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University Pathways at Douglas College

a boarwalk in a forest / Douglas College University Pathways

University Pathways at Douglas College

A common opportunity for students to take is to attend college after high school instead of going straight into university. Many colleges are aware of this and thus design pathways so students can transfer easily into higher institutions. 

Why Transfer?

You might be wondering what the point of transferring schools is when you can go directly to the university that you want. Not everyone is fortunate enough to go straight into university. It could be because of their grades or their financial situation. Therefore, many students decide to go to college to improve their grades and save money. 

In the end, both the transfer student and the regular student graduate with the same kind of degree. They’re just different paths to the same goal. 

Benefits of Attending Douglas

  • Smaller class sizes – with smaller classes, there is also more time with a professor. Rather than relying on teaching assistants (TAs), you can directly contact your professors for help. 
  • Your chance to improve your grades – If you want to have a higher GPA before going into university, attending Douglas College is your opportunity to do that. Students get more support at Douglas, thus leading to them having higher grades. 
  • Practical training – most universities don’t offer field trips or practicums unless it’s a Masters’s level study. Douglas offers these opportunities for their students because they believe that experience is the key to success.
  • Nationally recognized programs – Douglas’ programs are known by top universities to prepare their students for such environments. They even have specific pathways to get into top research schools.
  • Cheaper tuition (Approx. $40,000CAD per year) – You can get the same level of education for much cheaper than going directly into a research institution. For example, UofT charges their international students about $60,000CAD. Attending Douglas first allows for students to save up for the future, whether that’s for a house or for tuition. 
  • No difference to other students – Just because you did your first couple of years at Douglas (or any other school), doesn’t mean that you’ll be treated differently. Wherever you transfer to, your Bachelor’s degree will be the same as everyone else and your degree will hold the name of the school you graduate from. 

Where to Transfer after Douglas

Douglas College is the proud institution that has assisted thousands of students in helping them transfer to some of the best universities in Canada. Many of their students typically choose:

  • Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • University of Toronto (UofT)
  • McGill University
  • University of Victoria (UVic)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)

Of course, your options don’t stop there. Douglas will equip you with the knowledge you’ll need to move to another school. 

Step by Step Process

If you’re interested in this pathway to university, you’re probably wondering what your next steps are. It’s actually quite simple. 

  1. Apply for Douglas College – Make sure to check that you meet all the requirements for your desired field of study. Even if you intend to transfer, approach applying for Douglas as if you’re going to be there a while. Choose a major that interests you too.
  1. Choose the right courses – while you can enter virtually any faculty and transfer successfully, it’s important to choose the right courses. Some schools will require you to finish certain courses before you can enter into theirs.
  1. Keep your grades up – You won’t be a successful transfer student if you don’t have a good GPA by the time you apply for transfer.  
  1. Apply to transfer – You can transfer to your next institution after at least one semester at Douglas. At most, you can transfer two years’ worth of courses. Whether you spend one semester or two years, make sure you meet the requirements for a smooth transition.

Let’s have a look at an illustration of a pathway.

A high school student wanted to enter UofT Sciences, but they didn’t have high enough grades to attend UofT. Fortunately, they had a backup plan. This student got accepted to Douglas College! 

Before the classes started that fall semester, the student chose more science-related courses. They took four classes a semester and didn’t work so they could raise their GPA.

At the end of the school year, the student applied for UofT, under the premise of transferring. UofT saw that their grades were good and accepted them into the school. 

The student finished their studies at UofT and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science. 

More Tips

When in doubt, approach an academic advisor. It’s better to do this within the first week or two of when school starts. If you double-check the courses you’re taking with an academic advisor and tell them that you intend to transfer, they can approve of your plan or suggest changes.

If you prefer to work on your own, there are transfer guides online. The BC Transfer Guide is a great tool for post-secondary students who want to move schools. However, this tool only works for schools within BC and you may have to do more work to figure out transferring to out-of-province institutions. 

It’s also important to know that not all subjects will transfer, so make sure to check and check again that you take your credentials to the next school. 

Sources: Douglas University Transfer Douglas International Student Fees UofT Tuition Fees
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