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.
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. For the summer of 2016, the initiative gave 54 $5,000 research stipends to undergraduate students, the largest amount in the program's six-year history.
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 11 years ago, the program has seen a 900 per cent increase in enrolment and a fourfold increase in community partners.