Acclaimed as one of the world’s best research universities, University of Alberta is ranked among top five teaching and research universities in Canada. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and more than 500 graduate programs at its five campuses. With diversity at its best, the university has approximately 40,000 students from 156 countries around the world. Having Canada’s second-largest research libraries, the university provides numerous options to the students to engage in meaningful research and make significant discoveries. While studying at the university, the students experience supporting learning environment, motivating them to pursue academic, cultural, research, recreational and political interests. Ranked two in graduate employability, the university offers plethora of opportunities in the form of internships, job shadowing and career mentoring. The University of Alberta can be an excellent choice for international students who want to be among the extraordinary people, making a difference in the world.
What all courses are available to international students?
The University of Alberta offers around 359 undergraduate programs and more than 500 graduate programs in 300 research areas. The international students can apply for degrees, diplomas or certificates available under various faculties at the university. There are options of full-time and part-time courses at both undergraduate and graduate level. The students can select programs as per the faculties outlined below:
- Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
- Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation
- Medicine and Dentistry
- Native Studies
- Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Rehabilitation Medicine
- Public Health
When it comes to research, the University of Alberta enjoys the reputation of being the internationally regarded research institution, with over CAD 513 million external research funding every year. It encourages students in making discoveries, improving human health and building new businesses. The university promotes research at undergraduate level through the Undergraduate Research Initiative which provides funding to undergraduate students involved in research activities. Since 2011, around 410 research projects have been supported with CAD 5,000. Being home to the most advanced research facilities and equipment, the university has been involved in emerging areas of research, including Business, AI, Computer Science, Energy, Agriculture, Business and many more.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to secure admission in University of Alberta, the international students should prove their eligibility mainly on three grounds: academic grades, English proficiency and completion of required subjects. The specific eligibility requirements as per the level of program are given below:
Undergraduate Level Requirements:
For this level, the international students are evaluated on the basis of Grade 10 and 12 board results. In case, the students are seeking Early Admission, predicted Grade 12 results are submitted to the university. Admission will be confirmed only after presenting the final Grade 12 results. The other prerequisites are as follows:
- Successful competition of five academic subjects related to the program and the faculty
- Students, scoring more than 75 per cent in All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (ISSC) Core English, issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education, meet University of Alberta’s English language proficiency requirements
- IELTS Academic: An overall band score of 6.5 or better; individual component scores of 5.5 or better
- TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 90 overall with minimum 21 in each section
- Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE): An overall score of 61 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better
- Duolingo English Test (DET): An overall score of at least 115 for English Language Proficiency, with no subscore below 95. 125 for Spoken English Proficiency, with no subscore below 105.
Graduate Level Requirements (Master and Doctoral programs):
- For Master program, a four- year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by University of Alberta)
- For Doctoral program, Master’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by University of Alberta)
- For both Master and Doctoral programs, Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on the most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent)
- Students, possessing a degree or its academic equivalent from an institution recognized by the University of Alberta and where the language of instruction is English, meet University of Alberta’s English language proficiency requirements
- IELTS Academic: An overall band score of 6.5 or greater; individual component scores of 5.5 or better
- TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 90 overall with minimum 21 in individual component scores
- Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE): An overall score of 61 or better; individual component scores of 60 or better
Note: The above-mentioned are minimum acceptable requirements; it is recommended to visit the specific department page on the official website and check the program-specific requirements.
What all documents are needed for application?
For applying to the University of Alberta, the international applicants are required to upload the scanned documents in jpeg or PDF format with the UAlberta application. The maximum size of file is 10 MB. The students can add updated documents at a later date into the online application by clicking ‘update courses’. The hard copies of the final documents will be sent to the official address of University of Alberta.
Undergraduate Applicants (currently attending post-secondary institutions)
Undergraduate Applicants (completed post-secondary education)
Graduate and Doctoral Applicants
Source: University of Alberta
Note: As document requirements may vary as per the program, the international applicants are suggested to check the program page for specific application related requirements
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
For international undergraduate applicants, there is a non-refundable application fee of CAD 125. This fee is payable by credit card or Visa debit. If the international applicants want to apply for residence at the same time, they are required to pay additional, non- refundable residence application fee of CAD 25.
The international students applying for graduate programs are required to pay non-refundable application fee of CAD 100, payable only by a valid credit card. Only Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discovery Card are accepted for this purpose.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
The University of Alberta has introduced a new tuition model for international students. According to this model, the students will be provided guaranteed tuition rate at the time of admission. With this guarantee, the students can expect stable and predictable tuition expenses throughout the program duration.
