Qualico Bridge to Success Program

Supporting first year Indigenous student success

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is pleased to offer the Qualico Bridge to Success Program. The goal of this program is to facilitate the transition of new Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis) students into post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba by offering peer-orientation activities, academic learning support, advising, peer-mentoring and special events that will enhance the first year experience. There is no cost to participate in this program.

The Qualico Bridge to Success Program nurtures the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional strengths of Indigenous students so they can be as successful as possible in their first year of study. 

Who is considered a Qualico Bridge to Success student?
Any student who completes three or more activities between August-April will be considered a Qualico Bridge to Success student. Being a QBTS student at the end of the academic year will qualify students for tuition prize draws, give-aways and more. There will also be incentives provided throughout the year to use QBTS resources.

Activities include:

  • Attend a summer boot camp (late August)
  • Enroll in reserved lecture/lab section of ARTS 1110 (TBA)
  • Join the Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor Program
  • Attend at least one appointment with our reading specialist
  • Attend a Career Planning Workshop delivered for QBTS
  • Attend a Study Night organized specifically for QBTS
  • Attend a Wellness activity organized specifically for QBTS
  • Attend a study night in the fall or winter term
  • Attend the End of Year event for a chance to win a tuition prize and more

ARTS 1110 (Introduction to University): Each fall term a section of ARTS 1110 is reserved for students in the QBTS program. Registering for this section (TBD) will require special permission. Please contact Carla at carla.loewen@umanitoba.ca or phone (204) 291-5257 to request permission. ARTS 1110 (Introduction to University) is designed to help students make the transition to university by imparting the knowledge, skills, and attitudes requisite for success in university study. The reserved student lab section must be taken with a corresponding lecture section, which is scheduled in each Fall term on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Registration for September 2018 begins in mid-July.

How to apply to QBTS

You can register for the program HERE.

Interested QBTS applicants are welcome to contact the Indigenous Student Centre at any stage of the admission process. Students will also be notified about this program once they have applied to the University of Manitoba. There is no cost to join this program and all program components are free except for the associated tuition costs for ARTS 1110.

Benefits of the Qualico Bridge to Success Program:

  • Be part of your student community
  • Dedicated student advisor support
  • Opportunity to access supplemental academic resources
  • Opportunity for financial wellness learning
  • Participation can be included on applications for scholarships, bursaries or jobs


  • Students can join if they are full or part-time
  • Students can still attend a boot camp if starting classes in January
  • Students can still be part of the program if they cannot attend a boot camp
  • The only deadlines are signing up for a boot camp prior to your preferred date and registering for ARTS 1110 by the end of the revision period (September 19, 2018)

If you have any questions about the Qualico Bridge to Success Program or would like to talk to a student advisor, please contact Carla Loewen at:
Indigenous Student Centre
Migizii Agamik, Bald Eagle Lodge