Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter which week I go to SUNIA?

Nope! Both weeks have the same program, just register for whichever week works best for your schedule. However, you can only register for one week!

I Can't afford SUNIa - is there any way I can still come?

Yes! We have never turned down a student because they could not afford to attend our program. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries that are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need. Click here for information regarding funding, or contact our registrar, Alex Erickson, for more details.

Social Studies is one of my least favourite classes - will I still enjoy sunia?

Many of our past students (and counsellors!) have enjoyed SUNIA without having Social Studies be their favourite subject. People of all interests come to SUNIA - be that engineering, nursing, or political science! 

Are there classrooms at SUNIA? Do I have to study?

No! There's zero homework required for SUNIA - we'll teach you everything you need to know out at Seminar through hands-on learning. 

When should I sign up for SUNIA?

Although our registration deadline is July 1st, spots tend to fill up before then. Your best bet is to sign up sooner rather than later to guarantee yourself a spot. Registrations after we hit capacity may be wait-listed.

Who are SUNIA counsellors? How is student safety ensured?

Most of our counsellors are university-aged students, or recent high school graduates. Student safety is our top priority at SUNIA, and all counsellors are first aid certified. We maintain a 5:1 student to counsellor ratio, and all SUNIA counsellors are familiar with their surroundings at Goldeye and on the hikes.

Will I be camping in tents at SUNIA?

No, you will be staying in cabins at the Goldeye Centre. You just need to bring a sleeping bag! All of the buildings at Goldeye are heated and powered, with hot water on-site. Click here to learn more about our location.

Is the food good at SUNIA?

Yes! The fabulous staff at Goldeye Centre prepare all our meals fresh daily, with snacks and refreshments available throughout the day. Needless to say, many staff members leave SUNIA every year with a few extra pounds …

Can SUNIA accommodate for dietary restrictions?

SUNIA is able to accommodate for most dietary restrictions, but if you have any concerns or questions about our food or about other dietary restrictions, please contact our registrar, Alex Erickson.

Can SUNIA accommodate for disabilities?

SUNIA strives to be accessible for all of our students. If you have questions about accessibility at SUNIA, please contact our registrar, Alex Erickson.

How do I get to SUNIA?

For more information on transportation options to SUNIA, visit our location page.

How many students go to SUNIA?

60–70 students attend SUNIA each week.

Can I go to SUNIA more than once?

Nope, sorry! You can only attend once.

How old do I have to be to attend?

Students are high school aged, which means you can attend SUNIA if you're anywhere between exiting grade nine to exiting grade twelve. This roughly translates to a 14-19 age range. 

Are there any extra costs after the registration payments?

No. Transportation to and from Red Deer, hike transportation, accommodations, food, and even canoe usage is included in the price of SUNIA and will not cost you extra. The only additional cost is the purchase of SUNIA merchandise (including t-shirts and hoodies). However, this is optional.