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Letter of Permission
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Once admitted to degree studies in the Faculty of Arts, students wishing to take a course at another university for credit toward a University of Waterloo degree must submit a Letter of Permission Form. Students wishing to take a course at Wilfrid Laurier University for credit must complete an Cross-Registration at Laurier Form (see Wilfrid Laurier University Cross-Registration in the Arts section of this calendar). A Letter of Permission must be approved by the student's advisor prior to enrolling at the host university and is subject to faculty and departmental regulations.

A Letter of Permission may be granted to degree students:

  • who have successfully completed a minimum of four University of Waterloo courses, and
  • who satisfied the minimum cumulative average requirements for their current academic plan and are in satisfactory standing.

A Letter of Permission may be granted to post-degree diploma students who have successfully completed one University of Waterloo course.

A maximum total of ten academic course units (for a four-year degree) or 7.5 academic course units (for a three-year degree) may be transferred towards an Arts degree. This maximum includes courses taken on a Letter of Permission (see Transfer Credit regulation for further details).

Upon completion of courses taken on a Letter of Permission, the student must arrange to have an official transcript from the host university sent to the University of Waterloo. Courses taken on a Letter of Permission at other universities will appear on University of Waterloo records as transfer credits (credit granted, i.e., grade of CR) if a minimum grade equivalent to University of Waterloo's 60% (see Grading System) is attained.

The Letter of Permission Form may be printed from the Undergraduate Studies Forms website. More information about policies and procedures is provided on the first page of the form.


University of Waterloo students may not take courses at other universities on a Challenge for Credit basis.


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