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 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. Tutorial services, academic and personal advising, social events and visits from community members support all levels.


  • 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 supports success


Please see the Mount Royal University course listings for detailed course descriptions, and upgrading courses offered. 


Fall applications
Accepted between February 1 and May 17.

Winter applications
Accepted between September 15 and November 15.



1. Self-identify as having Indigenous ancestry.

2. Academically prepared for Math 10C and English 20-1 or higher. Please note English 20-1 is only offered in the Fall semester.

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:
Fall 2024 — Information Sessions
Date Time Location
February 9, 2024 10 a.m. to noon

In person.

Register here.

March 8, 2024 10 a.m. to noon


Register here.

April 12, 2024 10 a.m. to noon


Register here.

May 3, 2024 10 a.m. to noon

In person.

Register here. 

Winter 2025 — Information Sessions
Date Time


September 2024 10 a.m. to noon

Registration is coming soon.

October 2024 10 a.m. to noon

Registration is coming soon.

November 2024 10 a.m. to noon

Registration is coming soon.

 Step 2: Complete the Indigenous University Bridging Program application.

  • Applications for Winter and Fall 2024 are closed. 

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 and available seats.

Other Information

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

Here's how to look up your Alberta Student Number.

Contact us

Nellyann Suchla
Program Assistant, Indigenous University Bridging Program
403.440.5015 |

Christy Lowrance
Interim Program Administrator, Indigenous University Bridging Program
403.440.5015 |


Iniskim Centre T110