Instructions for transfer students

Instructions for transfer students starting in September 2024

Assessment of transfer credits

If you've completed any university- or college-level courses (or anticipate completing any before starting at Waterloo) it’s possible you may receive transfer credits. If you were expecting transfer credits and did not receive a Transfer Credit Letter officially granting them, then assessment of your transfer credits may have been delayed. This is often because we require further information (e.g., a complete course outline or a final official transcript) before making a final assessment.

For information about the status of your transfer credits, email or phone the Transfer Student Team.

Course Selection


Once you have submitted all required documents for the transfer credit assessment, your academic advisor will automatically enrol you in your required fall term courses. When you consult with your academic advisor, they will let you know if you need to choose any elective courses.

You can view your class schedule in Quest starting July 17, 2024.


Your academic advisor will provide you with a list of courses to request for the winter term.

You are required to request all of your winter-term courses in Quest in September.

Tips to prepare for requesting winter term courses:

Note for students with advanced standing

Students with advanced standing often take courses from mixed years to fulfill degree requirements. Course conflicts may make course selection for a given specialization (e.g., an option or minor) difficult. If you're interested in pursuing a particular area or areas of specialization, you're encouraged to email or phone your academic advisor to learn how to select the necessary requirements for that major, option, and/or minor.

Co-op information for transfer students

If you’ve been admitted to Recreation and Leisure Studies Co-op and have been granted transfer credits, your academic advisor will send your academic and work-term sequencing to your @uwaterloo email account. If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor

NOTE: You may begin the co-op process during your winter 2022 term at Waterloo. Our Waterloo Professional Development Program is designed to prepare students for co-op. If your first co-op work term is scheduled to begin in May 2022, during the winter (January-April) 2022 academic term you'll also be taking PD1: Career Fundamentals while participating in the co-op interview process.