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University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

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  1. We are a Top 5 Canadian University and one of the Top 150 in the world.
  2. The UofA has 5 campuses located in two different cities.
  3. We offer 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs to over 40,000 students.

About This Campus

The University of Alberta (UofA) in Edmonton is one of the top teaching and research universities in Canada, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering and health sciences. UAlberta is currently home to 7,000+ international students who enjoy the more than 700 programs we offer. We have received international recognition for our excellence in Paleontology, Forestry, Geology, Petroleum Engineering, and Sports-related studies. Our teaching and research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Computing Science and Game Design is growing rapidly and garnering much attention. The UofA is also home to the National Institute for Nanotechnology where pioneering research in nanoscience is being conducted. As well, exchange students will have access to the second largest university library in all of Canada to ensure they can find all of the latest materials to support their learning.

Location Information

The City of Edmonton offers all the amenities of being located in a large city. Our campuses are within 15 minutes of our downtown as well a vibrant entertainment district. We offer year-round festivals and attract big name entertainers for live concerts and events. And, of course, being a Winter city you can’t help but be caught up in Oiler’s fever and support our local NHL team.

Helpful Information

1) Course registration is on a first-come, first-served basis - there is no guarantee of registration in the courses you may need. 2) Exchange students can't take more than 15 credits worth of courses per term (this is usually 5 courses). 3) Exchange students can't audit courses or conduct research. 4) All or a majority of the courses taken need to be in the same faculty/program. 5) UAlberta does not accept paper based TOEFL (PBT) test results to demonstrate English language proficiency

2022/2023 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Edmonton
Population | 1,491,000
Enrollment | 42,742
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/30-12/23
Spring | 01/02-04/30


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Alternate delivery sections of any UAlberta courses; Art & Design; Augustana Campus/Faculty courses; Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre courses; Business; Campus/Faculte Saint-Jean courses; Computing Science; Courses with non-standard fees or in programs with non-standard fees; Dentistry; Drama; Economics; Engineering; Extension; Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation; Law; Medicine; Music; Nursing; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Rehabilitation Medicine; Yukon University courses.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Sports-Related Programs - We are ranked #9 in the world for our studies in kinesiology and sports-related fields.
  • Geology/Paleontology - We are ranked #5 in the world for Geology and #3 for Paleontology
  • Petroleum Engineering - We are ranked #5 in the world for our work in petroleum engineering and research.
  • Forestry - We are ranked #5 in the world for our Forestry Programming.
  • Nanotechnology - We are home to the National Institute for Nanotechnology.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Native Studies - We are the only university in Canada to offer an entire faculty dedicated to Indigenous studies
  • Artificial Intelligence, Computing Science, Game Design - We are internationally recognized for our cutting edge research in these areas.
  • Women's and Gender Studies - We are a world leader in this area.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Asian Studies
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Conservation Biology
  • Creative Writing
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Film
  • First Nation Studies
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Korean
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Paleontology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from other NSE members within Canada
  • 2.5 GPA
  • 1) You need to be registered as a full-time student at your home institution at the time of your application and while you are on exchange at the UofA. 2) Students will need to submit an online exchange application to the UofA shortly after placement. This will require uploading a scanned copy of your official transcript. Please have this document ready as soon as possible after placement.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • N/A
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 90.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Home Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 11/25/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 15

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Athletic Fee $92 Year Home Optional
Recreation Fee $92 Year Home Optional
Parking Fee $1768 Year Home Optional

Important Notes: 1) All fees shown (including those viewable via the link embedded in "Campus Budget" above) are from the 2021/22 school year. Fees for the 2022/23 school year are not yet known and may increase. 2) All incoming exchange students to UAlberta must pay the U-Pass fee (for a public transit pass) and the UAHIP fee (for basic health insurance provided by UAlberta). 3) There is only 1 optional fee for athletics and recreation, not 2 separate fees, and it would be for $92/term. 3) There is a separate, optional fee for the PAW Centre (a climbing gym) of $30/term. 4) The highest optional parking fee is shown above. For all rates, please go to https://www.ualberta.ca/parking-services/permits/index.html 5) No costs are shown for overload courses since exchange students are not permitted to be in an overload situation; they can only take a maximum of 15 credits worth of courses per term (this is usually 5 courses per term).

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 11/25/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $
  • Proximity to campus:
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
1) No approximate monthly cost for off campus housing is shown since that information changes all of the time and depends on student lifestyle expectations. Students wanting to live off campus will need to do their own research to discover the range of monthly rental costs they might face. One resource for doing so could be https://elevhomes-host.web.app/start-page 2) There are no housing spaces specifically reserved for NSE students. However, NSE students with September start dates are guaranteed on-campus housing if they meet the April 30 on-campus housing application deadline.

Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 11/25/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $200 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Please note that the cost shown for health insurance provided by UAlberta (which is called UAHIP) is the amount for the 2021/22 school year. The amount charged for the 2022/23 school year is not yet known and may increase.


  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Must buy host campus plan
  • Immunization: Covid-19

Other Health Related Comments
You are required to demonstrate full vaccination against COVID-19. Please bring hard copy, official and original records of proof vaccination with you for your exchange.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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