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Transfer of Credits

General Information

Transfer applicants should note that:

1. Transfer credits will not be marked on their record until they have completed at least 15 credits with a GPA of 2.00 or higher.
2. The credits earned must be essentially equivalent in quality and quantity to the courses to be substituted for the program of Asia-Pacific International University. Students must provide the University with a catalogue, bulletin, or course outlines from the institution that they previously attended.
3. Only courses with a grade ‘C’ or higher can be transferred. Transfer credits are not calculated into the student’s GPA.
4. A transfer student must meet APIU’s residence requirements and complete at least 36 credits at Asia-Pacific International University and do a minimum of 12 upper division semester credits in his/her major field of study.
5. Asia-Pacific International University does not accept students from other institution on academic probation or suspension.

Credit by Professional Examinations

Credit for professional examinations passed may be granted upon application and the production of appropriate supporting evidence by the decision of the Academic Board.

Credit by Challenge Examination

Where students consider they may be eligible for credit in, or exemption from a particular course of study on the basis of academic work done elsewhere or other prior learning but cannot provide acceptable academic documentation, they may request permission for a challenge examination. The regulations governing challenge examinations are as follows:

1. The students shall consult with the Dean of the Faculty and present such evidence as is available to demonstrate that they are appropriately prepared to sit for a challenge examination.
2. When a Dean recommends a challenge examination the student shall submit an application on the appropriate form to the Registrar’s Office for permission to sit a challenge examination together with the published examination fee.
3. Approval is required from the Vice President of Academic Administration, the Dean of Faculty and the Registrar who shall be satisfied that the application is in order and that the examination is set and assessed at the same level as a final examination for a regular student in the subject. Following approval the Dean will request the appropriate lecturer or Head of Department to prepare the examination paper.
4. The following courses are not open to credit by challenge examination:

  • subjects for which the student has previously been awarded a grade (including“S” or “U”)
  • lower level courses in a discipline where a student has already taken advanced level courses
  • courses previously taken in residence on an “audit” basis.

5. A maximum of 12 credit points towards a Baccalaureate degree may be granted as credit by challenge examination.
6. The student must be currently enrolled and have completed a minimum of 12 credits of regular academic work before the results of challenge examinations will be recorded.
7. A passing grade for a challenge examination shall be a minimum of a C grade as determined by the requirements set out in the regular course outline. Upon the successful completion of a challenge examination, an “S” grade will be issued and only examinations successfully challenged will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Challenge examinations may not be repeated.
8. Challenge examinations shall be administered by the Registrar.

Waiver, Substitution, and Reclassification

Students who have taken coursework which parallels a college course may request that one or more of the graduation requirements be waived. However, the student must substitute other courses for those waived so that the total number of credits required is not lessened. Generally, such courses must be in the same area as the courses that are waived. Upon consent from the Academic Board, and recommendation of the Department Chair, some courses may be substituted by others. Interdisciplinary courses may also be reclassified to meet other academic requirements for graduation at the discretion of the Academic Board.

Reciprocity in Transferring General Studies Courses

Transfer students from other Seventh-day Adventist colleges who have met the requirements in one or more of the general studies areas at the college from which they transferred will be considered to have met the general studies requirements in that area at Asia-Pacific International University.

Correspondence Courses

When correspondence study is required, Asia-Pacific International University requires it to be taken from an accredited institution. A maximum of 24 semester hours of correspondence work may apply toward the requirements of a four year course of study.

Credit by correspondence may not apply toward requirements of a major unless approved by the Department Chair and the Academic Board. Correspondence credit may not be used to replace a failure or to raise a low grade earned in residence. No correspondence credit will be recorded on the transcript until the student has earned a minimum of 15 semester hours in residence with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above. Correspondence credit is considered as lower division credit.