Mini-University Program

Mini-U 2017 Group Photo

COVID-19 Update

We are still offering Mini-U this year! While we aren't able to physically come to campus, we will be creating an online community of youth from across Turtle Island and current Indigenous student mentors. 

Our program will be using Zoom conferencing and Microsoft teams to bring the university experience directly to you! The Mini U team will be working with community members and campus partners to bring you a variety of workshops from cultural teachings, mock lectures, and interactive activities. 

Each program, Crane and Otter, will have workshops spread out over the course of two weeks. All necessary items to partipate in the program will be mailed to your house before the program begins. 

Crane (Ages 14-17): TBD

Otter (Ages 12-14): TBD

Technological support is available to you! 

There are 30 spots available in each program and there wil be no registration fee this year!

Fill out you application online 

What is Mini-University?

Every summer, the Indigenous Student Centre offers its annual experiential learning opportunity, Mini-University Program. During this program youth stay on campus for up to one week in residence. The program is divided into two groups, Crane ages 14-17 and Otter ages 12-14. Throughout the program, youth participants engage in interactive learning on-campus with professors, researchers, university students, and community members. Academic program options and pathways to university are highlighted, and students have a unique experience of living in residence and being exposed to university facilities including state of the art research laboratories and the athletics and recreational centre. To apply for either week, complete this application form

Interested in Working at Mini U?

Are you a current Indigenous student at Western University? Working with Mini-University in the summer is a great way to get employment experience, build your leadership skills and work with incredible Indigenous youth! 

There are two roles available within the program: 
5 Mini-U Mentor Positions 
1 Team Leader Positions 
Check out this video to learn more about what to expect working for Mini U in 2021! 


Minu-U 2018 Cranes Group Photo

Mini-U 2018 Otters Group Photo