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Transfer Credit

Students who have taken composition classes at other schools or who would like to take an external course for writing credit in the future may apply to get CAS WR transfer credit for their external classes. WR transfer credit will not give students any Hub units.

Beginning with transfer students entering in Fall 2020, the Writing Program will award the following transfer credit:

  • General elective credit: for external writing classes that are not equivalent to any CAS WR classes
  • CAS WR 01*: for external classes that are equivalent to CAS WR 111
  • CAS WR 02*: for external classes that are equivalent to CAS WR 112
  • CAS WR 13*: for external classes that are equivalent to CAS WR 120
  • CAS WR 16*: for external classes that are equivalent to CAS WR 150, CAS WR 151, or CAS WR 152

CAS WR 01* transfer credit fulfills the prerequisite for CAS WR 112. CAS WR 02* transfer credit fulfills the prerequisite for CAS WR 120 for transfer students. CAS WR 13* fulfills the prerequisite for CAS WR 150, CAS WR 151, and WR 152 for transfer students. First-year students with CAS WR 13* credit are required to take a First-Year Writing course such as CAS WR 120 still.

The Writing Program strongly recommends that ESL transfer students begin the WR sequence at the level of their Writing Placement Test placement. At their own risk, ESL transfers students are allowed to register for a class that is a higher level than their test placement if they have WR transfer credit that meets the prerequisite for the higher level class.

More information about transfer credit at Boston University is available on the BU Admissions website. More information about Hub requirements for transfer students is available on the Hub website. Please visit Transfer Credit FAQs for answers to common questions about WR transfer credit.

Applying for WR Transfer Credit

Incoming transfer students and incoming freshman who have taken college-level writing courses should visit the Registrar’s transfer credit website for instructions on how to apply for transfer credit.

If you are a current BU student, please visit the Registrar’s Office page for more information and links to transfer credit forms.

For Classes Taken in the United States

You will need to submit an application to the Writing Program with the following materials:

  • A transfer credit form from your college at Boston University.
  • A catalog description of the course.
  • A syllabus of the course. This may be a sample syllabus of the same course level provided by the department offering the external class. The syllabus must include details about the number, length, and type of papers that were required.

Returning students can check the review history of the external class they wish to take on the Registrar’s transfer credit website for current students.

For Classes Taken Abroad

All Boston University students considering taking a non-BU course abroad for transfer credit are required to consult with the BU Study Abroad Program Manager for External Programs prior to applying for an international study program in order to determine if the program they have selected is acceptable under University policy. Transfer credit must be approved in advance. No credit will be given for courses that do not receive official BU approval in advance. Students must apply to the Study Abroad office for all courses taken outside of the United States, even if the course is offered in association with an American school as part of a summer program abroad. 

You will need to submit an application to the Writing Program with the following materials:

  • A transfer credit form from the Study Abroad office.
  • A catalog description of the course.
  • A syllabus of the course. This may be a sample syllabus of the same course level provided by the department offering the external class. The syllabus must include details about the number, length, and type of papers that were required.

Appealing or Changing Transfer Credit

If your application has already been evaluated by the Writing Program and you wish to appeal the decision, please submit a Transfer Credit Appeal Form to the Writing Program. You are welcome to include new materials, such as your academic papers or assignment sheets, with your appeal form to support your case. Students are permitted to appeal courses one time.

Transfer Credit and the Writing Placement Test

Students who are required to take the Writing Placement Test (students who submitted English-language proficiency test scores to Boston University for admission) must take the Writing Placement Test if they will be taking CAS WR courses still after getting their transfer credit evaluated or if they have not gotten their transfer credit evaluation results yet.

 

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