Transfer Credit

Students who have taken composition classes at other universities or who would like to take an external course for writing credit in the future may apply to have their external classes accepted toward their writing requirements at Boston University.

Students who enter Boston University as freshmen are allowed to take an external class for either WR 100 or  WR 150 transfer credit but must take one of those two (or a WR 100 or WR 150 equivalent) at Boston University. Transfer students may qualify for both WR 100 and WR 150 transfer credit for courses taken at their previous school.

More information about transfer credit at Boston University is available on the BU Admissions website. To see the answers to commonly asked questions about writing transfer credit, please visit Transfer Credit FAQs.

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 with your appeal form to support your case. For example, if your class was denied WR 150 credit because it did not have enough research, you are welcome to submit assignment sheets that indicate research or research papers you wrote for the class as additional evidence. 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 do not receive enough WR transfer credit to fulfill all of their BU college’s writing requirement or if they have not gotten their transfer credit evaluation results yet. ESL transfer students who receive enough WR transfer credit to fulfill their college’s writing requirements (WR 100 transfer credit for CFA and QST students or WR 150 credit for all other colleges) are not required to take the placement test.


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