Indigenous University Preparation Program (IUPP)

Opening pathways

The Indigenous University Preparation Program (IUPP) at Simon Fraser University helps you pave the way for a successful transition to undergraduate studies. Our program offers first-year academic credit courses that integrate humanities and social sciences with Indigenous perspectives.


FALL 2020, September 8, 2020 - December 20, 2020
(11 Units):

  • FNST 101-3: Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • FASS 120-2: Learning Strategies for Academic Success
  • FASS 110/FASS 110W-4: Explorations in the Arts and Social Sciences
  • FAN X91-2 (Part 1): Foundations of Analytic and Quantitative Reasoning (Foundations course)

SPRING 2021,  January 1, 2020 - April 26, 2020
(13 Units):

  • FAL X99-4: Foundations of Academic Literacy (Foundations course)
  • EDUC 100W-3: Selected Questions and Issues in Education
  • HSCI 130-4: Foundations of Health Science
  • FAN X92-2 (Part 2): Foundations of Analytic and Quantitative Reasoning (Foundations course)

* Subjet to minor changes in FALL 2021

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 with full transfer units.*
  • Normally, a GPA of 2.8 will guarantee direct admission to SFU plus access to a paid Summer Student Research Assitanceship.

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 first meet at a minimum 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).

Mailing address

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

IUPP contacts

Dr. Antonieta Mar-y-paz Rivera
Associate Director, Indigenous University Preparation Program
   (778) 782-4089
   RCB 8107