Credits, Grading and Transcripts

Course Load

A full-time course load for undergraduate (Bachelor's) students at University of Guelph is 2.0 to 2.5 credits. Most UofGuelph courses are 0.5 credits each, therefore, our students usually take 4 to 5 courses per semester. It is ultimately up to your home university to decide the credit equivalency for the courses you will be taking while on exchange. 

Graduate (Masters) students usually take 1 - 3 courses per semester (0.5 - 1.5 credits).


Guelph courses are based on credit weight. Most courses are valued at 0.50, however, some have credit weighting of 0.25, 0.75 or 1 .00. A full-time course load for students at Guelph is 2.00 (typically 4 courses) or 2.50 (typically 5 courses) per semester. 2.75 credits is the maximum course load a University of Guelph student can take per semester.

Credit weight is based on the amount of work involved in the course, not the number of hours.

More information on the credit system can be found in the Undergraduate Course Calendar.


Information on University of Guelph's Grading System can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar for Undergraduate-level courses and in the Graduate Calendar for Graduate-level courses.


The Centre for International Programs provides official grade reports for all students attending Guelph on exchange. Official grade reports for exchange students who have studied at the University of Guelph will be sent directly to the exchange office at their home institution following the completion of their final semester at Guelph. Grade Reports for students who attended Guelph for the Fall semester will be sent in January. For the Winter semester, transcripts will be sent in May.

If you need your own copy of your official transcript, or need it to be sent to another university for a graduate school application, you must order the transcript directly from Enrolment Services.