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.


We welcome First Nations, Métis and Inuit students to a university learning environment that affirms and integrates Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. You will join a cohort of like-minded Indigenous students and explore university together with Elders, mentors, tutors and instructors while taking courses which can transfer into first year university or college.

We also offer literacy and quantitative classes (non-academic credit) that will build your confidence.

Upon successful completion of the IUPP (2.5 GPA), you will be granted admission to SFU and your completed credits will count towards your undergraduate degree.

Are you...

  • A high school graduate? A mature student?
  • Considering going to university, but wanting to test it out first?
  • Someone who wants to learn more about math and writing?
  • Wanting to connect with a cohort group of Indigenous students in a cozy, safe, and supportive environment?
  • Looking to open doors to more learning and working opportunities?

You will gain:

  • A solid foundation of academic and personal success
  • Support from tutors, academic advisors and program staff
  • Academic units towards your undergraduate degree
  • Admission to SFU and a paid internship program
    (upon successful completion of the program; conditions apply)

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