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University of Alberta


The University of Alberta (also known as U of A and UAlberta) is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta. Housing over 400 distinct research laboratories, the University of Alberta is one of the leading research universities in Canada.

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Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. Edmonton is Alberta's second-largest city and Canada's fifth-largest municipality. Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a metropolitan population over one million. A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.

Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname "The Festival City." It is home to North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum.

Please see the University of Alberta's websiteLink to external website for more information.

Back to the Canada country pageLink to external website

Use the Guest login on the Bear Tracks portalLink to external website to browse course offerings.

To browse law specific courses, visit the UAlberta Faculty of Law Academic ResourcesLink to external website page and click on the 'Course Description' link.

Please note that students should expect to take all of their courses within one Faculty at Alberta. Applications for cross-faculty studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed to be approved.

Students should note that there are additional eligibility (GPA and units completed) and enrolment requirements for Engineering and Business students outlined on the University of Alberta website. Students will not be able to undertake both Engineering and Business courses. Further information can be found on Alberta's Inbound Exchange StudentsLink to external website page.

Full time load is 15 credits per semester. The minimum full-time course load is 3 courses per term (or 9 credits). The maximum full-time course load is 5 courses per term (or 15 credits).

Restrictions: Art and Design, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Criminology, Nursing and Anatomy courses at Alberta are not open to exchange students. Some Business and Accounting courses are restricted, including BUS 201.

Courses in the Department of Computing Science (Faculty of Science) and Department of Economics (Faculty of Arts) are in extremely high demand and often fill up quickly. Exchange students should not plan to come to the University of Alberta hoping to take only courses, or even a majority of courses, within these departments.

For more information, see the University of Alberta's Preparing for UAlberta pageLink to external website for more information.

Useful information for exchange students can be found on the Inbound Exchange StudentsLink to external website page.

Credit Approval (Post-Decision Phase): Prior to departure for exchange, it is recommended that exchange students seek credit approval, in GLAS, from their Adelaide Faculty for more courses than they intend to complete on exchange. It is likely that course offerings won’t be finalised until shortly before arrival or upon arrival at your exchange destination. Students need to have flexible back up options in the case that the courses they are wanting to undertake are not offered.

If, after initial approval in GLAS, further changes are required, these can be presented via an email to your Adelaide Faculty. Students should be aware of the implications of not having back up courses in the event their preferred courses are not available..

Accommodation is guaranteed to all exchange students who start in September and apply online to the following residences before April 30th. For students starting their exchanges in January term, guaranteed housing is not available; however, there are usually less applications for housing at this time.

There are many housing options for international students, both on campus and around Edmonton.

For accommodation information, see the University of Alberta's Find HousingLink to external website page for more information.

Useful information for exchange students can be found on the Inbound Exchange StudentsLink to external website page.

For more information, see the University of Alberta's Preparing for UAlberta pageLink to external website for more information.

Single Year Intake

Please note that there is only one application deadline per year for both semester intakes for this partner.
When filling out your Exchange Application in the Semester 2 round, in the Preferences and Credit section you can select the ‘Semester 1’ or ‘Full (Calendar) Year’ option from the drop-down list if that’s your preference.
If wishing to study under the non-Law agreement, this deadline does not apply.

Corresponding Adelaide Semester Most partners application deadlines Canada Single Intake application deadline
Semester 2 2019 October 2018 October 2018
Full Year 2019-20
Semester 1 2020 June 2019
Full Calendar Year 2020

For more information, see the University of Alberta's Preparing for UAlberta pageLink to external website

Academic Calendar: The Fall term at Alberta runs from Early September until December. The Winter term runs from early January until April. Further details about academic dates can be found in the UAlberta Calendar.Link to external website

Exchange students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Transitions OrientationLink to external website provided by the University of Alberta’s International Student ServicesLink to external website which takes place at the beginning of our Fall and Winter Terms.

Costs: Alberta estimates students costs per Semester to be as follows (amounts are in USD):

  • Accommodation - $2000-$2420 (shared) $3152-$5332 (not shared)
  • Food - $2000
  • Clothing - $400
  • Health Insurance - $158
  • U-Pass - $142
  • Books and Supplies - $1000
  • Leisure - $1320

Health Insurance: All exchange students to UAlberta who are neither Canadian citizens nor Permanent Residents of Canada (and who therefore do not have public health care coverage from one of the provinces of Canada) will be required to participate in the University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan (UAHIP) and pay the required premiums to UAlberta. Currently the cost of UAHIP is $38 / month or about $152 / term. This can be paid on Beartracks or at the University of Alberta’s Financial Services upon arrival. Useful information for exchange students can be found on the Inbound Exchange StudentsLink to external website page.

High Commission of Canada: The High Commission of Canada in Australia has created a Facebook groupLink to external website for Australians studying in Canada. Students who have studied in Canada, are currently studying in Canada, or will be studying in Canada are encouraged to join.

Visa Information: Study Overseas is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask Study Overseas to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

Learn from the experts why this Study Overseas Experience could be for you.

What do our students say?

Disclaimer: This information is based on recently polled students who attended this particular university on exchange in 2016. Please note that this information is based on individual student opinions and does not constitute Study Overseas advice. Each student will have a unique exchange experience.

The Host
  • 100% of our students would recommend the University of Alberta to other students
  • Alberta's service and support is rated  stars  (3.75/5)
Social Life
  • 100% of our students rate the social life at Alberta as 'quite a lot' or 'raging'
  • Student Tip: Join Alberta's student clubs to meet new people
Academic Life
  • 100% of our students agreed that the quality of Alberta's courses compared satisfactorily to Adelaide's courses
  • Most of our students have stayed in on campus student accommodation
  • Student Tip: Research accommodation options in advance


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Want to network with other globally-minded students?

  • Join the Exchange Student NetworkLink to external website- a student-run organisation for University of Adelaide students interested in study abroad and exchange
  • Check out The Global SocietyLink to external website- Australia's National Society for the Globally Educated.

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Please direct all overseas learning enquiries to Study Overseas.

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