Transition Year Program

The University of Alberta is to encouraging Aboriginal students in their work towards a degree.

If you are an Aboriginal student who does not meet the competitive admission requirements, the Transition Year Program (TYP) may be right for you. In this program, you start your first year of studies in a program specially designed with extra tutorial support in every class to help you succeed with the transition to university-level studies. 

The courses you take during the transition year must include specific courses required for the program you want to enter. At the end of that year, you then apply to the program you want. You will be admitted if you have succeeded in your courses in the TYP.

In order to apply to the Transition Year Program, you must be an Aboriginal applicant, 18 years old, have a minimum mark of 50% in each required subject, and have a minimum overall average of 60%. You will also need between two and five high school subjects, depending on which degree you want to complete. 

The Transition Year Program is available to you if you are interested in programs in the following Faculties:

  • Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Native Studies
  • Nursing
  • Physical Education
  • Science

Admission requirements are detailed in the University Calendar.

For more information, visit or phone our advisors: 

Aboriginal Student Services Centre
2-400 Students' Union Building,
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2E1
Phone: 780-492-5677
Fax: 780-492-1674