A transfer program is a program of study that is conducted over two separate educational institutions. This is done for a variety of reasons, including cost savings, program flexibility and university entrance requirements. Most transfer programs take the form of a 2+2 model, which involves two years of full-time study at a college followed by two years of full-time study at a university, or a 1+3 model, which is one year at a college followed by three years at a university.
Transfer programs are a growing phenomenon in Canada. Some provinces, such as British Columbia, have well-developed transfer programs with multiple participating colleges, universities and private educational institutions.
College-university transfer programs start at a college, and continue at a university. They are a popular choice for students, for a variety of reasons that include the following:
In some instances, there may be benefits to starting a study program at one university and completing it at another. These include the following: