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University of Alberta Review: Ranking, Admission and Tuition Fees







    The University of Alberta is a renowned research institution in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The University,which was established sometime in 1906, has a rich history of providing outstanding scholarship and research in virtually all aspects of academic study. The University does 400 programs across 18 faculties. With students attending from Canada and 150 other countries, this institution is a truly international university.

    Well, there are four campuses in Edmonton, the Augustana Campus in Camrose, and a staff centre in downtown Calgary.


    If you did not know the University of Alberta is ranked among the first 100 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings. In the Times Higher Education’s newly expanded World University Rankings 2018 by subject the institution ranked is in the top 100 in 4 areas—Education, Clinical and Health, Law, and Psychology. If you are interested in knowing just how diverse the University of Alberta is, it is my pleasure to let you know that the institution is ranked as the world’s most international university according to Times Higher Education

    You might ask, what are the prospects of employment for the University of Alberta graduate? Well according to the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Ranking, the employment rate of the university graduates is the 52nd best in the world and number one in Canada.

    Undergraduate Admission Requirements

    University of Alberta offers more than 200 undergraduate programs. In order to be admitted into the University, your complete academic history and achievement in grades, English skill and completion of required subjects are considered.

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    Your choice of programme determines the minimum average required for admission. These averages may vary from year to year. To know the current admission average for your desired programme, please see the University’s website (https://www.University of  

     English Language proficiency

    English Language proficiency is required for all courses.

    The university accepts any of these:

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    IELTS (Academic) (International English Language Testing System)

    PTE (Academic) (Pearson Test of English Academic)

    CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)

     Spoken English Proficiency is required by some programme

    (e.g., certain Education and Health Science-related programmes)

    The Bridging Programme (BP)

    The Bridging Programme is for excellent students who meet all University of Alberta’s academic criteria but still need more English skills to enter a degree programme. Students can take English language courses at University of Alberta and earn academic credit at the same time. After you complete the BP successfully, you can continue as a full-time undergraduate student

    Application and Document Deadlines

    If you are interested in studying at the University of Alberta you are advised to begin your application as early as possible. The earlier you apply, the faster your application will be processed and you will have more time to apply for scholarships, apply for housing, and get your study permit.

    You can submit your application and then send your documents later, as long as your application and documents are submitted before the deadlines elapse.

    Application deadlines vary by programme. Most undergraduate programmes accept applications until March 1 for September entry, however, there are exceptions. 

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    Graduate Admission Requirements

    Master’s Programmes

    Applicants are expected 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 Programmes

    Applicants are expected to have completed a master’s degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by this institution

    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 necessary.

    International Application Deadlines

    The department in charge of the programme determines the application deadline for international students. Deadlines for application for some programmes could be as early as 12 months. Therefore you may have to contact the department well in advance.

    English Language proficiency

    Possessing a degree or its academic equivalent from an institution recognized by the University of Alberta and where the language of instruction is English.

    Tuition for Undergraduate International Student

    University of Alberta offers a world-class education and competitive tuition rates. Your tuition and fees will depend on your programme. The example below is for a science programme. Note that Housing is included.

    All costs are in Canadian dollars.

    Fee Amount ($CAD)
    Tuition  $21009.60
    Residence  $7661.00
    Books and Supplies  $1200.00
    Students’ Union Dedicated Fees  $101.06
    Students’ Union Membership Fees  $92.92
    Students’ Union Health Plan  $136.50
    Students’ Union Dental Plan  447.68
    U-Pass  $290.00
    Athletics and Recreation  $164.00
    PAW Centre Fee  $54.00
    Student Academic Support   $504.36
    Health and Wellness  $122.64
    Estimated costs for first year $31483.28

    Please note that this is an estimate only, based on costs for the 2017-18 academic year, and that all fees are subject to change.

    Other Expenses

      12 months ($CAD)
    Food $2700
    Clothing $600
    Miscellaneous $2,220

    Tuition for Graduate International Student

    Tuition Estimate

    Please note that tuition for graduate students at the University of Alberta is based on the type of course—thesis or course based—and whether you are registered on a full-time or part-time basis. Please note that the below tables are graduate programme (full-time) estimates only

    All costs are in Canadian dollars.

    International Students Amount
    Thesis-based Master’s & Doctoral $9,020 CAD
    Course-based Master’s $9,995 CAD


    Cost of living

    Single Adult
    Item Monthly Annually (September to August)
    Housing  $900 – $1,200 (one bedroom)  $16,800 – $24,000
    Utilities  $240 – $450  $2,880 – $5,400
    Internet & mobile phone  $170  $2,880
     Food  $200 – $300  $6,600 – $7,800
     Clothing   –  $1,500 + $600 for winter clothing
     Transportation (Bus) Included in student fees (U-Pass programme)  $1,140 for the second adult + $840 for the child
     Educational Supplies**   –  $1,600
     Child Care and School Fees   –  $12,000
     Recreation  $75  $2,400
    Cost of Living Total (excluding tuition) $1,255 – $1,505  $21,320 – $28,640

     The University of Alberta teaches first-rate academic programmes, designed specifically to meet the needs of both local and international students. Both undergraduate and graduate programmes of the University actively prepares students for relevance and success in today’s world.

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