Courses at Other Universities


If you're a current Dal or King's student and have completed your first year of study, you may be able to take a course at another institution and obtain credit toward your Dalhousie degree. To do so, you must get approval before registering for the course at the other institution.

A Letter of Permission will be provided if all of the following conditions are met:

  • the student is in good academic standing, i.e., students who have been academically dismissed or are on probation are not eligible.
  • the student has not exceeded the allowable number of transfer credits.
  • the course at the other institution is acceptable for transfer to Dalhousie.
  • the workload will not exceed Dalhousie's limitations.
  • the course is not offered at Dalhousie in the term in which the student wishes to take it; or the student has a scheduling conflict; or the course is full; or the student is living outside the local area.

Be sure to start early. Obtaining permission can take some legwork and time.

Graduate students can also obtain permission to take courses at other universities but should contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies for instructions and download the graduate student Letter of Permission form.

How to get a Letter of Permission

  1. Print the Letter of Permission form [PDF - 1.17mb] and read the instructions carefully.

  2. Indicate the course you wish to take at another institution. Note: you would be considered a visiting student at that institution.

    Dal Online Transfer Equivalencies:
    Use this online tool to check courses at other institutions that have previously been approved as transfer credits. If you see a course listed in this database, you still need to go through the Letter of Permission process, outlined below. Previous approval doesn't guarantee that you'll be permitted to take the course.

  3. Get course approval.
    If the request is for a course that has been approved for transfer previously (see above), the Registrar's Office/Sexton Service Centre/Enrolment Services Centre can authorize the equivalent.

    If the course has not been previously approved, you will need to provide a copy of the course description and syllabus to the department that offers similar courses. Each department handles letters of permission differently, so ask them to go over their procedure. A faculty member at the department will consider the course. If they approve, they'll sign your form.

  4. Bring the signed form to the Registrar's Office in the Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building, the Sexton Student Service Centre in Building B off Barrington St, or the Enrolment Services Centre in the Cox Institute room 100 in Truro. Usually, the approval can be finalized on the spot.  Or email the form to studentonline@dal.ca, or fax it to 902-494-1630.

  5. Apply to the other institution and send them a copy of your approved Letter of Permission. They may also require an official Dalhousie transcript. Contact the Registrar's Office at the other institution to confirm their admission and Letter of Permission procedures.

  6. Register in the course. Consult the other institution's website.

  7. After completing the course, have an official transcript sent to the Dalhousie Registrar's Office to receive credit for it. Certain local institutions, such as St. Mary's University, may supply Dalhousie with a list of students who have completed courses as visiting students and do not need to have a transcript forwarded. Check with the Registrar's Office at the institution to be sure.

Grades
For courses taken at Canadian institutions, a letter grade will be recorded on your Dalhousie record. If letter grades are not given, numeric grades will be converted to the appropriate Dalhousie equivalent letter grade. For courses taken at institutions outside of Canada, grades of P (pass) and F (fail), as appropriate, will be recorded on your Dalhousie record.

Did not register for an approved course?
Email LOP@dal.ca before the add/drop date of the term to have the course removed from your Dal record. After the deadline, please have the other institution notify the Registrar's Office at Dalhousie that you did not register for the course.