University Transition Program

Program Objectives

Developed in 1993 by the Vancouver School Board in partnership with the Office of the President of The University of British Columbia and subsequently funded as a Provincial Resource Program by the BC Ministry of Education, the University Transitions Program is a program for Gifted students and offers a conceptually advanced, fast-paced curriculum that promotes high standards of academic excellence, a strong work ethic, research skills, and study habits needed to support success in future university studies.

Referral Process

Each year, the University Transitions Program accepts a maximum of 20 new students, ages 13 to 15. Students apply for the program and are offered placement based upon alignment with Program selection criteria.

Transition Planning

Students enrolled in this program are eligible for admission to the University of British Columbia after their second year of UTP upon the recommendation of the UTP Committee, the approval of the Dean of their Faculty of choice, and the completion of required Grade 12 courses (or their equivalent) necessary for entry to that Faculty. 

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