University Transition Program

University Transition ProgramUniversity Transition Program (UTP) is a tri-institutional partnership program by the BC Ministry of Education, Vancouver School Board, and the University of British Columbia (UBC). UTP supports BC adolescents who seek academic challenge to achieve their dreams of early entrance to university studies at UBC.

Our Mission

The University Transition Program values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Together with the University of British Columbia, the BC Ministry of Education and the Vancouver School Board, the University Transition Program is committed to the guiding principles of excellence, integrity, mutual respect, inclusion, and transparency. Program staff, students, parents, and alumni are working to create a kind, respectful, empathetic, safe, and inclusive space where students are inspired and thrive. The University Transition Program is committed to uphold these core values and will continue to engage the community in dialogue and action.


We acknowledge that the land upon which we learn is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People.

We celebrate the Vancouver School Board, the BC Ministry of Education, and the University of British Columbia whose visionary leadership established a Tri-Institutional Partnership to support BC adolescents seeking academic challenge to achieve their dreams of early entrance to university studies.


Our Story

Academic Acceleration as a Path to Future Success

          Since 1993, The University Transition Program enrolls 20 new BC students ages 13-15 seeking academic enrichment in a two-year preparation for early entrance to university studies every year.  The conceptually advanced, rigorous, fast-paced curriculum promotes high standards of academic excellence, a strong work ethic, and research skills and study habits needed to support success in university studies and future careers. A strong community composed of dedicated students, parents, staff, program graduates, and UBC professors cultivates a pre-university culture of collaboration, leadership, and respect for self and one another.  The program’s distinctive learning environment combines accelerated learning and educational innovation to optimize talent development while addressing the educational, developmental and socio-emotional needs of all members of the community.  Unique in BC and Canada the University Transition Program continues to welcome visitors from all over the world.

University Transition Program

Interested students and their parents are invited to browse through out “About” and “Applicants” and Frequently Asked Questions pages to learn whether the University Transition Program addresses your educational goals and needs.

Are you interested in applying for UTP? Learn about the application process, view the application form, and register for the large group assessment here.

Discover University Transition Program events presented from the perspectives of current students and alumni.

Current students and parents, please visit this page. 

All alumni are invited to check out “Reunion 2020” for updates on scheduled events and to register expression of interest and eventually to purchase tickets for Gala Dinner.

Support UTP through donation. Your contributions not only help provide better learning experiences but also ensure success for the next generation of learners and global citizens.

Thank you for visiting the University Transition Program Website!

Future UTP Reunion

Calling all UTP Graduates, their Parents, families and friends!
Greetings to all UTP Staff and Administrators!
Welcome to all our founding Institutional Partnership Representatives!

Please accept our invitation to meet with people connected with the UTP community over the decades and share stories and memories as we celebrate our Graduates’ happiness, health, and contributions to society as Global Citizens. 

Share your passionate pursuits!
Help us thank all parents and educators who have supported the UTP graduates for 30 years!