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University of Alberta

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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at exchange@otago.ac.nz.
Last updated June, 2014

Academic Information

Course Information

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The University of Alberta has more than 200 undergraduate programs, 110 master's degree programs and 60 PhD programs. The main campus's faculties range from business to education, to Native studies, medicine and dentistry. The Augustana campus offers a small-city undergraduate experience, while students at every level pursue their studies in French at Campus Saint-Jean.


Course descriptions are available on Bear Tracks (sign in as a “guest”)

  • The “Course Listings” includes all course descriptions and credit weight. 
  • The “Schedule of Classes” outlines in detail the term, time and date, and location that each course is offered.
  • Understanding Alberta's course numbering system 

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - April
  • Fall Term: September - December
  • Winter Term: January - April

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Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

International students must remain registered in at least three courses (9 credits) per term to maintain full-time status for immigration purposes if they wish to work on-campus. Exchange students may take a maximum of five courses (15 credits) per term.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living

Accommodation

Accommodation is guaranteed to all exchange students who submit their applications by the deadline for a September start in either HUB International Residence or Lister Centre (other on-campus accommodation options are not guaranteed). For students starting in the January term, guaranteed housing is not available; however, there are usually less applications for housing at this time and students can expect to learn of their room offers in late November.

Residence Services    

Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated cost of living in 2014-2015: CAD 5,000 to 7,000 per semester.

Additional Information

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences

Other student evaluation reports are available in the Student Resource room (room B07, Archway West building – see map)

The University, City and Region

The University

University of Alberta signCreated - in the words of its first president, Henry Marshall Tory - "for the uplifting of the whole people," the university is committed to inspiring the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship and building one of the world's great universities for the public good.

The University of Alberta is minutes from the North Saskatchewan River valley, North America's largest stretch of urban parkland. Historic Whyte Avenue, with its boutiques and coffee shops, is a short walk from campus, and downtown's Jasper Avenue, home to high-quality restaurants and nightlife, is a few LRT stops away.

Why Alberta?

The City of Edmonton and Region

Alberta-British Columbia boundaryDubbed "festival city," Edmonton teems with culture and arts events year-round. Residents celebrate the sunny, warm summer with the second largest Fringe Theatre Festival in the world, the world-renowned Folk Music Festival, and Heritage Days, an outdoor feast honouring the city's multicultural community.

Edmontonians also enjoy dozens of fitness and sport training facilities, and the city is known for its professional sport franchises, including hockey, football, baseball and lacrosse teams.

With the country's top-ranked health system, a mild climate and the Rocky Mountains close by, Edmonton offers an outstanding quality of life.

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email exchange@otago.ac.nz