Program Description

What to expect

The Transition Year Program (TYP) is intended to be a one year program for those students who require extra support transitioning to the university academic and social environment.

  • TYP is a student program intended exclusively for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students and has both academic and cultural components. Students are not graded on cultural practices but will be introduced to opportunities in the community, have access to Elders and hear cultural teachers speak in class...the path of your journey is up to you.
  • The program brings students together to create a smaller and more intimate learning environment. For those students intimidated by the thought of moving to an urban environment and being away from family and community, the university experience can be overwhelming. By getting to know other students experiencing the same challenges, TYP students can create a strong network of support.
  • TYP runs from September to the end of April. Some students will choose to enroll in spring course work after completing TYP but in most cases that is not required.
  • The Faculty of Native Studies has partnered with TYP to offer a Winter Term (January) admission for those interested in the Native Studies degree route.
  • Students will be enrolled in 4 courses each semester. One of these courses is University 101/102. This course is worth 1.5 credits (while most courses are 3 or 6 credits). This course may not fulfill any academic requirements for acquiring a degree. However, students in TYP will receive grades in this course based on research, essays, quizzes and participation and this grade will affect their overall GPA.
  • TYP English classes are unique; they focus on Aboriginal literature and, in addition to the regularly scheduled class, students are also registered for a tutorial hour immediately following the class where they work with dedicated Instructional Assistant to build stronger writing skills.
  • TYP students are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of tutorial sessions set up for most of the first year classes. These tutorial sessions are designed to encourage students to work in study groups, learn how to ask questions and acquire positive study habits.
  • Students' TYP fees pay for all of these resources as well as social and cultural events organized by the Aboriginal Student Services Centre. Making the campus feel more like a community and creating a home away from home helps TYP students to get the most out of their time at University.

Completion of TYP

The specific course and performance requirements to be considered for admission into each Faculty are decided in partnership with the TYP Coordinator. Program plans for each Faculty route are specific to each student's Faculty choice. Once classes are chosen, other Faculty routes are not an option in most cases. Thus, program planning is a necessary part of the Transition Year Program.

University 101/102

All TYP students are required to complete University 101/102.

University 101/102 is designed to provide students with the academic skills they require to be successful students. Topics such as time management, dealing with stress, budgeting, as well as navigating the campus and learning how to use the University Bear Tracks system is covered.

Performance Requirements

  • A GPA of 2.0, or a C is required to gain entry into most Faculties.
  • A GPA of 2.3 or higher is required for entrance into Business.
  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for entrance into Nursing.