Indigenous Students

Michael Swampy tossing a ball at Education Centre South(ED)

Start Getting Inspired

Michael, from Maskwakis, AB (Samson Cree Nation), recently completed the Education/Kinesiology combined degree and is now working as a high school teacher, basketball coach, and youth mentor.

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory and respects the history, languages, and cultures of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, whose presence continues to enrich our institution.

A Welcoming Community

Come join us! We are home to a growing and vibrant community of over 1,200 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.

Watch the video to learn more about how three of our students found their place at the University of Alberta.

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Student Groups

Learn more about some of the Indigenous student groups and clubs on campus:

Faculty of Native Studies

Did you know? The University of Alberta is home to the only independent Faculty of Native Studies in Canada, offering a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and a Certificate in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership, as well as several combined degrees.

Explore all our programs

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First Peoples' House

First Peoples' House is the hub of the Indigenous student community on campus and provides an environment of empowerment through dedicated programs, services, advising, staff, and scholarships.

Initiatives include Bridges Orientation, a welcoming ceremony, a Round Dance, drop-in tea & bannock, a student social space and computer lab, tutoring and advising services, Elders on campus, and Honouring ceremonies at graduation.

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Transition Year Program

The Transition Year Program (TYP) is for Indigenous students who may not be prepared to enter a faculty through the regular admissions route. TYP is not an upgrading program-it's a full-time, on-campus program that sets you up to enter a degree program in your second year.

The program has both academic and cultural components and will provide you with a strong network of support by getting to know other students in a small, intimate learning environment.

Delaney Lothian photographed in front of the Office of the Registrar building

Scholarships and Awards

The University of Alberta offers numerous scholarships, awards, and financial supports for Indigenous students:

Indigenous Entrance Scholarship
This scholarship for Indigenous students recognizes outstanding academic achievement in high school.

Faculty and Department awards
Many faculties at the University of Alberta also offer additional scholarships for Indigenous students.

First Peoples' House
First Peoples' House lists additional awards and funding options on their website.

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Funding and Payment

You may have the opportunity to attend university while being funded by your Band or a third party. Check out some of the resources below:

Events for Prospective Students

Indigenous Student Discovery Day

Tour campus and residence, meet other Indigenous students, and learn about program options, admission requirements, student services, and more!