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Program Description:


University of Alberta International Winter Program

Location: Alberta, Canada
Program dates: 20 January 2019 - 8 February 2019
Application deadline: 1 November 2018
Duration: 3 weeks

Canada - University of Alberta

Program Description
The International Winter Program provides students with the opportunity to experience campus life at one of Canada's top universities, combining professional development, cross-cultural communication, and cultural studies, as well as a variety of exciting extra curricular activities.
Highlights of the program include:
- Workshops: Global Leadership and The Expressive Voice & Body
Weekly academic lectures and field trips on different themes, including Canadian Studies, Entrepreneurship, and Community Service Learning
- 2-day Trip to the Canadian Rockies

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Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject areas: Indigenous Studies, Environmental Science, Arts and Social Sciences
Academic credits: 40 contact hours

Courses available
Academic lectures throughout the three weeks will be centred around a different theme each week. Field trips supplement the in-class lectures to give participants opportunities for experiential learning.

-Week 1 | Canadian Studies
Learn about the past, present, and future of Canada through museum visits, lectures on the Canadian political system, and participating in an Indigenous history exercise.

- Week 2 | Sustainability
Sustainability means being able to meet our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Examine the different definitions of sustainability and its applications in a Canadian and local context.

- Week 3 | Community Engagement
An important Canadian value is being involved in one’s community. Community engagement is about people working collaboratively towards a common future, drawing strength from each other and from the diversity of their perspectives. Examine some of the issues related to volunteerism, running nonprofit organizations, and participate in some volunteering activities.

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Useful Information 

Local overview
The University of Alberta is located in the city of Edmonton, Alberta and is one of Canada’s most research-intensive universities and rates in Canada’s top five higher learning institutions. It was established in 1908 and has a student population of 39,300 (7,800 international students). 

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.

Accommodation is included in the program fee and is available from the program start date until the program end date. All rooms are double occupancy.

Winter program participants will stay at the Days Inn Edmonton Downtown. It is conveniently located 2 mins from Corona LRT station, and takes ten minutes on the train to the University of Alberta. Wifi is available in each double occupancy room and laundry facilities are available on campus.

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In order to be considered for the International Winter Program, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be registered in a full-time undergraduate program at a designated post-secondary institution.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the program start date.
- All participants are required to sign a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement in order to participate in the program. More information about this agreement will be available at the time of registration.



2018 Program fee:  CAD$3,800 (approx. $3907 AUD) 
Program fee inclusions: tuition, airport transfers, accommodation, $300 CAD (approx $308 AUD) meal allowance (can also be used for other goods and services on campus), field trips and leisure activities, Canadian Rockies Trip (2 nights, 2 days)

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility which begin in late-November 2018 onwards. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Edmonton.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Applications for the University of Alberta Winter Program 2019 have now closed.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application ('Apply now' below) > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (October/November) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

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