Transition Year Program

The Transition Year Program (TYP) is a University access program for Aboriginal students who may not be prepared to enter a faculty through the regular admissions route. This is not an upgrading program, but a full-time University of Alberta program in Open Studies.

The objective of the program is to prepare Aboriginal students for admission into one of the following nine faculties:

  • Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences (BSC)
  • Arts (BA)
  • Business (BCom)
  • Education - Elementary or Secondary Route (BEd)
  • Engineering (BSC)
  • Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation (BKin) or (BARST)
  • Native Studies (NA NS)
  • Nursing (BScN)
  • Science (BSC)


In order to be considered for admission to the Transition Year Program (TYP), applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Provide proof of Aboriginal Ancestry
  • Present marks of at least 50% in required high school courses
  • Present the minimum overall average in required high school courses. The competitive program averages vary between 65% - 75% for Science, Engineering, Nursing, Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, and ALES
  • A minimum mark of 65% in English 30-1 is considered competitive

University of Alberta - TYP (Transition Year Program)

Applicants in Alberta, Nunavut, and NWT
Review the following documents:

Out-of-Province Applicants
Review the following documents: