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University of Alberta EXC
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Program Description:
Program Description:


University of Alberta 
Location: Edmonton
Year Established: 1908
Student Population: 39,300 (7,800 international students)
The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities and rates in Canada’s top five higher learning institutions.
The University of Alberta has a reputation for innovation producing 1,150 invention disclosures, 360 patents worldwide and 70-plus spin off companies resulting from UAlberta research in the past 13 years. Its Faculty of Science features nanotechnology and Arctic research.
Unique Characteristics
The University is home to more than 170 graduate programs, 200 undergraduate programs and 450 active student groups. More than 6,000 international students study at Alberta.
The capital of Alberta province, Edmonton is a pleasant mid-sized city of less than 1 million people located on the North Saskatchewan River. A cultural, government and education centre, it hosts year-round festivals and is home to Canada’s largest living history museum and North America’s largest mall.

Canada - University of Alberta

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences




Engineering (75% min ave)


Visual Arts

Exercise and Sport Science


Law (Nov. app only)



Exclusions: Art and Design, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Criminology, Nursing, Extension, Augustana Campus

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


15 credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
The host university awards letter grades. More information on the grading scale

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university

Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university

Semester/Term Dates
Access the University's calendar
An international student orientation is held before the start of semester

Support Services 
The International Centre provides assistance to exchange students

Information from the host university
Information from the High Commission of Canada in Australia

Student Experiences

Harriet Simes
Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, Semester 2, 2015

Host City Highlights
Edmonton is a small city but the university area is full of life - tonnes of great cafes, nightlife and a great public transport system. The big pull in Edmonton is visiting West Edmonton Mall which is one of the largest in the world; it has its own water theme park and seal show to name a few attractions. During winter ice rinks are also set up throughout the city allowing you to go ice skating with friends. Finally, Edmonton does play host to several festivals including a great comedy festival which I would definitely recommend checking out.

Uni Life
University culture is huge in Edmonton. I joined the outdoors club which I would recommend- it’s a great way to visit some awe-inspiring national parks in Alberta. I also joined a dodgeball team- the dodgeball culture in Lister is huge and lots of fun. Socially there is a lot of nightlife – Halloween was a huge event and country bars are also quite big and very stereotypically North American. Going to class or joining clubs is the best way to meet the locals; I met all of my friends in the first couple of days by going on campus tours and participating in O-week like events.

My USYD degree has a very high amount of contact hours, so my hours at Alberta were comparatively less but would be equal or more than the contact hours for a USYD FASS degree. I found tutorials and practicals to give the best learning and opportunity for being social. Overall everything is taught in a very familiar way with a Canadian emphasis compared to an Australian one.

Poutine is the must try local dish, essentially consisting of chips, cheese and gravy. Other than that everything is pretty similar. Whyte Avenue is the main street where you’ll find great cafés, vegan options and Timbits (my favourite).  Interestingly chocolate over there is much sweeter – even the same brands like Cadbury.

There is a lot of variety in housing options.
Lister – catered residence and dormitory style, probably the most social option.
HUB (where I lived) – in the style of small apartments. I was in a two bedroom apartment which was fine but due for renovations (which are currently underway).
 International House – Good by all accounts although I never visited.
I would definitely recommend making friends at the Canadian pre-departure session with the other Aussies going and looking into housing together.

Money Matters
I had a total budget of around $12000 for everything, including flights, accommodation, insurance and I also did about a months’ worth of travelling and a fairly expensive tour. I managed my funds well- mainly by cooking for myself - but if you can get a study permit so you can work on campus I would recommend it. Having some income throughout the semester would have been great, and campus work fits in conveniently with study – it would have made me less reluctant to go out more.

Getting Around
There is one train line to take you to a few places and buses to take you everywhere else - you’ll need to buy a U-Pass (approx. $100) which gives you unlimited public transport. For traveling I would recommend getting an international drivers licence if possible so you can hire a car - greyhound exists but cars would have made it much more convenient.

It’s a short summer - expect the first snowfall before Halloween and water proofing shoes with a good grip are essential – these are easy to find and quite affordable over there so don’t worry about buying them ahead of time if you’re arriving in summer. Jasper & Banff national parks are an absolute must and skiing and snowboarding are hugely popular. Take advantage of the mid semester break- I had friends who escaped the cold for Mexico and others who headed over to Vancouver. Travelling with friends is always more economic and you’ll have more money to spend once you get there.

Top Tips
Don’t be scared and immerse yourself in Campus culture – especially if you’ve never lived on Campus before. Join the outdoors club and a dodgeball team- both give you amazing experiences and Canadians are very friendly. Watching Uni sport competitions was a great (and free) way to have fun and get involved.

University of Alberta

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