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Study engineering at the University of Alberta

The University offers everything in an engineering program that you need for a successful career

Counted among the top 5 Canadian universities and in top 150 of the world*, the University of Alberta has created is known globally for its academically rich status. Add to it the prime location, in the city of Edmonton, which is popularly known as one of Canada’s strongest economies, studying here is a dream come true for many students. 

With more than 350 undergraduate programs available to choose from and the University enjoying high International Employability Ranking (#2 in Canada*), no wonder its graduates are always well-sought after by various employers. The University’s Faculty of Engineering is also famous for its globally renowned professors, state-of-the-art labs and teaching spaces, and highly specialised facilities and areas of research. 

University of Alberta

If you have been considering to enrol in an engineering program at the University of Alberta, here’s all you need to know: 

Popular engineering programs

The university offers 21 fully accredited undergraduate degrees and a wide range of graduate degrees. For students with little or no knowledge of the course, the university offers them to take a common first year of engineering courses and decide which specialisation to opt for. This helps them save their time and they do not need to re-apply. 

  • Undergraduate programs: Their undergraduate portfolio comprises of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering, Nanoengineering.

  • Masters programs: Their most popular engineering courses at masters level include Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Internetworking and Mechanical Engineering.

Study engineering at the University of Alberta


Eligibility criteria 

When evaluating applications, the University also examines the course content you’ve studied at your previous institutions. While here are the most common eligibility requirements, we recommend that you check specific requirements pertaining to your desired engineering course at the university. You can always reach out to your IDP counsellor who can help you understand the criteria in detail. 

1. For an undergraduate program

  • Class X results and predicted grades for Class XII (for both, CBSE and CISCE National Boards)

  • Class XII results within 10% of predicted grades or above minimum average, whatever is higher for final admission in the next intake 

  • 75% in CBSE or ISC English to meet the English language proficiency requirement, but it’s also recommended to take IELTS for visa purposes 

  • For Alberta Engineering school, engineering and science, students must have studied math in class XII

  • Class XI results and class XII’s predicted scores for early admissions; however, for the final admission, the final scorecard of class XII is required 

    (Note: This is applicable for students who have taken a state board exam) 

  • English language proficiency test results such as IELTS with an overall band of 6.5 with no module less than 5.5 

2. For a post-graduate program

  • A recognised undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 (60%; First Class Standing/Division; 7 out of 10)

  • A valid Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)/ Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score

  • English language proficiency test such as IELTS with an overall band of 7, with a minimum of band 6 in all modules 

  • Professional work experience

  • Statement of Intent 

  • Three letters of reference

  • Admissions interviews

Tuition Fee 

The minimum annual tuition fees you’ll have to pay to pursue an undergraduate engineering course is $30,757 (approx.) and masters course is $21,457(approx.)  

Scholarships available for international students

The university awards University of Alberta India Centenary Scholarships worth $20,000 payable over four years (open for all the fields). However, to secure this, you need:

  • Graduation from a high school in India with a minimum of 24 IB, AP, or A-Level credits at the time of course commencement 

  • Study permit with superior academic achievement from a high school in India to take admission in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Alberta 

  • Proof of academic and leadership qualities based on involvement in extracurricular and community activities

  • Letter of recommendation from a counsellor or teacher

For renewal of the funding for subsequent years, a student needs to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a full normal course load at the University. Students with superior academics who enter the first year of their undergraduate degree on a Student Visa Permit can get up to $9,000 based on the admission average. 

*Recommended: Do check with your IDP counsellor about the deadlines and details, it may vary owing to the current pandemic

Co-op education at the University of Alberta

For over 35 years, engineering co-op students from the University of Alberta have made a difference in businesses across Canada and around the world. 

Co-operative education, or co-op education, is a program designed to equip a student with relevant work experience. The concept involves combining classroom learnings to a real job where students are expected to apply their academic knowledge into action for a period of 4 to 8 months. But, as a condition, students must complete a total of 12 months of work experience in addition to their bachelor’s degree course work to earn their certificate. 

Read more about Co-op education in Canada

With the University enjoying #2 on the International Employability Ranking in Canada and at 87th position on the QS World University Rankings 2020 for Graduate Employability in the world and fourth in Canada*, no wonder it is a popular choice for students across the globe. 


Updated on November 23, 2020

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Shilpi Singh

Shilpi Singh is a skilled professional with over 13 years of experience and extensive knowledge of Canadian institutions and Education in Canada. Under her role of Client Relations Manager (Canada) at IDP, she is the central point of contact for client institutions and IDP Canada staff. In her role, she ensures that all IDP staff and students are updated with latest institution policies, requirements or any process related to education in Canada. 


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