IUPP: Curriculum

Opening pathways

The Indigenous University Preparation Pathway (IUPP) at Simon Fraser University helps Indigenous learners prepare and transition to undergraduate studies. Our pathway offers first-year academic credit courses that integrate humanities and social sciences with Indigenous perspectives.


IUPP is a hybrid pathway. Classes are generally offered in-person on Burnaby Campus, with remote availability.

During the summer, IUPP in collaboration with PIMS, offers the SFU Math Immersion Program for Indigenous Students (MIPIS), which prepares incoming IUPP students for university-level Math courses. MIPIS is a 4-week, 3-hour a day summer enrichment program designed to help Indigenous students improve their mathematics skills. The final goal of this camp is to encourage students to pursue more advanced courses in mathematics, and to help them gain more confidence in their ability to succeed in any field from Arts to STEM. This year the summer program is running from July 4 to July 29, 2022. 

FALL 2022 (11 Units):

  • INDG 101-3: Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • FASS 120-2: Learning Strategies for Academic Success
  • FAL X99-4: Foundations of Academic Literacy (Foundations course)
  • FAN X91-2 (Part 1): Foundations of Analytic and Quantitative Reasoning (Foundations course)

SPRING 2023 (13 Units):

  • EDUC 100W-3: Selected Questions and Issues in Education
  • HSCI 130-4: Foundations of Health Science
  • INDG 102-4: Indigenous Academic Research
  • FAN X92-2 (Part 2): Foundations of Analytic and Quantitative Reasoning (Foundations course)

* Subject to minor changes

TOTAL: 24 units over 8 courses
(16 academic units and 8 units of Foundations courses).

SFU considers students as being full-time students with a course load of nine units (credits) per term.

Upon completion of the IUPP

Normally, a GPA of 2.5 will guarantee direct admission to SFU and your completed credits will count towards your undergraduate degree.

Additional requirements for Faculties other than the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) may apply. For example, to transfer from FASS to the Faculty of Science, you must meet these specific admission requirements:

  • Minimum SFU CGPA of 2.00 (attained by successfully completing IUPP)
  • Minimum 12 units completed at SFU (attained by successfully completing IUPP)
  • Minimum of 3 Faculty of Science courses taken at SFU, with a minimum C+ in each of the three courses (one must be Math 150, 151, or 154).

IUPP contacts

Dr. Antonieta Mar-y-paz Rivera
Director, Indigenous University Preparation Pathway
RCB 8107

Audrey Heath
Indigenous Student Life Coordinator, Indigenous Student Centre & Indigenous University Preparation Pathway
AQ 2002

Mailing address

Robert C. Brown Hall (RCB) Room 8107
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6