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How to combine college and university

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Studying at NSCC opens doors to many possibilities and opportunities. We think that one of the best if that once you graduate, you can apply to university, where your two-year diploma may be recognized for up to two years of a four-year degree program.

College-to-university pathways

NSCC has more than 70 articulation agreements between partner universities across Canada that let students move seamlessly from a college diploma program to a four-year university degree.

Benefits of choosing both college and university

There are many advantages to continuing onto university:

  • Save time and money – Knowing what NSCC classes will count towards your university degree means you won’t have to spend time repeating similar classes. And you’ll save money by starting your degree at NSCC, which is typically less expensive than a university.
  • Starting your studies at NSCC may be more comfortable for you than starting at a large university. NSCC has a wealth of student supports to set you up for success – including a dedicated student services advisor to help you access supports, set goals, plan your courses, and much more.
  • Studying at two institutions provides more experiences and more opportunities to make connections that enrich your studies and future job prospects. Some programs even offer the chance to travel internationally as part of your studies.

Where can an articulation agreement take you?

Read about some NSCC graduates who used articulation agreements with various institutions to get them where they wanted to go:


If you’re interested in combining your college learning with university study, connect with an advisor.