Bridging Year

Bridging Year (BY) is a one-year 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)
  • 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.



The Bridging Year program is open to any Canadian status First Nations student who meet one of the following criteria:

  • High School Graduate
  • Mature Student (as defined in the UNB undergraduate calendar)

Note on reapplying: If unsuccessful in the Bridging Year program, students must wait one academic year before being eligible to apply.

Required Documentation for Applying

  • UNB Application Form (Please complete and return with the included application fee (payable to University of New Brunswick) to the Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre)
  • References: UNB Recommendation for Admission to Bridging Year Form (Note: Have two people holding responsible positions in the field of education (School Principal / Teacher) complete the forms and have them return it directly to MWC)
  • Official Transcripts: Have the school you last attended, mail an official copy of your transcript directly to MWC)


After your application is received, the Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre will contact and schedule an interview with you. If a personal interview is not possible, a telephone interview will be conducted. During the interview, MWC will ask you about your academic interests and goals in relation to the Bridging Year curriculum and the degree programs of the university.


If you have any questions about the Bridging Year program, please contact our Bridging Year coordinator.