For undergraduate programs, the new students are required to pay non-refundable tuition deposit of CAD 1,000. The remaining tuition cost can be calculated by using cost calculator:
For graduate and doctoral programs, the instructional fees vary between programs with standard fees and programs with non-standard fees. Also, there are some non-instructional fees such as administrative fees, sports facility access and insurance which are to be paid by the students. It must be noted that the full-time students are automatically enrolled in the GSA Health and Dental Plan in the Fall Term (providing 12-month coverage) and at a pro-rated cost to students beginning in the Winter Term. The international students can make payment via Global Pay for Students through the Western Union Business Solutions.
Please find below tuition and fee estimate for international students as per academic year 2020-2021:
Annual Tuition Fee (in CAD)
29,500.00 - 47,314.26
Masters Programs with Non-Standard Fees (MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Education)
5,110.00 - 28,281.00
Non-Thesis Graduate Programs
1,864.30 per three courses
Masters (Thesis) Programs and PhD
Source: University of Alberta
Note: As the tuition and other fees are subjected to change, the international students are recommended to check the exact tuition cost of a specific course from the university website.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
The international students can be considered for several international UAlberta scholarships. The university awards CAD 32 million each year in undergraduate scholarships. There are both Application- based and Admission-based scholarships available for undergraduate students.
For these scholarships, the undergraduate international students are evaluated when they apply for admission. The students with superior academics have better chances at these scholarships as the eligibility is based on the students’ high school admission average at the time of admission offer. There are various categories of scholarships under this and scholarship amount can range between CAD 5,000 and CAD 9,000.
For these scholarships, the undergraduate students are required to apply early according to their eligibility. Under these, some scholarships are awarded on the basis of leadership ability and superior academics, while others consider declared financial need along with outstanding admission average. The scholarship amount is between CAD 7,500 and CAD 53,000.
These are the financial need-based, non-repayable funds available to the undergraduate students. The value of these bursaries can range up to CAD 8,000.
The students who are already admitted to the programs of study can contact their respective departments regarding assistantships appointments as the funding for graduate students is managed by university’s departments. The Doctoral and Master level students can avail a number of recruitment scholarships which is given to the brightest students on the basis of department’s recommendation.
When do the admissions start?
The admission at University of Alberta starts almost a year before the program begins. For undergraduate admissions, application opens up on October 1 with a deadline of March 1 for most of the programs. The students who accept the offer can register for the course in the month of April. May 1 is the deadline to accept the admission offer. The students are required to submit the outstanding documents by August 1 as classes begin in September.
For graduate international students, application deadlines are set by specific departments. Thus, international applicants should contact the department well in advance regarding exact application deadlines and apply early as departments make funding decisions between January and March for students stating in September.
How to apply to UG courses?
After carefully exploring all the undergraduate program options, the international applicants need to start the application for the preferred undergraduate program. They should check all the application requirements before-hand and fill the online admission application form available at:
At first, the applicants need to register an account using details such as name, date of birth and email address.
A temporary pin is then sent to the applicants’ email address, helping them to login and set up a new password for the application
The applicants will create applications and fill information in each section outlined below:
- Personal Information, requiring details such as name, address, email address, citizenship details, contact number and emergency contact information
- Academic Information, requiring mention about any prior study history with the University of Alberta
- Academic History, requiring details of all high schools and post-secondary institutions attended along with the level and duration of the study
- Program Selection, requiring selection of preferred program and faculty along with start term and year
- Declaration, requiring the applicant to agree to the university’s regulations
- Student Survey, requiring answers to few optional questions for helping the university in future policies
- Signature, requiring full legal name of the applicant
- Review, giving a chance to edit any information before submitting the application and making a credit card payment of application fee
After submitting the application, the international applicants will get access to the UAlberta Launchpad Portal to check the application status and review any checklist items for the program. The applicants will also receive a new UAlberta email address, a unique student number, and a Campus Computing ID (CCID). The applicants will then upload the required scanned documents in the portal.
The application status for any outstanding documents and admission offer will be checked on UAlberta Launchpad Portal. Once accepted at the university, the applicants are required to accept the offer of admission using uApply account and pay the confirmation deposit (where applicable) by paying non-refundable tuition deposit and confirm the seat in the program.
How to apply to PG courses?
