Frequently Asked Questions
Are there access programs at U of T for those who have not finished high school or who do not have educational background needed to qualify for university admission?
What Aboriginal languages are taught in the ABS program? If I am fluent in one of them, can I get a course credit for my existing knowledge?
All prospective students must first apply to the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science. Once admitted, students who have completed four full-course equivalents can enrol in the academic program of their choice. Please note, some programs within the Faculty of Arts and Science may have specific high school requirements for enrolment.
Yes, U of T’s Transitional Year Program (TYP) is a full-time eight-month access-to-University program. TYP is intended for adults without the formal educational background needed to qualify for university admission.
In addition, the Academic Bridging Program is a part-time program for students (at least 19 years of age) who do not meet the University’s established requirements for direct entry admission to the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto.
Most programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science enable you to complete a degree on a part-time basis with the exception of Concurrent Teacher Education Programs. Part-time students can take courses during the day and evening (when available), but are enrolled in fewer courses per academic session. The admission requirements are the same as for full-time students.
Student in the Faculty of Arts & Science choose to enrol in a program at the end of first year (or after the completion of four full-course equivalents). Aboriginal Studies is considered a type 1 program. Type 1 programs have no enrolment requirements other than the successful completion of four full-course equivalents. No application is required, students simply select Aboriginal Studies as their program through ACORN.
Languages taught as a part of the ABS program include: Anishinaabemowin (Anishinaabe), Inuktitut, and courses in Iroquoian languages such as Oneida. Fluency does NOT entitle you to a course credit in these language courses. To receive a credit for an ABS language course you must enrol in the course and obtain a passing grade.