Aboriginal Access Studies

a new way for Aboriginal students to access university

UBC Okanagan offers a new opportunity for Aboriginal students to access university study while not being required to meet the usual admission requirements of UBC. Aboriginal Access Studies prepares students for degree studies by allowing them to register in a specific set of university level courses.

Who can apply?

  • recent high school graduates
  • mature students
  • those who would like additional support as they step into University
  • those whose grades do not reflect their academic potential

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Program Overview

Aboriginal Access Studies students register in three university credit courses per term. Each course consists of three hours per week of lecture plus addition hour of tutorial. In this program, students receive academic, personal, cultural, and physical support.

Aboriginal Access Studies students attend classes alongside UBC Okanagan degree students, are evaluated according to the same standards and earn the same university recognized credits. Core courses include: Writing 009, English 114, Math 126, and Indigenous Studies 100. At the end of the program, students can apply to a degree program with a minimum of six courses (18 credits) if they earn a minimum of 60% in each course.

En'owkin Partnership

UBC's Okanagan campus works in partnership with the En'owkin Centre to also have Aboriginal Access Studies at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton, B.C.

As part of this relationship, the En'owkin Centre also offers the Okanagan language classes at UBC's Okanagan campus. These courses receive transfer credit and can be used towards a second language requirement.


Quick Facts

  • There are no prerequisites to be enrolled
  • University level courses are offered from an Aboriginal perspective like using the medicine wheel in math
  • Each first-year class comes with mandatory tutorials which increases the student's chance of succeeding
  • Aboriginal Access Studies students come from a broad range of backgrounds
  • Aboriginal Access Studies students, who would not have otherwise qualified, have been accepted into a degree program at UBC
  • The program has a dual intake in September and January of each calender year
  • Aboriginal Access Studies students meet the full-time course load requirements for B.C. and Canada student loans

Apply for the Access Program

Please inform Aboriginal Access Studies staff if you have any questions and after you have submitted you application so we can follow up with your application.





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