Indigenous University Bridging Program

The Indigenous University Bridging Program is a university preparation program for students of Indigenous ancestry. It's designed to meet the needs of Indigenous students who are preparing to pursue post-secondary education.

The program offers three levels of study designed for students requiring advanced upgrading with a concentration in Math and English. These core subjects are supplemented with Indigenous cultural courses, university preparation courses, and post-secondary arts and science courses. All levels are supported by tutorial services, academic and personal advising, social events and visits from community members.


  • To help meet the educational needs of Indigenous peoples
  • To promote a culturally appropriate educational program that enhances the educational experience of Indigenous peoples
  • To enhance cross-cultural understanding within an institutional setting
  • To provide a positive learning environment that promotes success


For detailed descriptions of the courses offered, please see the Mount Royal University course listings.


Fall applications
Accepted between February 1 and May 16.

Winter applications
Accepted between September 15 and November 15.


1. Self-identify as having Indigenous ancestry.

2. Successful completion of grade 9/10 or better through high school or upgrading programs.

How to apply

Step 1: Watch the information slideshow or attend an information session (see dates below). Participants are invited to register for an information session, or they can come to the Iniskim Centre in T110 before 9:45 a.m. to be taken by a staff member to the session.

Choose one of the following dates to attend an information session:
Winter 2024 — Information Sessions
Date Time


Sept. 22, 2023 10 a.m. to noon

In person. Register.

Oct. 20, 2023 10 a.m. to noon

In person. Register.

Nov. 3, 2023 10 a.m. to noon

Online. Register.

Fall 2024 — Information Sessions
Date Time Location
Feb. 16, 2024 10 a.m. to noon In person. Registration coming soon.
March 8, 2024 10 a.m. to noon Online. Registration coming soon.
March 29, 2024 10 a.m. to noon In person. Registration coming soon.
April 12, 2024 10 a.m. to noon Online. Registration coming soon.
May 3, 2024 10 a.m. to noon In person. Registration coming soon.

 Step 2: Complete the Indigenous University Bridging Program application.

Step 3: Submit the application along with final, official transcripts from every educational institution you have previously attended. Students meeting the criteria for this program will be sent a letter of acceptance and an academic plan within three weeks of applying. Applicants who are seeking funding should apply at least one month in advance of their respective funding deadline.

Step 4: Use the acceptance letter to secure funding.

Step 5: Register for classes.

*NOTE: Enrolment to this program is limited and final admission is based on the above criteria, as well as available seats.

Other Information

There are no fees for applying to the Indigenous University Bridging Program.

Contact us

Christy Lowrance

Interim Program Administrator, Indigenous University Bridging Program 
403.440.5040  |

Tori McMillan
Interim Director, Iniskim Centre
403.440.6020  |

Iniskim Centre

About the Iniskim Centre

The Iniskim Centre offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while also raising awareness of Indigenous peoples and cultures. 

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Îyârhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis, which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

We recognize and respect the diversity of all Indigenous peoples of Canada. We also increase awareness of distinct Indigenous cultures, history and protocols across the University.