Find out what to consider before applying to a post-secondary institution in Alberta
Before You Apply
Find out how to get the post-secondary learning you need to succeed. Our resources can help you create a post-secondary pathway that reflects where you are and how you want to grow.
Meeting Admission Requirements
Whether you're still in high school, working to upgrade or finish your high school education, or are looking for formal training in a field you've already worked in for years, these program options can help you meet post-secondary admission requirements.
High School Programs -these programs and courses can help you earn credits towards your high school diploma while also preparing you for further post-secondary learning
Foundational Learning - if you're looking for pre-high school, literacy and essential skills programs, community adult learning programs throughout the province offer non-credit, part-time, informal learning options and support that can launch you on your path to further learning
Investigate tuition costs and other expenses associated with completing your post-secondary studies. If the tuition feels out of reach for you right now, consider if your program is offered at another institution, or if there is an opportunity to start at one institution and transfer to another to complete your studies. This will help you plan a budget that reflects your current situation.
Exploring Transfer Options
There are many reasons why you may choose to transfer between post-secondary programs or institutions. Some choose to start their degree through a university transfer program, where they transfer to a new institution partway through their studies to complete their learning. Or you could take a course that inspires you to pursue a different career altogether. There are several different ways to transfer your education to an Alberta post-secondary institution or program.
University Transfer Programs - take up to the first two years of a university transfer program through in-person or online courses, and transfer to another institution for the final portion of a degree program
Transferring to a Different Post-Secondary Program - if you change your mind partway through your post-secondary studies, find out how your institution will evaluate the credits you've already earned to see what can be applied to your new program of study
Use the Transfer Alberta Search tool to see which programs and courses could be transferable to your post-secondary program or institution. If you can’t find your course, program or learning provider, contact the post-secondary institution you want to attend to see if you meet their admission criteria.
After you've identified admission requirements and transfer options for your post-secondary program and institution, you're ready to apply. How you apply depends on where you want to go, and what you want to study. Post-secondary admissions are competitive, so apply early and provide as much relevant information as you can in your application.