Application Process

Rhiannon Arcand, First Nation - Enoch Cree Nation, Faculty of Native Studies and Faculty of Education

“Getting the opportunity to be involved on campus and being able to meet people from all walks of life is my favourite part of university life. TYP introduced me to a few people who I can call my lifelong friends.”

Jaylene Martial, First Nation, Faculty of Native Studies

“TYP allowed me the opportunity to go to university because I do not think I would have been able to get in otherwise. When I am done my Native Studies degree, I would like to apply at the University of Calgary for a Masters in Social Work.”

Deirdra Cutarm, First Nation - Ermineskin Cree Nation, Faculty of Arts

“TYP allowed me to adjust to the loneliness at University and build friendships that I still maintain, as well as connect with family members I normally would not have met.”

The Transition Year Program accepts applications for Fall and Winter Terms in the following admission cycles:

  • Fall Term: November 1 - May 1
  • Winter Term: August 1 - October 1

Step 1: Understand admission requirements

Make sure you understand and will potentially meet the admission requirements for the program route you are applying for. English 30-1 or equivalent is required for all program routes. More information on admission requirements is available here.

Step 2: Understand the requirements of the application

There are four types of documents you will need to submit with your application:

  • Letter of intent
  • Documentation of all previous education (official or unofficial transcripts)
  • Letters of reference (2)
  • Proof of Aboriginal identity

All documents must be submitted as readable scans/photocopies of documents in PDF format. All documents must also follow the specified file naming system as outlined in the TYP Application Checklist.


Step 3: Prepare

  • Start the process early. Speak with potential references about preparing their letters of support, and work on the personal information that is required.
  • Go through the checklist and ensure you complete all of the items.
  • Once you have gathered all necessary documents and information, assemble the information in one place electronically.

Step 4: Submit

  • Set aside 15 - 20 minutes to fill out the online application. Once you begin the online application, you will not be able to save and return to your application later.
  • Access the online application form and submit. If you chose to email, mail, fax, or submit in person any of your documents, your application will remain incomplete until you do so.