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One of the top five universities in Canada and the top 100 in the world, the University of Alberta (UAlberta) is a large, immersive and inspirational institution.

There are more than 200 undergraduate programs and 18 faculties across five campuses. Over 36,000 students call UAlberta home, with international students making up 7,000 of them. There are more than 130 nationalities represented at the university.

Founded in 1908, UAlberta has a strong history of innovative teaching. This has consequently built its international reputation as a leading university. It consistently fares well in global university rankings and stands out in many subject areas.

International students will feel at home on campus, as the dedicated International Student Services team is very helpful and friendly. Students can choose from a variety of on-campus accommodations to suit their needs, as well as be awarded for academic excellence in the form of scholarships.

There is plenty to get involved in outside of study time. Many students are attracted to UAlberta because of its diverse and vibrant location. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, students can enjoy a young, vibrant city with a strong and dynamic economy. The north campus is above the beautiful North Saskatchewan river valley, one of the continent’s biggest urban parklands, where students can bike, hike, ski, and much more.

The university strives to create an empowering student experience that prepares individuals to make a positive difference to the world after they graduate. UAlberta has one of the highest graduate employment rates in Canada, and the province of Alberta has the highest average salaries in the country.

What’s new

What’s new

The University of Alberta has made a strong impression in the most recent QS World University Rankings. Subjects including sports, mining engineering and nursing are recognized as especially strong, and help secure the university’s place among the top Canadian and global universities.

Released in early 2019, the rankings have placed UAlberta in the top ten for sports-related subjects for the third consecutive year.

In the minerals and mining engineering category, the university has climbed to 12th place from 14th in 2018. In the nursing category, UAlberta’s programs rank within the top 25 for each year QS has produced this ranking.

The university has impressively ranked within the top 50 for seven different subject areas, with 16 in the top 100 and 36 in the top 250. This excellent performance is a testament to the quality of education which UAlberta provides.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Regularly recognized by university rankings across the world, the University of Alberta is well-known for its high-quality research and teaching. More than CAD 513 million is externally invested into the university’s research every year.

All of UAlberta’s faculties stand out academically in their own way, with professors who are passionate about their subject areas as well as providing leading education. UAlberta professors have received 41 3M teaching fellowships - Canada’s highest honor for post-secondary faculty - which is the most among all Canadian universities.

The Faculty of Education has placed within the top four faculties of its kind in Canada for four consecutive years. The Faculty of Engineering has an esteemed global alumni network which is known for its commitment to improving issues in society. The Faculty of Science has an academic team which has won many awards, with several members being part of national organizations such as the Royal Society of Canada.



Spread over five campuses, the University of Alberta has 18 faculties with many research centers and institutes.

  • Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Alberta School of Business
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Augustana Campus (Fine arts, humanities, physical education, science, and social sciences)
  • Campus Saint-Jean (French-language faculty)
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Extension
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Faculty of Native Studies
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
  • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • School of Public Health
  • Faculty of Science

There are also two affiliated colleges, namely St. Joseph's College and St. Stephen's College.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

For admission to the University of Alberta, international students will need to meet the academic and language requirements. Each program will have specific academic entry requirements and students are advised to check the entry criteria for their chosen course of study. Certain courses at UAlberta do allow for credit transfer and recognition of prior qualifications/study.

All programs at UAlberta are taught in English, apart from at Campus Saint-Jean where programs are taught in French.

There are a number of ways students can meet the English language requirements. They can:

  • Successfully complete an English Language Proficiency test
  • Prove prior education taken in the English language at a recognized institution
  • Successfully complete the Bridging Program

Students will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent.



With eleven student housing options on the University of Alberta campus, including three specialized for first-year students, there is plenty to suit everyone’s needs. Campus accommodation offers a safe and easy way for students to enjoy university life, meet new people and get involved with the countless social activities. New international students who apply before April 30 are guaranteed on-campus accommodation for their first year.

Many exciting social events are held throughout the year including comedy nights, movie nights, farmers’ markets, International Week, and Sustainability Week. Foodies will be delighted with the dining options on campus as well as areas nearby. Students will be able to find cuisines from all over the world, as well as must-try Canadian delicacies.

UAlberta is home to Canada’s second largest research library system, with over five million titles and 7.5 million volumes. Students will benefit from the hundreds of laboratories, including over 100 institutes and centers on campus.

Students can get involved with their favorite sports, try new things, or simply enjoy the community spirit the university has during sports events. Many sports teams win competitions throughout the year – and all students can watch on-campus games for free.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Alberta awards over CAD 28 million in financial support for the benefit of undergraduate and graduate students each year. Most scholarships are awarded for academic excellence.

Scholarships for international students include:

International Entrance Leadership Scholarship

CAD 5,000 is awarded to eligible students with an admission average of over 80% who can demonstrate leadership qualities. Application is required.

International Student Scholarship

Up to CAD 9,000 is awarded to eligible students for academic excellence. No application is required.

University of Alberta International Country Scholarship

Up to CAD 5,000 is awarded to eligible students for academic excellence, with preference given to students in target regions. No application is required.

Campus Saint-Jean International Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to eligible students who are studying on Campus Saint-Jean for academic excellence and can demonstrate financial need. No application is required.

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