How to apply for a Gen Ed credit:

Do not assume your application will be approved! If you are scheduled to take a General Education Elective, we encourage you to register and remain in your class until you have been notified about the decision regarding your application. If approved, your course will be dropped on your behalf if you do not need the credits for your current academic program.
 

  1. How do I apply for a credit in a General Education course?
    To apply for a credit in a General Education course - either internal or external credit - students must complete the online form found at: https://forms.fanshawec.ca/course_credit_transfer.
    For external credits, students must upload all supporting documents -transcripts and detailed course outlines - from official institutional sources (i.e. no screenshots). These documents must be in English.
    Once a student's application is processed by the Office of the Registrar and the request is received by the School of Language and Liberal studies, it may take up to 10 business days to review and process an application for credit in a General Education course.
    There is no fee for processing internal or external credit applications.
  2. Do I need a passing grade to apply for a course credit?
    You must have a minimum "C" or 60% to apply for external credit. Unless otherwise indicated by your program, a minimum "D" is acceptable for internal credit.
  3. Are grades in "credit courses" calculated as part of my GPA (Grade Point Average)?
    Speak with the School of Language and Liberal Studies in A2003 to find out if your internal credit will be calculated as part of your GPA. External Credits are not calculated as part of your GPA.
  4. When do I have to submit my application?
    Your application should be received before classes begin in order to be processed before the drop deadline.
  5. How soon will my application be processed?
    Your application is processed and sent to the assessing School by the Office of the Registrar. Timelines can vary depending on the time of year, however applications are normally assessed within 10 business days from the time the assessing School receives your paperwork. Applications cannot be assessed until a student is registered and all fees are paid. Applications cannot be made over the phone or by email.
  6. Can I use an OAC course for external credit?
    You may use only courses from recognized, accredited post-secondary institutions. OAC courses are not eligible for external credit.
  7. Can I apply for multiple external credits at the same time?
    Yes. Each external credit sought requires its own External Application for Course Credit form.
  8. Is one semester of a year-long university course acceptable for credit?
    If a grade has been given at the end of the first semester and is recorded on the transcript, the course could be eligible for credit. One semester of a year-long course is the equivalent of a one semester Fanshawe General Education course.
  9. What kind of course is accepted for external credit?
    Most courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Studies are acceptable; many other courses may be.
  10. Do I need to submit a course information sheet with my application?
    For external applications, it is strongly recommended that you attach a detailed course description (syllabus) for courses you wish to use as credit.
  11. How are applications processed?
    Applications are assessed by criteria; there are separate criteria for elective and mandatory General Education courses.
  12. How will I know if my application was approved?
    The SIS Designate in the School of Language and Liberal Studies, will contact you via e-mail. (Ensure your contact information on WebAdvisor is accurate).

Credit procedure:

I) Elective General Education credits

General Education elective credit applications are assessed according to five criteria:

  1. Does the course content meet General Education criteria?
  2. Is it a 3-credit course (i.e. 45 hours)?
  3. Did you receive a grade of C (60%) or better (for external credits)?
  4. Is the institution an "accredited" college or university?
  5. Is the course outside the student's vocational field of study?

If the answer to all of these questions is a yes, then your application should be approved. However, the General Education Coordinator makes the final decision.

II) Mandatory General Education credits

General Education mandatory credit applications are assessed according to four criteria:

  1. Is there a min. 80% match (including such elements as learning outcomes, week-by-week content and assessment) between the course required as a General Education mandatory and the course(s) used as credit?
  2. Is it a 3-credit course (i.e. 45 hours)?
  3. Did you receive a grade of C (60%) or better? (For internal credits, some schools require a C grade, but the majority only require a D).
  4. Is the institution an "accredited" college or university?

If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then the application should be approved.
Please note: Credit for General Education mandatory courses is usually more difficult to obtain than credits for General Education elective courses. This is due principally to criterion #1.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email: gened@fanshawec.ca.

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