Credit for Courses Taken Elsewhere

Courses taken at another CEGEP as a commandite

Students wishing to take a course at another CEGEP must receive a commandite (sponsorship) form beforehand from the Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor will check whether the course is eligible for your program and whether it will be approved by the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. St. Lawrence only gives these commandites under exceptional circumstances, such as the following:

  • The course required by the student is not offered at the college
  • The course required for graduation enters into conflict with one or more other courses taken at St. Lawrence
  • Serious personal reasons

Courses taken at a another institution other than a CEGEP as an equivalence

Students wishing to obtain an equivalence (EQ) for a course taken at a post-secondary institution other than a CEGEP must meet with the Academic Advisor. An equivalence gives you the credits for a course within the normal number of credits required for your program. Credit is not automatically given. A course description (indicating the precise number of class hours involved) as well as an official transcript are required. Bring those documents, along with a completed Request for Equivalency Form to the Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor will check on whether the course is eligible with the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs in collaboration with the appropriate Department Coordinator. There is a $25 fee per course.

In the case of prior Spanish and German knowledge, students not in the ALC Program may obtain credit for complementary courses. Request a placement test from Betty Ableson (room 235 or Based on the placement test, you may be given the opportunity to request an equivalency for your prior knowledge. The procedure for equivalencies is as follows:

  1. Fill in a Request for Equivalency Form and provide it to Betty Ableson with your payment of $25 per language course. Include any documents for courses already taken elsewhere. If your language knowledge is not based on courses, you can submit a request without supporting documents.
  2. The test for credit will normally take place during the Welcome Days in the week before the semester starts.
  3. Once the College has your results, they will be transmitted to you and you will be placed in the level indicated in your test for credit (if you wish to continue studies in that language). You will be given credit for complementary courses at lower levels.
  4. If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Advisor.

Other situations: substitutions and exemptions

In addition to showing any equivalences (EQ), student transcripts may sometimes indicate that courses have been substituted (SU) or exempted (DI). A substitution indicates that one CEGEP course has replaced another (possibly because the course has been taken on commandite, as explained above, or due to a change in programs or CEGEPs with similar courses). An exemption indicates that the credits in a student's program have been reduced due to a course that is impossible for the student to take, normally due to a permanent medical situation. Further details about substitutions and exemptions are available in the Institutional Policy on the Evaluation of Student Achievement (IPESA) or through the Academic Advisor.