AP/IT 1*** 3.0
Latin 3 Credits
Law 3 Credits
Leisure Studies 3 Credits
Liberal Studies 3 Credits
Marine Science 6 Credits
Mathematics No Credit
Mathematics – Applied No credit
Mathematics and Statistics No credit
Mathematics – Pure/Core No credit
Media Studies No credit
Modern Greek No credit
Modern Hebrew No credit
Music FA/MUSI 1*** 6.0
Music Theory No credit
Persian No credit
Philosophy 3 Credits
Physical Education No credit
Physical Sciences 6 Credits
Physics SC/PHYS 1410 6.0
Psychology HH/PSYC 1010 3.0
Religious Studies 3 Credits
Russian Language 3 Credits
Social Biology 6 Credits
Sociology AP/ SOCI 1010 6.0
Spanish AP/SP 1000 3.0
Statistics SC/MATH 1*** 6.0
Thinking Skills No credit
Travel and Tourism No credit
Urdu 3 Credits
Visual Arts FA/VISA 1*** 3.0
Zoology SC/BIOL 1*** 6.0
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

A maximum of 30 credits may be awarded for most Higher Level IB courses with grades of 5 or better.

IB Exemptions and Credits

This exemption and credit information is to be used as a guide.  Missing courses does not necessarily indicate transfer credit will not be granted.  Transfer credit is assessed based each student’s academic program.

Course York exemptions and credit granted
Arabic A: Language and Literature 6 Credits
Arabic A: Literature 6 Credits
Arabic A1 6 Credits
Arabic A2 6 Credits
Arabic B No Credit
Bengali A: Literature 6 Credits
Biology SC/BIOL 1000, 3.0, 1001 3.0
Business and Management No Credit
Cantonese B No Credit
Chemistry SC/CHEM 1000 3.0, 1001 3.0
Chinese A: Language and Literature 6 Credits
Chinese A: literature 6 Credits
Chinese A1 6 Credits
Chinese A2 6 Credits
Chinese B No Credit
Chinese B – Cantonese No Credit
Chinese B – Mandarin No Credit
Classical Greek 6 Credits
Computer Science SC/EECS 1530 3.0, 1*** 3.0
Computer Science AP/ITECH 1620 3.0, 2620 3.0
Chemistry SC CHEM 1000 3.0 + 1001 3.0
Dance No Credit
Danish B No Credit
Design Technology No Credit
Dutch A: Language and Literature 6 Credits
Dutch A: Literature 6 Credits
Dutch A1 6 Credits
Dutch A2 6 Credits
Dutch B No Credit
Economics AP/ECON 1000 3.0, 1010 3.0
English A Language and Literature 6 Credits
English A Literature AP/EN 1001 3.0, 1002 3.0
English A1 6 Credits
English A2 6 Credits
English B No Credit
Film FA/FILM 1701 3.0, 1900 3.0
French A: Language and Literature 6 Credits
French A: Literature 6 Credist
French A1 6 Credits
French A2 6 Credits
French B No Credit
Further Mathematics No Credit
Geography AP/GEOG 1410 6.0
German A: Language and Literature 6 Credits
German A: Literature 6 Credits
German A1 6 Credits
German A2 6 Credits
German B No Credit
Global Politics 6 Credits
Hindi B No Credit
History AP/HIST 1010 6.0
History – Africa 6 Credits
History – Americas 6 Credits
History – Asia/Middle East 6 Credits
History – Asia/Oceania 6 Credits
History – Europe 6 Credits
History – Europe/Middle East 6 Credits
Indonesian A: Literature 6 Credits
Information Technology SC/EECS 1520 3.0
Information Technology AP/ITEC 1010 3.0
Islamic History 6 Credits
Italian B No Credit
Japanese A: Language and Literature 6 Credits
Japanese A: Literature 6 Credits
Japanese A1 6 Credits
Japanese A2 6 Credits
Japanese B No Credit
Korean A: Literature 6 Credits
Korean A1 6 Credits
Korean B No Credit
Latin 6 Credits
Macedonian A1 No Credit
Mandarin B No Credit
Mathematics SC/MATH 1300 3.0, 2560 3.0
Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations SC/MATH 1025 3.0
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SC/MATH 1013 3.0
Modern Greek A: Literature 6 Credits
Modern Greek A1 6 Credits
Music 6 Credits
Norwegian A1 6 Credits
Persian A: Literature 6 Credits
Persian A1 6 Credits
Philosophy AP/PHIL 1000 3.0
Physics SC/PHYS 1410 6.0
Portuguese A1 6 Credits
Portuguese B No Credit
Psychology HH/PSYC 1010 3.0
Romanian A: Literature No Credit
Romanian A1 No Credit
Russian A: Literature 6 Credits
Russian A1 6 Credits
Social and Cultural Anthropology AP/ANTH 1120 6.0
Spanish A: Language and Literature AP/SP 1000 6.0
Spanish A: Literature 6 Credits
Spanish A1 6 Credits
Spanish A2 6 Credits
Spanish B No Credit
Theatre 6 Credits
Theatre Arts 6 Credits
Turkish A: Literature 6 Credits
Turkish A1 6 Credits
Visual Arts 6 Credits
CEGEP (Quebec)

