University of AlbertaThe U of A welcomes the best and brightest students from around the world, with scholarships and awards available specifically for international students. Across five campuses you will discover some of Canada's finest facilities for research, athletics, academics, and student life.
- 18 faculties | 5 campuses
- 37,000 students
- 2,531 full-time international students from 130 countries
- 200 undergraduate programs
- 400 research laboratories
- US $1.1 billion in new building construction
- 170 graduate programs
- external research funding of $US 350 million
- 295 international linkages and exchanges in 51 countries
- founded in 1908
- canada's 2nd largest research library system
The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, Alberta's capital city. Edmonton is a large city with over one million people and offers Canada's best combination of hot economy and quality of life. The city's atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with friendly people and clean, safe streets.
Poised at the edge of the North Saskatchewan River valley and only minutes from downtown, the main U of A campus is conveniently located in the centre of the city. There is a major Light Rail Transit (subway) station right on the main campus, granting easy access to Edmonton's many attractions.
Edmonton is lively and exciting with many festivals, concerts, museums, and sporting events throughout the year. Along with the vibrant social scene, you'll find that Edmonton is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, with the river valley stretching through the heart of the city and the Rocky Mountains just a few hours away.
Edmontonians are known for their diverse multiculturalism. Along with hundreds of ethnic restaurants and shops throughout the city, you will discover vibrant and welcoming cultural communities.
Students at U of A enjoy a variety of accommodations from furnished, traditional dormitory-style rooms to unfurnished apartments, townhouses, and houses.
Residences on the North (main) Campus that are open to first-year students include:
- Lister Centre, which provides furnished dormitory rooms and a meal plan
- HUB, where unfurnished apartments with up to four bedrooms surround the campus mall
- International House, where Canadian and international students live in single, furnished dormitory rooms as part of a unique environment focused on global awareness
Residences located off of the North (main) Campus that are open to first-year students include:
- Residence Saint-Jean, which is located at Campus Saint-Jean and offers single dormitory rooms with private washrooms to CSJ students
- Augustana Residence, which is located on the Augustana campus in Camrose, Alberta and offers furnished dormitory rooms for up to two people
English language proficiency requirements
Completion of EAP 145 at the Canadian College will meet the English language proficiency required but students must apply separately with all supporting academic documents for entry into the University of Alberta undergraduate program. CCEL staff will assist with this process.
Tuition and cost of living
Work while studying
U of A students have great opportunities to gain work experience:
- Working on campus: There are many services and businesses on campus that hire students, including restaurants, shops, and university offices.
- Off-campus Work Program: International students who are in good academic standing and have completed six months of full-time studies are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week off-campus and up to 40 hours per week during holidays. www.international.ualberta.ca/offcampuswork
- Cooperative Work Programs: You can have the chance to complete a work term as part of your degree and get work experience related to your field.
- Academic Internships and Work Experience Programs: Various academic programs offer paid or unpaid work opportunities to give you practical and real-world experience related to your field. www.international.ualberta.ca/workstudy
The International Centre works to meet the needs and interests of international students and the global community. You are always welcome to drop in to relax, unwind, and socialize! From day one you will have access to a multitude of services and resources. The International Centre offers personal advice on immigration as well as financial and academic issues. You'll also enjoy the International Centre's many social activities and extracurricular programs.