Close to 450 student groups are active on campus in nearly every area of
student interest: academic, cultural, recreational, and political.
Opportunities also exist to take part in student governance as part of the Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association.
This diversity of interest includes outer space. Students from the faculties of science and engineering developed the first ever made-in-Alberta satellite, which was deployed from the International Space Station on May 26, 2017. Named Ex-Alta 1, the satellite was created to examine space weather.
The U of A strives to enhance students’ opportunities to study internationally at dozens of partner institutions. Exchanges are also possible with fellow members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a consortium of 18 top research universities established to facilitate global international research and teaching collaborations.
The U of A’s e3 summer program provides an unparalleled blend of academics and real-life work experience. Offered in Berlin, Brazil, and Washington, D.C., this flexible program allows students to combine language study, work or research
internship, and academic coursework during their summer abroad.
Undergraduate research opportunities
The Undergraduate Research Initiative was created in 2011 to develop discipline-specific and interdisciplinary skills for employment, research, and service in the community. Since it opened, the initiative has given 306 $5,000 stipends to support undergraduate students.
Community Service Learning
In the Community Service-Learning Program, students gain hands-on experiences and draw real-life connections to social issues while giving back to their community. Since launching 12 years ago, the program has seen a 900 per cent increase in enrolment and a fourfold increase in community partners.