A minimum 70% OVGPA is required to be eligible for transfer credit. A maximum of 30 credits (5 full year courses) may be awarded for completion of the DEC.  If the DEC has not been completed, credit may be awarded for courses taken beyond the first 12 academic courses with grades of 60% or better when an overall average is 70% or better.

York University Pre-U Academic Bridging Courses

Students are eligible to receive 3.00 credits towards select Bachelor of Arts programs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for completion of an Admissions Credential Course with a minimum grade of B. Find out more about Pre-U Academic Bridging Courses.

Find more information about admission requirements.

As soon as you are offered admission to York, the Office of Admissions will begin assessing your previous postsecondary studies for transfer credit eligibility. Wait times for transfer assessment completion vary depending on the time of year. The earlier you accept your offer, the earlier you will receive your transfer credit statement.

The transfer process is divided into:

Credit Assessment

The Office of Admissions determines the amount of transfer credit you are eligible to receive based on the following factors:

To complete the credit assessment, students must provide Official Transcript(s) either by uploading a copy through MyFile or by having a copy mailed directly to the Office of Admissions.

Course Assessment

After the credit assessment is complete, the Office of Admissions thoroughly reviews previous course(s) for content overlap with your existing program's degree requirements. When significant overlap between courses is identified, the studies are granted course credit exclusion(s) and/or course waiver status. Identified courses do not need to be retaken at York and they reduce your remaining degree requirements. In order to facilitate course review, students are required to submit course outline(s) for assessment of academic content, rigor and materials covered.

Acceptable Course Outlines

Course descriptions/syllabi/course outlines must represent the timeframe you took the course. Copies of detailed courses outlines/syllabi are the preferred choice. These can be uploaded via MyFile, faxed or mailed directly from your former school.

Here is an example of an acceptable course outline for submission.

For Canadian Institutions Only

The following formats may help if the summary is sufficiently in-depth for content review:

  • an undergraduate calendar/catalogue from the university or college you attended;
  • a photocopy of the relevant calendar/catalogue pages (it must be clear that the photocopy is from the calendar/catalogue; therefore, include a copy of the cover);
  • actual printed pages from your former school's website;
  • a faxed copy of any of the above;

Transfer Credit Statement

This assessment outlines the amount of transfer credit from your prior studies applicable to the academic program at York University to which you have been admitted. All assessments are conditional upon receipt of a final official transcript for each previous postsecondary institution you have attended. If you are in the process of finishing your studies and have not yet been issued a final transcript, you may submit your official final transcript upon completion of your previous studies.

Grades achieved in postsecondary course(s) accepted by York University for transfer credit will not affect your academic average at York. If you repeat course exclusions granted from previous studies, it will result in a reduction of your transfer credit.

Printable transfer credit statements are made available on MyFile in time for enrolment. Current students can access their transfer credit statement via the Office of the Registrar.

Credit Re-Evaluation

You may request a re-evaluation. Note that credit re-evaluation will only occur if/when new information that was not available at the time of your initial assessment is required.

New information may include a detailed course description, updated transcript(s) or a change in your academic program at York University.

Request a Transfer Credit Reassessment

In accordance with Eligibility for Transfer Credit guidelines outlined in the York University Calendar (please select year of admission), you have one academic term from the date of admission or re-admission to York University to submit documentation (including detailed course outlines) for re-evaluation of transfer credit.

Application Status

Check the status of your application to find out if your transfer credit assessment is complete.

Accept Your Offer

Once you accept your offer, book an academic advising appointment to begin the enrolment process.


Join Transfer Connect

If you have completed or are currently awaiting the credit and course assessment, we encourage students to join Transfer Connect - a community just for transfer students and a place where you can ask questions about your transfer to York in a group chat or one-on-one chat. You can also find out more information about specialized resources offered to York transfer students.

Transfer Connect is available to students admitted to the University for whom we have begun the transfer credit assessment process. You'll receive a personalized email invitation to join the online community.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you require further information about the transfer process, please use Ask an Admissions Expert.