The international applicants for masters and doctoral programs are required to select the graduate program and check the application requirements. The applicants who are applying for thesis-based program must connect with the selected department in order to find a potential supervisor. Also, they are required to prepare the supporting documents before-hand as the applicants will have at least an hour to complete the online application available at:
The applicants can initiate the application by creating an account by providing details such as name, date of birth, email address and password.
After creating the account, the applicants are required to select the preferred program.
The applicants will then fill the information in the following sections:
- Personal Information, including name, date of birth, citizenship details, address and emergency contact details
- Languages, including primary language proficiency and English language proficiency details
- Academic History, including details of post-secondary academic record to date
- References, requiring three academic references
- Funding/ Supervisors, requiring details of any external scholarships or awards applied for and the selected potential supervisors’ names
- Documents, requiring documents to be uploaded in PDF format with a maximum file size of 10 MB
- Declaration, requiring the verification of application summary and agreeing to university’s declaration
The applicants are required to submit the application by paying application fee. They can use the GSMS Portal to check the status of the application. As admission decision will be posted on GSMS portal, the applicants are required to monitor the portal frequently. Upon receiving the offer, the applicants will click on ‘Respond to offer’ to accept the official offer of admission.
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
The admission into University of Alberta is competitive and works on a rolling basis. Some students could receive an admission offer in the same month when the application opens up that is as early as October. Although, deadline to accept admission offer is May 1, the students can expect admission offers even after this date.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this university?
The University of Alberta offers undergraduate admission on the basis of competitive average in the required courses for a program. For graduate programs, the chances to get into the university depends on department specific requirements. Some departments require higher academic qualifications and even consider previous work experience, statement of research interests along with GRE and GMAT scores. In order to have better chances of admission at the university, the international students should maintain excellent grades throughout academic journey.
How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
International students are an integral part of University of Alberta’s student community. The university has over 7,200 international students from more than 150 countries. The 36 per cent of graduate population comprises international students. As per the estimate of 2018-2019, around 5,666 undergraduate and 3,370 graduate international students were studying at the university.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
International students are permitted to work in Canada while studying depending on their registration status and location of the employment. However, they are not allowed to work before their programs begin.
For both on-campus and off-campus work, the full-time international students with a Social Insurance Number and a valid study permit stating ‘May accept employment or May work’ are eligible to work.
For on-campus work, students can work only inside the boundaries of the University of Alberta. There is no maximum number of hours for on-campus employment. For off-campus work, international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic session and full time during scheduled breaks.
Note: The international students must refer to Government of Canada website for specific details on work and permits.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many campuses does the university have?
The University has five campuses, comprising 18 faculties. The campuses with their locations are outlined below:
Is on-campus housing available?
The on-campus housing is available for international students at University of Alberta. The residences are primarily allotted to the students on the basis of year of study. Also, the students can avail the option of living with like-minded peers, sharing similar academic interest and lifestyle. There are mainly two types of residences available at the university:
- Furnished, dormitory-style residences: These are available at Lister Centre, International House, St. Joseph's College, and Residence Saint-Jean. The estimated cost of such residence will be between CAD 3,890 and CAD 9,678 for a contract duration of eight months. The meal plan can cost between CAD 4,629 and CAD 5,260.
- Unfurnished, apartment or townhouse-style residences: These are available at HUB, East Campus Village, and Newton Place. The estimated cost of such residence will be between CAD 4,633 and CAD 7,796 for a contract duration of eight months. The meal plan costs between CAD 4,629 and CAD 5,260.
International students who decide to choose off-campus residence like renting an apartment can use online resources such as renting spaces, Rent Edmonton and Rentals.ca. The rent of a place depends on the size, location and other utilities. The international students can expect to pay CAD 550 - CAD 1,300 per month.
Note: It is recommended that the international students must confirm the exact residence cost from the university or the specific landlord before deciding on the accommodation.
For an international student, there are few other additional costs such as books and supplies, food, clothing, mobile, transportation, personal items, and entertainment. Please see below an annual estimate of basic expenses incurred by a single undergraduate international student in Canada:
Note: The current monthly expenses may vary; international students are recommended to plan their budget accordingly in order to meet the cost of living in Canada.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
In case of any doubt, the international students may contact the university office or in-country representative in India using the below-mentioned details:
Telephone: +1-780-492-4094/ +91 9319117776
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org /email@example.com
Postal Address: 2-29 Triffo Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E1