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Total UG Students Total PG Students International Student Student Faculty Ratio
31,648 7,764 26% 21:6


Established in 1908 in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, the University of Alberta (also known as U of A and UAlberta)  is a public research university in Canada, located at the edge of the North Saskatchewan River valley in Edmonton, Alberta

The university is made up of five campuses, four of which are in the city of Edmonton, including the main North Campus, which covers around 50 city blocks. The university's fifth site, the Augustana Campus, is located roughly an hour away from Edmonton in the rural city of Camrose. Some 1,000 students study at the smaller Augustana Campus, which focuses on liberal arts and sciences.

The university offers studies in a range of disciplines, such as arts, business, engineering and medicine. English is the language of instruction, with the exception of the university’s Campus Saint-Jean, where French is the primary language.

Edmonton is home to the world’s second biggest fringe theatre festival, a folk music festival, and the university’s ‘festival of ideas’.

In keeping with Edmonton’s French-speaking community, the university offers French instruction at the Faculté Saint-Jean, which provides courses in arts, science, education, commerce, engineering, nursing, conservation and environmental sciences.

The university is the only one in Canada to offer programs in native studies, through which students can learn about the aboriginal experience, including language, culture, history and more.

It is also well known for its palaeontology research and its faculty includes world-famous dinosaur experts.

There are over 260,000 alumni of the university, who between them have founded over 70,000 organisations throughout the world, one-third of which have a cultural, environmental or social mission or are non-profit.

IELTS (Academic)              At least 6.5 with no band less than 5.5


If you are applying to enter after your 12th year (or equivalent): You must have a minimum application average of 70% or higher (on a 50% pass scale) in the five subjects required for your program of choice. Many UAlberta programs, however, will require a higher competitive average. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee admission.

Master's Programs

Applicants are normally required to have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta.

An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent) is required.

Doctoral Programs

Applicants are normally required to have completed a master’s degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta.

An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent) is required.


Undergraduate Programs

Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

•             •  BA in Environmental Studies [ALES]

•             •  BSc Honors in Food Science; BSc Honors in Nutrition; BSc in Nutrition and Food Science, General Program; BSc in Nutrition and Food Science, Dietetics Specialization; and BSc in Nutrition and Food Science, Food Science and Technology Specialization

•             •  BSc in Agricultural/Food Business Management

•             •  BSc in Agriculture

•             •  BSc in Animal Health

•             •  BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences

•             •  BSc in Forest Business Management

•             •  BSc in Forestry

•             •  BSc in Human Ecology

•             •  Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning

•             •  Certificate in Sustainability   

Faculty of Arts

•             •  BA (Criminology)

•             •  BA (Honors)

•             •  BA in Environmental Studies [Arts]

•             •  Bachelor of Arts (BA)

•             •  Bachelor of Design (BDes)

•             •  Bachelor of Music (BMus)

•             •  BFA in Art and Design

•             •  BFA in Drama

•             •  Certificate in Civil - Military Leadership

•             •  Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning

•             •  Certificate in Computer Game Development

•             •  Certificate in Engaged Leadership and Citizenship in Arts and Science

•             •  Certificate in European Studies

•             •  Certificate in Finance

•             •  Certificate in Globalization and Governance

•             •  Certificate in International Learning

•             •  Certificate in Middle Eastern and African Studies

•             •  Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies

•             •  Certificate in the Economics and Management of Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment

•             •  Certificate in Translation Studies in Japanese

•             •  Certificate in World Sound Arts

•             •  Community Linguist Certificate

•             •  MLCS Certificate in Translation Studies

•             •  Research Certificate in Arts (Psychology)

Faculty of Business

•             •  BCom (After Degree)

•             •  BCom (Cooperative Education Program)

•             •  BCom (General)

•             •  BCom Honors Program

•             •  Bilingual BCom [Business]

•             •  Certificate in Community Service-Learning

•             •  Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies

•             •  Certificate in Leadership

•             •  Certificate in Real Estate

•             •  Diploma in Corporate Finance 

Faculty of Education

•             •  After Degree Program

•             •  Degree of BEd

•             •  Certificate in Advancing Adolescent Literacy (?15)

•             •  Certificate in Early Childhood Education (?15)

•             •  Certificate in Global Citizenship 

Faculty of Engineering

•             •  First-Year Program

•             •  Chemical Engineering

•             •  Civil Engineering

•             •  Computer Engineering

•             •  Electrical Engineering

•             •  Engineering Physics

•             •  Materials Engineering

•             •  Mechanical Engineering

•             •  Mining Engineering

•             •  Petroleum Engineering

Faculty of Law

•             •  Degree of JD

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

•             •  Bachelor of Science (Dental Hygiene Specialization)

•             •  BSc in Medical Laboratory Science Post-Professional Certification degree completion

•             •  DDS Advanced Placement Program

•             •  DDS Degree

•             •  Degree of Bachelor of Medical Science

•             •  Degree of BSc in Medical Laboratory Science

•             •  Degree of BSc in Radiation Therapy

•             •  MD Degree

•             •  Certificate in Biomedical Research


Faculty of Native Studies

•             •  Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies (BA NS)

•             •  Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies (Honors) (BA NS Hon)

Faculty of Nursing

•             •  BScN—After Degree Program

•             •  BScN—Bilingual Program/Baccalauréat ès sciences infirmières (bilingue)

•             •  BScN—Collaborative Program

•             •  BScN—Honors Program

•             •  Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) to BScN Program

