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Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program (Psychology BA, BSc)

For Bachelor of Arts or Science (BA, BSc) applicants


Saturday, October 21
10 a.m. to 4 p.m

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1 to 2 years
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
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What is the Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program?

Pronunciation: Gaa-Yay-Ree Knee-Gaa-Way-Raa-Geh

The Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program is a path to university education for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students who do not meet Concordia’s conventional admission requirements.

Through the Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program, you will complete the courses needed for your desired program while building your capacity for academic success through classes in academic writing, study skills and time management. Each course will be taken as a cohort, allowing you to build community throughout your three terms. Support systems designed to facilitate your transition into university and Montreal life are built into each level of this program, including experiential learning opportunities through the Otsenhákta Student Centre and mentorship through a seminar.

Program highlights

  • Complete prerequisite courses for the Psychology program
    (math and science courses for the BSc)
  • Build relationships with other Indigenous students
  • Enjoy experiential learning opportunities through the Otsenhákta Student Centre 
  • Experience Indigenous mentorship

Program structure

Bachelor of Arts

  • Duration: one year, two terms (fall, winter)
  • Credits: full-time, 24 credits

Bachelor of Science

  • Duration: one and a half years (three terms)
  • Credits: full-time, 38 credits

You will be enrolled in the prerequisite courses needed to transition into either the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Psychology program, including the math and science courses required for the BSC, an introduction to psychology course, and two writing courses. Unique to the bridging program is a year-long seminar course designed for Indigenous students, with the goal of addressing your academic and holistic needs in a safe setting.

Admission criteria

Applicants to the Kaié:ri Nikawerà:ke Indigenous Bridging Program must meet the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must be First Nations, Inuit or Métis peoples whose communities are located in Canada. Applicants must submit proof of Indigenous identity, citizenship, and age.
  2. Applicants must prove their potential to undertake undergraduate courses, despite not meeting the typical academic requirements.
  3. Applicants must have been out of school — that is not engaged in full-time study — for at least 12 months since attaining the age of 18. Applicants who have been out of school for less than 12 months are also admissible provided that they have had no unfavourable academic record in the previous 12 months.
  4. Applicants must submit school records and any material which may indicate ability to pursue university studies.
  5. Some students may require courses in English as a Second Language, as determined by language proficiency testing. Refer to Concordia’s English language proficiency guidelines to check eligibility.

Applicants whose academic background qualifies them for regular admission are not eligible for the bridging program.

NOTE: Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Meeting these conditions may not guarantee admission into the bridging program.

Application deadlines

Coming soon.

After the bridging program

Upon successful completion of the program terms, you will move into the BA or BSc Psychology program without needing to reapply for admission. Moving forward, you will be able to:

  • Study psychology with competent academic and university skills
  • Identify resources on campus for your personal and professional success
  • Connect with a supportive community of Indigenous students and professionals

Psychology programs to bridge into

Tuition and funding

The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through our five (5) easy steps.

Bursaries for students in financial need are available upon admission into the program.
Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Interested in student housing?

If you require housing, email the program coordinator once you submit your application to discuss your housing options.

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