Adult Basic Education University Preparation (ABEUP)

Adult Basic Education University Preparation (ABEUP) is different from the ABE Program in two ways:

  1. Students take Provincial Level (Grade 12 Equivalency) ABE courses only.
  2. While taking ABE courses, students are also able to enroll in up to three first-year university courses. 

Entrance Requirements | Course Descriptions | Fees and Costs

Entrance Requirements

Adult Basic Education University Prep (ABEUP) courses are for students who need to upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

The ABEUP program is designed for those who have completed ENG 081 or are assessed at the ENG 091 level.

You can take upgrading classes in math, English, chemistry, physics, biology, computing science, and First Nations studies. You can start at a level that's comfortable and meets your skill level.

UUP staff can help you figure out where to start and they can help you to develop an education plan. Whether you're ready to take the first step, or if you simply have a few questions, you can email or fill out our Book a UUP appointment form to speak with someone.

Course Descriptions

The following table lists the provincially recognized ABE Provincial Level (Grade 12 Equivalency) courses. These courses meet the BC Ministry of Education requirements and guidelines. 

NOTE: Provincial Level courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood).

*Courses taught by UFV departments other than UUP

Provincial Level (Grade 12 Equivalency)
Course  Title
 BIO 093*  Pre-College Biology II
 COMP 091  Computer Applications
 ECP 094  Education & Career Planning
 ENGL 091  Provincial English
 ENGL 099  Pre-University Composition
 FNST 091  Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Peoples' Cultures
 IPK 092  Academic Learning & Indigenous Cultures
 IPK 093  Critical Thinking from Indigenous Perspectives
 MATH 094*  Introduction to College Math I
 MATH 095*  Introduction to College Math II
 MATH 096  Algebra & Trigonometry
 PHYS 093*  Preparatory College Physics II

Courses are offered at the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and Mission campuses during the fall, winter, and summer semesters. NOTE: Summer semester courses are only available at the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses.

See the UUP timetable for the courses that are currently being offered.

For complete program information, see the UFV calendar.

For information on ABE courses that transfer to other BC post-secondary institutions, see the Adult Basic Education Transfer Guide.

Fees and Costs

Apply now for the Adult Upgrading Grant.

Due to government funding changes, tuition is now free for upgrading courses and programs. See here for costs per credit and semester based fees. 

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Supplies (binders, pens, etc.)
  • Ancillary Fees
  • Student Fees

The Student Union Society Health and Dental Plan fee is charged to students who are enrolled in nine or more credits. It is charged in the fall semester only, but provides coverage from September to August. Students may opt out if they have equivalent coverage with another health plan.

Funding is available for those who qualify for the Adult Upgrading Grant ‌through UFV Financial Aid and Awards. Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid office at least four weeks before classes start.

Upgrading courses are tuition-free at UFV

If you are a domestic student, Adult Basic Education and English Language Studies courses are tuition-free. And you may qualify for a grant to cover other costs.

Apply now


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