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University of Alberta

Canada
Overview

Overview

One of Canada's top teaching and research universities, the University of Alberta (U of A) has an international reputation for excellence across several disciplines. This includes humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering and health sciences.

Set across five campuses in the city of Edmonton, it offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and 500 graduate programs across 18 faculties. Hosting over 38,000 students from across 156 countries, its international community is around 9,000 students.

The U of A is ranked 4th in Canada and 81st in the world for research impact (NTU Ranking 2019), with several of its subjects ranking very highly. The university is also ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world (Centre for World University Rankings, 2021).

Students can take advantages of opportunities to study abroad, with dozens of partner institutions around the world. Exchanges are also available with fellow members of the Worldwide Universities Networks, a consortium of 23 top research universities.

Edmonton is one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Canada. It is an economic hub which is well-connected to industry for those that want to take advantage of employment opportunities before and after graduation.

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What's new

What's new

In the latest QS World University Rankings (QS), the University of Alberta was ranked in the top 10 for sports-related subjects for the fourth year in a row. The subject rankings also placed the university in the top 50 in three new energy-related categories (petroleum engineering - 8th, geophysics - 46th and geology - 50th). Other subjects in the 2020 QS rankings included nursing (18th), earth marine sciences (41st), education (44th) and anatomy and physiology (44th).

Overall, it ranked in the top 100 in 17 subjects and 38 in the top 250. None of the ranked subjects ended up lower than 9th nationally, with 21 categories ranked as top 5 in Canada.

Other recent achievements include re-entering the top five in Maclean's 2020 Canadian University Rankings.

In April 2021, the university placed 64th in the latest global rankings of schools making an impact toward achieving the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The list compiled by Times Higher Education determines how well universities contribute to a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Alberta placed in all 17 SDGs, with the best scores for the global goals of Life on Land and Zero Hunger.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

With several impressive rankings to its name, the University of Alberta's position on the global stage is a testament to the quality of its teaching. More than CAD 513 million is externally invested into the university's research every year.

Professors are passionate about their subject areas, with 41 of them having received 3M teaching fellowships - Canada's highest honor for post-secondary faculties. This is the highest amount out of all Canadian universities.

Its faculties have impressive teaching accomplishments. The Faculty of Education has placed within the top four faculties of its kind in Canada for five years running - most recently placing in the top three. The Faculty of Science boasts an academic team which has won many awards, and several of the staff belong to national organizations such as the Royal Society of Canada.

As one of the top 5 research universities in Canada, the university is home to many leading experts in various fields including health/HealthTech, artificial intelligence, energy, agriculture/AgTech, quantum nanotech, climate change and more.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of Alberta has 18 faculties and dozens of research centers and institutes. Housed across five campuses, its faculties are:

  • Agricultural life and environmental sciences
  • Alberta School of Business
  • Arts
  • Augustana Campus (fine arts, humanities, physical education, science, and social sciences)
  • Campus Saint-Jean (French-language facility)
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Extension
  • Graduate studies and research
  • Kinesiology, sport, and recreation
  • Law
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Native studies
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences
  • School of Public Health
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Science

Additionally, there are two affiliated colleges - St Joseph's College and St Stephen's College.

The main campus - north campus - has 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks. The French-language campus, Campus Saint-Jean, is found in the heart of Edmonton's francophone community.

The Augustana south campus is a historic location, set in a vibrant rural community with a residential learning environment.

Enterprise Square forms a hub in Edmonton's downtown, and is for students at all stages as well as for entrepreneurs creating businesses out of new research.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All of the University of Alberta's undergraduate programs are open to international students (except for the Bachelor of science in radiation therapy programs).

Each course has different requirements, but international students have the same course and grade requirements as Canadian students. A study permit is also required for international students.

All courses at the university, except for those taught at Campus Saint-Jean are taught in English. International students coming from non-English speaking countries are required to have English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

Students can present IELTS or TOEFL test scores as evidence of English proficiency. As a temporary measure, students who have been unable to attend a test center due to Covid-19 closures can submit scores from a Duolingo English test instead.

For international students who do not meet the English proficiency requirements, a Bridging Program is available. Students can improve their academic English and fulfil the English proficiency requirement by taking English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses while earning credits. Once this is complete, students can continue as a full-time undergraduate student.

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Facilities

Facilities

The University of Alberta has a large number of facilities, which have been ranked as among the best-equipped for teaching, research, sport and recreation across all of the universities in Canada.

