If you are looking for instructions on how to transfer to the Faculty of Arts after attending another post-secondary institution, please visit our external transfer page.

If you are a Social Development Studies (SDS) transfer student, see the SDS transfer student course selection webpage.

Transferred from another university or college

Step 1: Review your transfer credits

After you receive your offer of admission, you'll receive an email outlining any transfer credits you've been granted from your previous studies.

You may see a mix of specified and unspecified transfer credits.

  • Specified transfer credits have a regular course number (e.g., ECON 101).
  • Unspecified transfer credits don't have a specific course number (e.g., PSYCH 1XX, ENGL 2XX).

Transfer credits satisfy University of Waterloo course and/or academic level prerequisites (e.g., level at least 2A). 

For additional questions related to transfer credits, see the FAQs below.

Step 2: Choose your courses

For newly admitted transfer students, the course selection and enrolment process begins with the submission of an online Course Approval Form, which initiates a conversation between you and your academic advisor about your course choices and academic options. Next, you will enrol in your classes directly via Quest before the term begins. All newly admitted transfer students should follow the steps below to successfully enrol in classes for the Fall term.

Not every course is offered each term, so be sure to check the courses listed on the Schedule of Classes. This schedule shows what expected to be offered in past, current, and future terms (e.g. 1199 = Fall 2019 term).

Explore the Undergraduate Calendar when you find a course that sounds interesting to you. It will describe the course topic, note if it has any pre-requisites and whether it is available online. 

Wondering what you should take?

  1. All incoming Arts students take the Arts First courses ARTS 130 (Inquiry and Communication) and ARTS 140 (Information and Analysis).

    • There are several topics to choose from within ARTS 130 and ARTS 140. Review the Fall topic descriptions on the Arts First website.
    • Students will take one course in the Fall term and one in the Winter term. It doesn't matter which order they are taken in, but only one Arts First course can be taken at a time.
    • You will add your Fall term Arts First course in Quest starting on July 18 (see Step 5 below).
  2. Found an interesting course? You'll find the course description in the Undergraduate Calendar, including details on whether the course has any pre-requisites make a list of courses you're interested in taking and make sure you meet any prerequisites for the course.
  3. Declaring your major? Use our recommended major courses chart to help guide your course selections.

Note: Class times and days will not be determined until the first week of July. You'll need to request your courses before the schedule is known, then you'll have an opportunity to review and adjust your schedule if needed beginning on July 18.

Step 3: Get your course choices approved

After you've decided which courses you want to take, you need to submit your course requests to your academic advisor who will review and approve your course requests. See the table below for instructions, based on campus of registration.

Campus of registration Instructions for requesting your classes
Main Campus

Submit your Course Approval Form to Sarah Robertson, Academic Advisor.

  • Form opens June 5
  • Due no later than June 28

Note: Upper-year Arts and Business transfer students contact Kayla Lorentz, Academic Advisor.

St. Jerome's Email Joe Varamo, Academic Advisor.

Honours Arts and Liberal Studies students email Maria Vermeer, Registrar.

Social Development Studies students refer to the SDS transfer student course selection webpage.

Step 4: Submit your choices during the Fall Course Selection Period (July 2-8, 2019)

You should only complete the Quest course selection process at this time if your advisor has approved your course requests.

Step 5: Review and adjust your Fall schedule (July 18-21, 2019)

Once you've requested your Fall classes in Quest, you can see the courses you got into. Please view your class schedule in Quest beginning July 18.

  • See all of the classes you requested?
    • The only step left is to enrol in your preferred section of ARTS 130 or ARTS 140. Course descriptions are posted on the Arts First website. You will have access to add courses in Quest starting on July 18.
    • Add an ARTS 130 or ARTS 140 section that fits with your schedule. Section details are posted on the Schedule of Classes (select 1199 term from drop down menu).
  • Don’t see all of the classes you requested?
    • You must add additional classes (maximum of 5 classes in total, including ARTS 130 or ARTS 140)
    • ALL students will have access to Quest to add courses as of July 24. This means available spots in classes will fill immediately, so adjust your schedule as soon as you can.
  • Need to make changes to your schedule?
    • We recommend you do so between July 18 and 21, as ALL students will have access to Quest to add courses as of July 24.
    • Use the swap function - it's the safest way to try to switch one class for another. See the Quest FAQ page for more helpful instructions. 
  • If you're still unsure of your course choices please contact your Academic Advisor.

Step 6: Winter 2020 course requests (late September)

Frequently asked questions