Indigenous University Bridging Program

Indigenous University Bridging Program

Iniskim Centre takes the health and safety of students, staff, faculty, and visitors to campus very seriously and will no longer have face-to-face appointments with students. If you need to set up an online appointment, please contact the staff member to arrange it.


The Indigenous University Bridging Program is a university/college 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 which enhances the educational experience of Indigenous peoples
  • To enhance cross-cultural understanding within an institutional setting
  • To provide a positive learning environment which promotes success


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


Fall 2020 applications for the Indigenous University Bridging Programs are now closed. Applications for Winter 2020 will open in September.


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.

Step 2: Complete the Indigenous University Bridging Program application (only available during the application acceptance period).

Step 3: Submit the application along with your most recent transcript (high school and/or post-secondary). Contact information is found at the bottom of this page. Students meeting criteria will be sent a letter of acceptance and an academic plan.

Step 4: Use the acceptance letter to secure funding.

Step 5: Register into 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

Tori McMillan
Administrator, Indigenous University Bridging Program
403.440.6020  |

Fax: 403.440.7207

Mail: Mount Royal University c/o Iniskim Centre
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB
T3E 6K6

We are located in T110, on the first floor in T-Wing near Tim Hortons.

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.