Its five campus locations house different faculties and institutes across the university, as well as course-specific and recreational facilities.

Course-specific facilities can be found within each faculty, including hundreds of laboratories, and over 100 institutes and centers. This includes electroacoustic studios for the music department, a 450-seat concert venue and state of the art lab equipment for the faculty of medicine and dentistry.

The university also boasts Canada's second largest research library system, with over five million titles and 7.5 million volumes.

Students can access year-round recreation programs, drop-in activities, courses and events through the various recreation facilities on campus.

Housed in the Van Vliet Complex, the North campus includes:

  • Clare Drake Arena
  • Dance studios
  • Hanson Fitness and Lifestyle Centre
  • Main gym
  • Meeting rooms and classrooms
  • Multi-purpose studios
  • Physical Activity and Wellness Centre
  • Wilson Climbing Centre

The South campus includes recreational facilities such as an outdoor track and field, a curling rink, tennis courts, the sport performance center, competition gym, multiple gymnasiums, indoor track, and a fitness center.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are a wide number of scholarships and awards available for international students at the University of Alberta.

Some scholarships don't require a separate application and are automatically applied if the criteria are met at the time of the admission offer. These include:

Gold Standard Scholarship

The top 5 per cent of students in each faculty can receive up to CAD 6,000, depending on the applicant's admission average.

International Student Scholarship

Students who showcase academic excellence in high school can receive a scholarship up to CAD 9,000, which is payable over four years.

Maple Leaf First-Year Excellence

Applicants who attended high school in Canada on a study permit with an admission average of 80 per cent could receive a scholarship of CAD 1,000.

The university also offers application-based scholarships. Applicants fill out a single application form to be assessed on background, experiences, academics and interests. Scholarships which need to be applied for include:

Scholastic Distinction for International Students

High school students in Canada with a study permit may receive CAD 30,000 over four years if they have high academic achievement.

International Entrance Leadership Scholarship

Applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership can receive up to CAD 5,000.

Maple Leaf Centenary Scholarship

Up to CAD 20,000 (payable over four years) is awarded for students attending high school in Canada on a study permit. Students need to display academic excellence and leadership qualities.

International students also benefit from the Tuition Guarantee, which is based on the program they apply for. This guarantee means that tuition fees remain the same each year, so students know how much they are expected to pay.

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4.7
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4.7
Teaching Quality
4.7
Campus Environment
5.0
Zuhayer Anzum
University of Alberta
The environment, culture, diversity and nice friendly people. There are also different events promoted that adds to the vibrant atmosphere of a student life in my University. The University also provides more than generous support to students in terms of aid for academic courses, financial Aid, scholarships, opportunities to explore career and much more!
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Shivam Vaidya
University of Alberta
University of Alberta as known worldwide is one of the prestigious university and it was a great experience to be a part of it. The faculty and staff is outstanding and apart from the courses it has a lot of research projects hoing on which help the students to fund their studies.
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University of Alberta University of Alberta
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
University of Alberta - by, 2019-12-20
4.0/ 5 stars
University of Alberta University of Alberta
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
University of Alberta as known worldwide is one of the prestigious university and it was a great experience to be a part of it. The faculty and staff is outstanding and apart from the courses it has a lot of research projects hoing on which help the students to fund their studies. Customer reviews:
University of Alberta - by, 2020-01-08
5.0/ 5 stars
University of Alberta University of Alberta
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
The environment, culture, diversity and nice friendly people. There are also different events promoted that adds to the vibrant atmosphere of a student life in my University. The University also provides more than generous support to students in terms of aid for academic courses, financial Aid, scholarships, opportunities to explore career and much more! Customer reviews:
University of Alberta - by, 2020-01-10
5.0/ 5 stars

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University of Alberta University of Alberta
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
University of Alberta - by, 2019-12-20
4.0/ 5 stars
University of Alberta University of Alberta
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
University of Alberta as known worldwide is one of the prestigious university and it was a great experience to be a part of it. The faculty and staff is outstanding and apart from the courses it has a lot of research projects hoing on which help the students to fund their studies. Customer reviews:
University of Alberta - by, 2020-01-08
5.0/ 5 stars
University of Alberta University of Alberta
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
The environment, culture, diversity and nice friendly people. There are also different events promoted that adds to the vibrant atmosphere of a student life in my University. The University also provides more than generous support to students in terms of aid for academic courses, financial Aid, scholarships, opportunities to explore career and much more! Customer reviews:
University of Alberta - by, 2020-01-10
5.0/ 5 stars

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