International Visiting Student Program

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The International Visiting Student Program (IVSP) is a unique program allowing students to study at the University of Alberta for six, eight, ten or twelve months in ESL and regular academic courses. The program offers enhanced student support and advising, as well as cultural, sports, leisure activities and events.

Program Highlights

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Flexible Study Dates

A variety of start and end dates means you can choose the schedule that best fits your study plan at your home university.

Improve Your English

The first part of the IVSP is 2-4 months of intensive ESL training in order to develop and build language skills necessary to succeed in a Canadian university.

Study Academics, Earn Credits

Take regular university courses with Canadian and international students. It may be possible to transfer academic credit earned at UAlberta to a program of study at your home university.

Personalized Service

You will receive personalized support from the time you apply until you complete the program. Individualized advising appointments and seminars guide you to success at UAlberta.

Experience Life in Canada

Live in a campus residence with other international or Canadian students, or with a local homestay family. Social and cultural events are regularly organized so you can enjoy your free time.

Volunteer in the Community

Meet local community members, gain valuable skills, improve your English, and make an impact! IVSP advisors can help students find volunteer opportunities while they are at UAlberta.

Time Well Spent

The IVSP personalized services set the program apart from a more independent study abroad experience. The cost for these services and the English language courses is packaged into the IVSP program fee.

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Program Information

View the schedules, dates, and fees for the IVSP.

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How to Apply

Review the IVSP application process and submit your application today!

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English Language Studies

Find out about the ESL courses IVSP students can take.


Academic Information

Learn more about the academic courses that IVSP students are able to take at UAlberta.

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Events & Cultural Activities

Discover some of the cultural and recreational events and trips organized for IVSP students.

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Find out more about housing options for IVSP students.