Transition Year Program

Important Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have extended the TYP application deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year to June 15, 2020.

Download the application form - [PDF - 98KB]

Transition Year Program Students

Get ready to live your university dreams

Do you dream of earning a university degree, but worry you might not have what it takes? Dalhousie’s Transition Year Program might be exactly what you’re looking for—this eight-month program is designed to prepare you for all aspects of academic life. Students receive university credit for the TYP courses.

Explore your potential and push your limits

The Transition Year Program requires hard work and focus, but the results are well worth it. You’ll be challenged and supported, and you may be surprised at what you can accomplish. Past students have gone on to complete degrees in architecture, nursing, law, social work and more.

Practical skills for proven success

The program launched in 1970 with the goal of increasing the successful participation of Black and Indigenous students at Dalhousie University. The program has been helping students successfully prepare for university ever since. During the program, you will:

  • Develop essay writing and research skills
  • Gain (or re-gain) foundational math and English skills
  • Learn to study effectively and manage your workload
  • Earn the confidence to succeed in an academic environment

Putting the student first

The Transition Year Program is welcoming and accessible to students who are ready to make a commitment to learning. Financial support, including living allowance, is available to qualified applicants. When you successfully complete the eight-month program, you receive a tuition fee waiver for your undergraduate degree.



We offer courses that are designed to give you the academic and life skills foundation you need for a successful transition to the academic university environment. Required courses include:

Academic Writing

Develop university-level writing, research and communication skills.

Black Studies

Survey the economic, social and political structures of the Black experience. 


Learn to think critically, read with purpose and write clear, grammatically correct essays.


Gain a good foundation in diverse math skills, including algebra, graphing and statistics.

Native Studies

Explore historic and contemporary policies and practices that influence Aboriginal communities.

Strategies for University Learning

Practice and apply study skills and self-management strategies to increase productivity.

Download application form - [PDF - 98 KB]

How to register

  1. Download the application form [PDF - 98 KB].
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Provide your resume.
  4. Complete a personal statement.
  5. Provide 3 references.
  6. Provide academic transcripts. 
  7. Submit all documents via regular mail or fax.


Isaac Saney
Transition Year Program director

Wanda Ince
Transition Year Program assistant

Flexible admission criteria

It’s not all about your high school marks. The Transition Year Program welcomes students of diverse backgrounds, ages and experience, and each application is reviewed on its own merits. Overall maturity and seriousness of purpose are vital components to success. Find out more.