Bridging Year

Program Details

Bridging Year (BY) is a eight month program for First Nations students who want to attend university but do not yet have the required high school courses to qualify for admission.

Through the program, students upgrade the high school courses that are required for admission, while at the same time, taking university credit courses that count toward the UNB undergraduate degree program that they choose to pursue after completing the BY program.

Successful completion of the Bridging Year program guarantees acceptance into any undergraduate UNB degree program with the exception of Law and Education. Any eligible university credit courses are transferred to the selected degree program.

UNB Degree Programs

Upon successful completion of the Bridging Year program, students continue on into the UNB undergraduate degree program of their choice within the following UNB faculties:

  • Arts (BA/BAA)
  • Business Administration (BBA)
  • Computer Science (BCS/BISys)
  • Engineering (BScE)
  • Forestry & Environmental Management (BScF/BScENR)
  • Kinesiology (BScKin/BRSS)
  • Nursing (BN) *(3.0 GPA required)
  • Science (BSc)

Note: Most undergraduate degree programs require four years of study after Bridging Year.

Course Schedule

Course schedules are individually tailored to each First Nations students' academic needs. The typical schedule will include one to two Bridging Year courses and one to two university credit courses for a total of 4 courses per term.

Bridging Year Courses:

Students take the necessary high school equivalent courses for admission to the UNB undergraduate degree program of their choice. An example of some of the courses that can be taken are the following:

  • BY105N - English
  • BY106N - Mathematics
  • BY107N - Biology
  • BY108N - Chemistry
  • BY109N - Physics

University Credit Courses:

Students also take UNB credit courses while they are upgrading their high school requirements, and those credits earned can count toward their future degree. An example of some of the courses that can be taken are the following:

  • Aspects of Maliseet & Mi'kmaq Culture
  • Wabanaki Worldviews (History)
  • Introduction to Mi'kmaq and/or Maliseet Languages
  • Intermediate Mi'kmaq and/or Maliseet Languages
  • Oral Communications (Speaking Practice)
  • Fundamentals of Clear Writing
  • Fundamentals of Effective Writing
  • Information and Communications Technology 1 & 2

A full listing and description of Bridging Year and university credit courses are found in the UNB Undergraduate Academic Calendar.