In order to be eligible to come to UAlberta as an exchange student:
- Your home institution must have a formal exchange agreement with UAlberta.
- Please note that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between your home institution and UAlberta is not sufficient. A formal student exchange agreement must be in place.
- You must first apply for exchange and receive a nomination through your home institution.
- You must be registered as a full-time student at your home institution at the time of your application for exchange and while you are on exchange at UAlberta.
- You cannot apply for a graduate-level exchange while you are still an undergraduate student.
- With one exception (Faculty of Engineering), you must present a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4 point scale) to be considered for an exchange at UAlberta.
- To be considered for an exchange with the Faculty of Engineering, you must present a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) and have completed four semesters in an Engineering program prior to the start of your exchange.
- All students must check to make sure that they satisfy the UAlberta English Proficiency Requirement.
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- Please submit only the documents requested with your exchange application and nothing more.
- Once you submit exchange application documentation, it becomes the property of UAlberta and the original documents will not be returned to you.
The nomination from your home institution must include:
- Your full name as it appears on your passport,
- Your level of studies (undergraduate or graduate)
- Your field of studies
- The requested duration of your exchange (Fall Term, Winter Term, or Academic Year)
- An email address at which you can be contacted
If your nomination is accepted and you have a documented disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning and/or physical or mental health, then you will need to register with our Accessibility Resources Office as soon possible.
- As part of your registration, be sure to identify yourself as an international student who is currently applying for an exchange experience at UAlberta.
- Personnel from Accessibility Resources will arrange an online Skype conversation with you to assess the functional impact of your disability. As part of the conversation, you may be asked to provide a description (in English) of the disability from any disability services office at your institution or a medical professional who may currently be assisting you.
We encourage exchange students to utilize the accommodations for success that the UAlberta recommends and can offer once your assessment is complete
Application and Documents
- Your home institution must courier hard copies of all of your application documents to UAlberta. Test results sent directly from the external testing organization will not be accepted.
- Please send all required documents together at one time only – please wait until you have all required documents prepared before sending your application.
- Whenever you are asked to provide your name on any exchange application documents, please be sure to provide your full name as it appears in your passport.
- Official records must contain an official seal or signature and be in English.
- Graduate students must submit official records of all post-secondary work, both previous and current.
Proof of English Proficiency Documents
- If you are submitting official English Proficiency test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, please note that the results must be sent to your home institution prior to being sent to UAlberta.
- Your test results must then be stamped with the official university seal of your home institution and then couriered to UAlberta along with the rest of your application documents.
- Test results used to demonstrate English language proficiency must not be more than two years old at the time of application.
Home Institution Deadlines
First, you will need to meet the application and nomination deadlines at your home institution. You should contact your home Study Abroad Office for this information.
UAlberta Application Deadlines
After you have received a nomination from your home institution, it is recommended that you provide it to UAlberta at least 1-1.5 months prior to the following application deadlines:
March 1: Fall term or Full Year Exchanges
September 1: Winter Exchanges
It may be possible to submit an exchange application beyond the deadlines, however, we encourage you to submit your application early in order to be eligible for guaranteed on-campus housing and have sufficient time to satisfy any Government of Canada immigration requirements.
When you apply
You will need to include a list of courses that you wish to take when you complete your exchange application.
After you are admitted
After you have been officially admitted to UAlberta as an exchange student, it is your responsibility to register in courses and build your course schedule using Bear Tracks.
After you apply to UAlberta and receive your 7-digit student ID, CCID, and password, you can apply online for a space in a UAlberta campus residence.
UAlberta exchange students who submit their housing application by April 30 are guaranteed a space in a UAlberta campus residence for September entry. Some conditions apply.
Tuition and Cost of Living
As an exchange student, you will not pay tuition to UAlberta – you will still pay your tuition to your home institution.
Fees that must be paid to UAlberta:
- Instructional Support Fees(certain courses only) – for example, if your course requires art supplies or tools for field school
- University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan (UAHIP)
UAHIP is required for exchange students. Coverage by any insurance plan (other than the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan) will not allow you to be exempted from UAHIP.
- U-Pass for public transit
All UAlberta students must contribute a fee to the group transit plan, which then provides unlimited access to public transit through your UAlberta OneCard (student ID).
How to pay fees
Please note: Your UAlberta transcript will not be released until you’ve paid all of your UAlberta fees. Late payments will accrue interest charges.
Cost of Living
Edmonton offers a moderate cost of living when compared with other major cities in Canada.
Exchange Programs Coordinator
University of Alberta International