Transfer Options FAQs
What is a Transfer Option?
A transfer option is the opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within, or from SAIT. Transfer options are available to prospective students, current students and alumni.
Transfer options are based on articulation agreements, which predetermine how courses and programs at one post-secondary institution can be used to satisfy admission requirements or award transfer credit at another institution.
Articulation agreements can be sending, receiving, or internal:
Sending Agreement: An agreement whereby SAIT sends its students to a partner institution.
Receiving Agreement: An agreement whereby SAIT receives transfer students from a partner institution into a SAIT program.
Internal Agreement: An agreement whereby SAIT students can move internally from one SAIT program to another SAIT program.
At its best, a transfer option can advance your education while simultaneously saving you time and money.
How do I choose what Transfer Option is best for me?
Finding the transfer option that is the best fit for you is a personal choice. Factors to consider include:
- Career Goals - Which credential will allow you to pursue the job you want?
- Amount of Transfer Credit - How long will it take you to graduate from your new program?
- Budget - What can you afford in terms of further education?
- Delivery Method - What is your learning preference? Do you prefer online, face-to-face, or a blended model?
- Type of Institution - Do you prefer studying at a small, medium or large size institution?
- Institution Location - What setting is most conducive to your academic success? Do you prefer an urban or rural area?
- Grade Point Average (GPA) - At which institution can you satisfy the competitive admission requirements?
How long do I have to use a Transfer Option?
Completed courses and programs have a "shelf life"; that is to say, there is a time limit regarding how long a post-secondary institution will accept those courses and programs for transfer credit.
Most institutions have a 5 to 7 year time limit from the date of completion for awarding transfer credit.
Each post-secondary institution has its own policies regarding shelf life, so it is best to check with the institution you'd like to attend beforehand in order to understand how your course or program might be accepted.
What is the transfer process?
1. Contact the Articulation Coordinator
The Articulation Coordinator will advise you about all of your Transfer Options via email, over the phone, or in-person. They will discuss the pertinent details of the agreements, and make suggestions about which one is the best fit for you.
2. Choose an Articulation Agreement
After your consultation, the next step is to decide which agreement you'd like to use.
3. Apply to the Program
Transfer students are not automatically accepted to the post-secondary institution they would like to attend. You must apply to the program in order to initiate the transfer. There is no special "transfer application"; you submit an application like any other student.
4. Submit your Transcript
Transfer students applying to an Alberta post-secondary institution using applyalberta.ca will have their transcript sent electronically on their behalf, provided they list SAIT in their academic history.
Transfer students applying outside of Alberta or Canada must order a transcript to be sent from SAIT's Office of the Registrar to the institution they would like to attend.
I don't see the program or institution I am interested in on the Transfer Options list. Can I still transfer there?
Transfer students are free to apply to any school and program they choose.
If you don't see a program or institution on the list of Transfer Options, this means we don't share an articulation agreement at this time. There is no way of knowing beforehand exactly how much transfer credit you might receive if you apply to a program or institution without an agreement. As a result, there is the possibility that you might have to repeat some of your prior learning.
The program or institution you choose will evaluate your SAIT coursework on an individual, course-by-course basis. Make sure to keep your SAIT course outlines as you will need to submit these documents for review at your next institution.