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Models of Block Transfer

The 2 + 2 Model

The receiving institution grants two full years of credit towards a four-year degree program, with no additional requirements. Students should be able to graduate in a total of four years. Two variations on this model are

  • the receiving institution accepts a two-year diploma for entry, provided that the diploma contains specified courses, or that specified standards or additional prerequisites (e.g. grade 12 Math) have been met; or,

  • the receiving institution accepts a two-year diploma for entry into a two-year degree completion program. Royal Roads University uses this model exclusively for some degrees. In those instances, the diploma is considered among criteria for admission.

Block transfer agreements are recorded in the program-specific transfer guide section of the BC Transfer Guide in this format:

Program

Receiver

Program

Credit

Conditions

College of New Caledonia Business Administration Diploma (Accounting and Finance)

Royal Roads University

B.Comm. in Entrepreneurial Management

2 years

Individual assessment

Douglas College Hotel Management Diploma

Capilano University

B. Tourism Management

Up to 60 credits

Minimum GPA 3.0

The Bridging Model

The receiving institution grants two full years of credit towards the degree. However, because it judges transferring students' background to be deficient in some areas, it specifies courses that must be taken before proceeding, or as soon as possible after being admitted into the receiving program. There are two variants on this model:

  • The bridging courses are taken in the first semester of the third year. Students should be able to graduate in a total of four years; or,

  • The bridging courses are taken in a summer semester or over an additional semester of study. Students should be able to graduate in a total of four and a half years.

The 2 + 3 Model

The receiving institution grants one year of credit for completion of a two-year diploma. Students can finish the degree in an additional three years after the diploma (a total of five years). In some cases, as in the example below, receiving institutions grant only a few credits for the completed diploma. In these cases it may take students up to six years to finish a degree.

Program

Receiver

Program

Credit

Conditions

BCIT Electronics Technology Diploma

UBC

B.A.Sc.

EECE 254, EECE 256, EECE 259

No credits in EECE 254/256 for grads of instrumentation option at BCIT.