University of Alberta (Edmonton)

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University of Alberta (Edmonton) is a universitywide partner in Edmonton, Canada.

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General information for exchange students

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Academic calendar

Semester I: 1st week of September – end of December
Semester II: 1st week of January – end of April

Orientation commences generally the last week of August for semester I and the 1st week of January for semester II.

Exams take place the 2nd and 3rd week of December for semester I and the 2nd and 3rd week of April for semester II.


GPA (Average Grade)

There is no GPA requirement for this destination.

English Language Requirement

Graduate (master) students need proof of proficiency:

A grade of 7 or higher in final year English VWO or
A degree from a programme where the language of instruction is English.

Please check the most recent language requirements on the website of the host university.

Undergraduate (bachelor) students will receive a letter stating their English proficiency from the International Office.

Areas of study open to exchange students

All except for:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy (unless within the Pharmacy exchange program)
  • Criminology
  • Arts and Design
  • the course called BUS 201 is not open to exchange students
  • some Business courses, mostly Accounting courses
  • Any courses or programs described in Bear Tracks as being closed to exchange students
  • Faculty of Extension courses (i.e. with course code starting with EX)
  • Unless your exchange is specifically to the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus, you should not plan to take courses there (i.e. avoid courses with course codes starting with AU)

Undergraduate students cannot take graduate-level courses but grad students may be able to take undergraduate-level courses.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction


Housing assistance

On-campus housing is guaranteed for exchange students at UAlberta in semester I. There is no housing guarantee for semester II, but generally all exchange students can be placed.

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Estimated living costs per month

The estimated living costs per month for a student living on-campus are around 1900 CAD (estimate from March 2022). 

You can find a more detailed breakdown of expenses in the fact sheet.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Number of places available

4 places per year


Selection was not necessary in the past few years. Selection for first place was not necessary for 22-23. However students who selected this as second or third place could not be placed.

Photo by student Monisa Javari



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.