How to Apply

Candidates wishing to register in courses as part of a study exchange at UAlberta

Undergraduate or graduate students wishing to take UAlberta courses must be from an exchange partner institution with a current Student Exchange Agreement and must be nominated for exchange to the University of Alberta. To check this, please use the Find a Program tool on our Go Abroad website by selecting the Country of your home university and selecting Program Type “Exchange”. If your home university is listed, we have a current Student Exchange Agreement and you may proceed with pursuing a course-based study exchange program. 

Candidates from a UAlberta exchange partner wishing to register in courses should contact the UAlberta Exchange Coordinator at michal.guzowski@ualberta.ca. The deadlines to apply are:

  • Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED): February 20, 2019
  • ELAP; Canada-Chile; CARICOM (CCLSP): March 7, 2019

Students from non-exchange partner institutions may only conduct research at UAlberta. Please see below for details.

Candidates wishing to do Research at UAlberta

The candidate (international student or faculty member/manager) must find a UAlberta host supervisor and work with the host supervisor to determine a mutually agreed upon research project and duration based on the scholarship that is being applied for.

Please find our professor listings by faculty and research area on the different University of Alberta faculty websites. Then you can make connections by emailing professors you would potentially like to work with, as their contact information is on the website. When emailing them, please be sure to include:

  • your full name and contact information
  • your home University and home country
  • whether you are currently an undergraduate or graduate student
  • which year of your program you are in
  • the full name of the program you would be applying for
  • how long of a stay you wish to do research for (ex. 4 months, 5-6 months, 8 months)
  • your ideal start date (must be between August 1 – February 1)
  • information for host supervisors 

Here are the professor listings by Faculty:

Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES

Alberta School of Business

Faculty of Arts

Augustana Campus

Campus Saint-Jean

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Faculty of Native Studies

Faculty of Nursing

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Faculty of Science

School of Public Health

The candidate must submit the 6 required application documents listed below to the UAlberta host supervisor. Where required, the University of Alberta International (UAI) will submit a signed copy of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or other agreement with the partner institution if one exists. Neither the candidate nor the host supervisor need to obtain or provide this document.

Candidates interested in applying for the research award should work with the host supervisor to submit their application together to the UAlberta Internship Programs Coordinator at intern@ualberta.ca. The deadlines to apply are:

  • Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED): February 20, 2019
  • ELAP; Canada-Chile; CARICOM (CCLSP): March 7, 2019

UAI will submit the application to the Government of Canada on behalf of the host supervisor and candidate and will notify the candidate and host supervisor of the results via e-mail.

Application Documents Required

In order to be accepted as an exchange student or as a researcher, candidates must provide the UAlberta Exchange Coordinator or the UAlberta Internship Programs Coordinator (Inbound), respectively, with the following documents:

NOTE: Each document must be smaller than 5 MB. Acceptable file formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt, .gif

  1. Proof of citizenship

A copy of the candidate's passport photo page or national identity document with valid dates. Note: a driver's licence, permanent resident card, student card or baptism certificate is not accepted as proof of citizenship.

  1. Proof of full-time enrolment

A letter in English or French from the home institution, on official letterhead, dated within the last six months, confirming that the candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time program and will continue to be enrolled upon their return. Note: copies of transcripts, a student card or letter of admission are not acceptable (maximum one page).

  1. Letter of intent from the candidate

A letter in English or French from the candidate describing the nature of their research or studies to be undertaken and explaining the rationale for study in Canada and for the choice of institution, the program and the supervisor. The candidate must also indicate how the proposed program of study or research will relate to their future career (maximum one page).

*SEED applicants must include the following in their letter:

  • A brief description of the chosen field of study or research;
  • A brief explanation of how the chosen field of study or research is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • An identification of which Sustainable Development Goal(s) the chosen field of study or research is aligned with;
  • For candidates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in your home country;
  • For candidates from Brunei and Singapore: please provide a brief explanation of how you plan to use the learning in Canada to help combat poverty in one of the other eight ASEAN countries listed above.
  1. Letter of support from the home institution

A letter in English or French from the candidate's instructor, professor or international director on the institution's official letterhead explaining the nature of study and how the candidate and the home institution will benefit from this scholarship program (maximum one page).

  1. Privacy Notice Statement

A copy of the Privacy Notice Statement for non-Canadian participants signed by the candidate. 

  1. Letter of invitation from the Canadian supervisor (Graduate Research Applicants ONLY)

Applications for graduate students intending to conduct research (only) must include a letter from the Canadian supervisor indicating their willingness to support and mentor the candidate. This letter must be on institutional letterhead, be in English or in French, be signed and demonstrate the support for the candidate during the exchange period and demonstrate how the Canadian institution, supervisor and peers will benefit (maximum one page).