First Nations’ Transition Program

The First Nations’ Transition Program (FNTP) is a first year credit program, offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science, that provides First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) students who are not fully admissible to the University of Lethbridge an opportunity to enter into, and succeed at, the university level by providing a solid foundation of core skills in a supportive cohort environment that attends to Aboriginal ways of knowing and learning. In addition to access to university courses, the program provides cultural and peer support, advising and academic skills development to create a positive first year experience that positions students for success in further undergraduate studies of their choice. When space permits, those who qualify for general admission may also access the FNTP. This is a full-time university program that may qualify for loans and other sources of funding.

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must have been enrolled in high school until grade twelve OR have been out of high school for at least one year and, at a minimum, hold credit for the following Alberta high school courses or their equivalents:

One academic English Language Arts course chosen from:
 
English Language Arts 20-1
 
English Language Arts 30-2
Three academic courses chosen from:
 
Aboriginal Studies 20
 
Biology 20
 
Chemistry 20
 
One Fine Arts course:
 
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Art 30 or Art 31
 
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Dance 35
 
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Drama 30
 
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Choral Music 30, General Music 30, or Instrumental Music 30
 
Mathematics 20-1 or Mathematics 20-2
 
Physics 20
 
Science 20
 
Social Studies 20-1 or Social Studies 30-2
 
A 20-level language

 

Enrolment in the FNTP is limited. Students may be contacted by the Admissions Office or the Faculty of Arts and Science for further information.

Students are encouraged to complete a range of 30-level high school courses, or equivalent, before application. Some option courses within the transition program have specific high school prerequisites (see Course Descriptions for details).

Students who complete the minimum course requirements of the FNTP and meet the Faculty of Arts and Science academic standards required for continuation (see Arts and Science in the University of Lethbridge Undergraduate Calendar and Course Catalogue), will be admitted to any Arts and Science undergraduate program for which they have the required prerequisite courses (see Program Availability and Required Qualifications). Those completing the FNTP with a GPA of at least 2.00 will be considered to have met general admission requirements for programs in the Faculties of Fine Arts, Health Sciences, or Management (see Continuing Students). Some programs have additional admission requirements or higher standards for entry that must be met before admission will be considered.

More information on the First Nations’ Transition Program is available from the Faculty of Arts & Science.