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

•             •  BSc in Pharmacy

•             •  Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation

•             •  BA in Recreation, Sport and Tourism Degree Program

•             •  BKin Degree Program

•             •  BSc in Kinesiology Degree Program

•             •  Research Certificate in Kinesiology

•             •  The Certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation (Physical Education and Recreation)

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

•             •  Degree of BSc in Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Science

•             •  BSc General Program

•             •  BSc Honors Programs

•             •  BSc Specialization Programs

•             •  Certificate in Engaged Leadership and Citizenship in Arts and Science

•             •  Research Certificate in Science (Biological Sciences)

•             •  Research Certificate in Science (Psychology)


Graduate & Research courses

•             •  Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science

•             •  Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

•             •  Anthropology

•             •  Art and Design

•             •  Biochemistry

•             •  Biological Sciences

•             •  Biomedical Engineering

•             •  Business

•             •  Cell Biology

•             •  Chemical and Materials Engineering

•             •  Chemistry

•             •  Civil and Environmental Engineering

•             •  Communication Sciences and Disorders

•             •  Communications and Technology

•             •  Community Engagement

•             •  Community-Based Research and Evaluation (CBRE)

•             •  Comparative Literature Program

•             •  Computing Science

•             •  Dentistry

•             •  Drama

•             •  Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

•             •  East Asian Studies

•             •  Economics

•             •  Educational Policy Studies

•             •  Educational Psychology

•             •  Educational Studies

•             •  Electrical and Computer Engineering

•             •  Elementary Education

•             •  English and Film Studies

•             •  Faculté Saint-Jean

•             •  History and Classics

•             •  Human Ecology

•             •  Humanities Computing

•             •  Internetworking

•             •  Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

•             •  Law

•             •  Library and Information Studies

•             •  Linguistics

•             •  Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

•             •  Mechanical Engineering

•             •  Medical Genetics

•             •  Medical Microbiology and Immunology

•             •  Medical Sciences

•             •  Medicine

•             •  Mining and Petroleum Engineering

•             •  Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

•             •  Music

•             •  Native Studies

•             •  Neuroscience

•             •  Nursing

•             •  Obstetrics and Gynecology

•             •  Occupational Therapy

•             •  Oncology

•             •  Ophthalmology

•             •  Paediatrics

•             •  Pharmacology

•             •  Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

•             •  Philosophy

•             •  Physical Education and Recreation

•             •  Physical Therapy

•             •  Physics

•             •  Physiology

•             •  Political Science

•             •  Psychiatry

•             •  Psychology

•             •  Public Health

•             •  Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging

•             •  Rehabilitation Medicine

•             •  Religious Studies

•             •  Renewable Resources

•             •  Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

•             •  Secondary Education

•             •  Sociology

•             •  Surgery

•             •  Women's and Gender Studies


The University of Alberta guarantees housing to the New International Undergraduates entering their first year at the University of Alberta

University of Alberta,  offers a variety of on-campus housing experiences in their residences – whether you are new to university life or in your upper years of study, if you are a student couple or have a family, they  have a community for you.

Graduate Residence are for graduates who are  focused, mature and appreciate being a part of a neighbourhood. They like independence, but also the convenience of a furnished suite close to campus!

The four Graduate Residence buildings are: Rockcress, Stonecrop, Juniper and Speedwell.

Peter Lougheed Hall is the  newest student residence, opened in Fall 2017 with with space for 140 residents.

HUB is a unique residence located in the campus shopping mall for Upper-year undergraduate and graduate students.

Newton Place is a high rise apartment building in a great location near many services for Third year (and up) undergraduate and graduate students, and student couples in any year of study.

I-House is home to residents from Canada and around the world, who contribute to the Global Education program.

Off-Campus Accommodations

The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so. . You can search for off-campus housing using the Students’ Union Housing Registry.


There are a wide variety of homestay options available, and partners do their best to match students and hosts according to their interests and preferences. Homestay hosts include single people, young couples with children and pets, and older couples. All homestay accommodations have been inspected, and all adults in the home have completed a required criminal reference check.


UAlberta rewards excellent achievement by offering undergraduate scholarships to top students. You may be eligible for scholarships based on your overall academic achievement, as well as your leadership skills and extra-curricular activities.

University of Alberta - India First Year Excellence Scholarship

Field of Study: Open (any undergraduate program)

Conditions: Awarded to students studying in Canada on a study permit with superior academic achievement entering the first year of a University of Alberta undergraduate degree program from India. Selection based on high school academic standing.

 University of Alberta India Centenary Scholarship

Field of Study: Open (any undergraduate program)

Conditions: Awarded to students on a study permit with superior academic achievement entering the first year of an undergraduate degree program at the University of Alberta from a high school in India. Selection is based on academic standing, demonstrated leadership qualities based on involvement in extracurricular and community activities, and a counsellor or teacher's letter of recommendation.

University of Alberta offers a number of recruitment scholarships at the Doctoral and Master’s level

Outstanding international students should consider applying for some of the most prestigious scholarships in Canada, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship.

The most prestigious award at the University of Alberta, the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship is also open to international students and even covers the international differential fee.  

There are also a number of provincial scholarships for which you can apply depending on your area of research..

 Finally, international students may also qualify for certain department-specific awards. 

Quick Facts





Fees range around 22,622 CAD per year for degree courses.


Living costs vary greatly based on the type of accommodation, whether you are sharing accommodation with roommates, and your overall standard of living. Average Cost of Living 16,560 CAD per year.



World University Rankings 2018     : 119

QS World University Ranking 2018 :  90

World Ranking                     :        60

Country Rank                       :         4

Presence                               :         247

Impact                                   :         60

Openness                              :         68

Excellence                             :          74




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