University Access Programs

Not every journey to a university degree is linear. Our programs offer solutions to help you prepare for beginning your chosen undergraduate or graduate degree. 

University Preparation

Our University Preparation courses have been designed to give you a solid foundation in a subject area before going to university or, if you are currently in university, to help you get the prerequisite you need for the program you want.

We offer courses in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Academic Math
  • Pre-Calculus Plus
  • Physics
  • Writing Skills for Academic Study

We also offer two courses to help you prepare for university:

  • Art & Practice of Learning Online
  • Writing Refresher Course for University

Transition Year Program

Do you dream of earning a university degree, but worry you might not have what it takes? Dalhousie’s Transition Year Program (TYP) might be exactly what you’re looking for—this eight-month program is designed to prepare you for all aspects of academic life. Students receive university credit for the TYP courses.

You will develop essay writing and research skills, gain (or re-gain) foundational math and English skills, learn to study effectively and manage your workload, and earn the confidence to succeed in an academic environment. Please contact us for an application form.

The TYP launched in 1970 with the goal of increasing the successful participation of Black and Indigenous students at Dalhousie University. The program has been helping students successfully prepare for university ever since.

The Transition Year Program is welcoming and accessible to students who are ready to make a commitment to learning. Financial support, including living allowance, is available to qualified applicants. When you successfully complete the eight-month program, you receive a tuition fee waiver for your undergraduate degree.

Our Courses

We offer courses that are designed to give you the academic and life skills foundation you need for a successful transition to the academic university environment.

Required courses include:

  • Academic Writing and Strategies for University Learning 1 and 2
    The first course will help you develop university-level communication and composition skills, along with study skills to facilitate the transition to university. The second course will help you further develop university-level communication and composition skills, along with study skills to aid in the transition to university. These courses may not be used to satisfy the degree writing requirements.

  • English 1 and 2
    The first course covers grammar, basic essay writing, research, documentation, argumentative writing and a wide variety of writing skills.  It includes literary material from current and historical essayists. The second course takes English 1 skills to an advanced level.  It includes the study and analysis of literary material from current and historical essayists as well as contemporary Mi'kmaq and Black Nova Scotia authors. These courses may not be used to satisfy the degree writing requirements.

  • Black Studies 1 and 2
    The first course focuses on the history of Africa and the emergence of the African Diaspora, interweaving aspects of the African Nova Scotia experience. It provides an overview of African history and the African Diaspora: the integral contribution of African peoples to world history. The second course provides an historical survey of the Black Nova Scotian experience, covering its origins, socio-economic conditions, politics and evolution to the present. The people of African descent in Nova Scotia represent a particular aspect of the African Diaspora.

  • Indigenous Studies 1 and 2
    In the first course, we will learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples in what is now known as Canada. We'll move through the pre-contact era to the historical relationship between the British Crown and First Nations Peoples with an emphasis on Indigenous perspectives on history, land, treaties, self-government and oral traditions. The second course will have you delving into colonialism, imperialism and other key issues facing Aboriginal peoples, both historically and in present day.

  • TYP Math 0034 and 0035
    The first course covers signed numbers, order of operations, fractions, decimals, exponents, polynomials, equations, algebraic fractions, and graphing. Homework is checked regularly. Several tests and two major exams are given. The second course covers a diverse array of topics that include: fractions, decimals, exponents, polynomials, algebra, graphing, probability, and statistics. Homework is regularly assigned and marked, and several major exams are given during the year, including a three-hour final in April.

Contact the TYP

Address: 1400 LeMarchant Street, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Phone: (902) 494-3730
Fax: (902) 494-2135