PEISSA Program

The Pre-pathways to Education for Indigenous Students in Southern Alberta (PEISSA) program is designed to support Indigenous students in gaining the pre-requisite courses needed for admission into a program at the University of Calgary. Students eligible to access this program will be permitted to take up to four upgrading courses over one year. This funding is graciously provided through the UCalgary Students Union Quality Money Grant.

PEISSA and Culture

PEISSA will support students academically and culturally by providing opportunities for students to engage with an Indigenous Academic Advisor, Elders, and cultural activities. It is important to ensure that students are well supported throughout their academic experiences. By doing so, students will be able to navigate the postsecondary systems through culturally supportive environments.


The average cost for an Academic Preparation course is $510. The PEISSA program covers the entire cost of up to four courses per student within an academic year.

What courses are available?

Continuing Education's Academic Preparation program offers a wide range of upgrading courses available to students participating in PEISSA. Learn more about our upgrading courses...

Program Dates

September 2022 to August 2025

Course Load

Maximum of 4 Academic Preparation courses per student.

Supports and Services

PEISSA students will have access to the Indigenous Academic Advisor, Elders, and cultural supports.

Student Eligibility

To be considered for admission to PEISSA, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  1. Proof of Indigenous ancestry:
    • First Nations/Status Indian
    • First Nations/Non-Status Indian
    • Métis
    • Inuit

    If you require more information about proof of Indigenous ancestry, please see the Indigenous admissions process...

  2. Resident of Canada.

Application Process

  1. Students will need to complete the application for PEISSA and provide verification of Indigenous ancestry.

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  2. An Indigenous Academic Advisor will connect with students to develop an educational plan.

  3. The Indigenous Academic Advisor and Continuing Education's Student Services will enrol students into courses.

Application Deadlines

To start in... You must apply by...
Spring 2024 March 1, 2024
Summer 2024 May 1, 2024
Fall 2024 August 1, 2024
Winter 2025 December 1, 2025
Spring 2025 March 1, 2025
Summer 2025 May 1, 2025
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