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University of Alberta

Canada
Overview

Overview

One of the top five universities in Canada and ranked in the top 100 institutions in the world, the University of Alberta (The U of A) is a large, immersive and inspirational institution.

Over 36,000 students call The U of A home, with 7,000 international students. There are more than 130 nationalities represented at the university.

Founded in 1908, The U of A has a strong history of innovative teaching and research. 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 receive awards for academic excellence in the form of scholarships.

There is plenty for students to get involved in outside of study time. Many students are attracted to the U of A 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. The U of A has one of the highest graduate employment rates in Canada, and the province of Alberta has the highest average salaries in the country.

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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, geology, petroleum engineering and nursing are all ranked in the top 10 in the world, and help secure the university's place among the top Canadian and global universities.

The university celebrated its faculty member, Dr Michael Houghton who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for the diversity of the hepatitis C virus. This is a reflection of the high caliber of talent fostered by the university.

Tuition Fee Guarantee

The University of Alberta is proud to offer international students a tuition guarantee.

This guarantee allows students to know the full tuition cost of their program at the time of admission, so they don't need to worry about future tuition increases.

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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 the U of A's faculties stand out academically in their own way, with professors who are passionate about their subject areas who are qualified to provide a leading education. U of A professors have received 41, 3M teaching fellowships, which is Canada's highest honor for post-secondary faculty. This 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.

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Faculties

Faculties

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

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

All programs at the U of A 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 6.0 or equivalent.

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Facilities

Facilities

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 30th 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.

The U of A 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 centres on campus.

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

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Alberta awards over CAD 34 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:

Application Based Scholarships

President's International Distinction Scholarship

CAD 120,000 is awarded over four years to 25 students based on academic standing and demonstrated leadership qualities, as well as on involvement in extracurricular and community activities. An application is required.

International Entrance Leadership Scholarship

CAD 10,000 is awarded to eligible students who are well-rounded leaders with superior academics. An application is required.

Admission Based Scholarships- no application required

International Admission Scholarship

Up to CAD 5,000 is awarded to eligible students for academic excellence.

Regional Excellence 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.

Gold Standard Scholarship

The top 5 per cent of students in each faculty could receive up to CAD 6,000, depending on admission average.

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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What our students think about us

Overview
(5.0)
Course Quality
4.7
Campus Safety
5.0
Student Support
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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