Transition Year Program

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The Transition Year Program (TYP) is a University access program for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit 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 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students for admission into one of the following nine faculties:


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

  • Provide proof of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit 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

Applicants in Alberta, Nunavut, and NWT should review the following information:

Out-of-Province Applicants

Out-of-Province Applicants should review the following documents:

Application Deadlines

  • September start: Applications accepted November 1 - May 1
  • January start (Arts and Native Studies routes only): Applications accepted August 1 - October 1

My Experience with the U of A’s Transition Year Program

TYP Student MorningStar shares their experience with the TYP program and First Peoples' House resources for Indigenous students. Read their story.

Learn more about the Transition Year Program

Watch as the TYP team and students describe the Transition Year Program and its support of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students.

Brian Young 

First Nation - Bigstone Cree Nation
Faculty of Native Studies

The Transition Year Program was a stepping stone into figuring out what I really want to pursue academically. I want to pursue a career in law because my main goal is to give back to my community and provide programs that will benefit the people in Wabasca. I fell in love with the Faculty of Native Studies because they offered the courses that suited my needs in figuring out historical and present-day issues Indigenous people face.