If you are considering taking a course at another institution and transferring the course back to Durham College, you must first submit a Letter of Permission (LOP) application. Completed applications should be sent to transfers@durhamcollege.ca for further processing. Approval through the LOP process ensures that the course you plan to take will be recognized toward your Durham College credential.

To be eligible for a Letter of Permission, you:

  • Must be actively enrolled in a program at Durham College.
  • Must not be in the first semester of your program (as you will not have standing in your program).
  • Must not have any academic integrity alerts on your record.
  • Must not exceed residency requirements for program if approved (if in receipt of previous credits or PLAR).


  • Course level at the host institution must match the course level of the Durham College course you’re seeking exemption from (i.e. diploma level for diploma level, degree level for degree level).
  • Submitted course must be 80% similar in content/learning outcomes to the requested Durham College course.
  • If approved, you must complete the course with the minimum grade requirement (60%/C or passing grade for the requested course, whichever is higher, as outlined by program requirements).
  • Non-numeric grades will not be accepted for a Letter of Permission unless course outline indicates that the grading for the course equals at least 60% (i.e. any Pass/Satisfactory grading).
  • Courses must be completed in the term approved through the Letter of Permission. If you are unable to meet this timeline then an official extension must be granted by the credit transfer office.
  • Courses completed on a Letter of Permission will be recorded as a “TC” (transfer credit) and will not count toward term or program GPA (grade point average)
  • If you are approved to complete a Letter of Permission for a course without having completed the Durham College course pre-requisites, approval on the Letter of Permission does not waive the pre-requisite classes. All courses in the program must be completed to graduate with the credential.