Middle East and North Africa

Some great reasons why students from the Middle East and North Africa choose the University of Alberta:

  • The University of Alberta is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world
  • The University of Alberta is also ranked number one for graduate employment in Canada
  • Upon graduating from the University of Alberta you can apply for the three year post-graduation work permit
  • Tuition and living costs are very competitive compared to similar ranked institutions in Canada, Australia, the USA, and the UK
  • Halal and vegetarian dining options on campus and close to campus
  • Edmonton is a multicultural, diverse and welcoming city where all ethnicities, cultures and religions are respected and celebrated. Join a local cultural group to feel connected to home!

Entrance Requirements

Completion of Five Academic Subjects

Students applying for admission from high school must show that they have successfully completed five academic subjects. The academic subjects you need to present will vary by program and Faculty. Find out which subjects you will need to present for your program of choice with the program finder.

Visit the Program Finder

A Selection of Accepted Local and National Curricula

  • Egypt: General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Iran: Diplom (Year 12) and Pre-University Certificate, or National High School Diploma for Grade 12 Completion and Transcript of marks, or National Entrance Exam (Konkur) result.
  • Please note this result is also considered in the final evaluation of your file.
  • Iraq: Sixth Form Baccalaurea
  • Jordan: Tawjihiya (General Secondary Education Certificate)
  • Kuwait: Shahadat al-Thanawia
  • Lebanon: Baccalauriat Part 11 or Baccalaureate (academic stream)
  • Morocco: Baccalaureat
  • Oman: General Secondary School Certificate
  • Qatar: Shahadat al-Thanawia
  • Saudi Arabia: General Secondary Education Certificate
  • United Arab Emirates: Shahadat al-Thanawia


Information on A-level Entry Criteria

US/American style curricula, including AP and IB

Information on the various Entry Criteria

Indian National & State Boards Curricula

CBSE and CISCE National Boards
Applicants completing Class XII

Applicants will be evaluated for Early Admission on presentation of the following:

  • Class X board results
  • Predicted Class XII grades

To obtain Final Admission and clear conditions:

  • Presenting final Class XII board results meeting the university's requirements and the information needed to verify them online
  • Applicants who were not offered Early Admission will be evaluated for Final Admission with final Class XII board results
Applicants who have already completed Class XII

Applicants will be evaluated for Final Admission based on the submission of final Class XII board results and the information needed to verify them online.

Indian State Boards

To be considered for a conditional offer, students will need to submit school results for Class XI showing a competitive average and course registration for Class XII, or Class XII mid-year results. The offer will become unconditional upon receipt of the final Class XII board results meeting the university's requirements

Please see this page for all accepted admissions curricula.

English Language Proficiency

Students in CBSE or CISCE schools, who present 75%+ on their final Class XII exams, meet our UAlberta English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement. For a full list of ways to meet ELP please see Language Requirements.

Admission is based on a competitive average in the 5 required courses for a program. The following are guidelines of what minimum GPA/grades/marks are considered competitive. These are ranges and may be subject to change. Not all international grading scales are equal and the final determination will be made by the Office of the Registrar upon submission of an application for admission. These guidelines are for informational purposes only. In the case of discrepancy between this website and the University of Alberta International Admissions Unit, the decision of the International Admissions Unit is final.

Scholarships and Awards

Admission-based scholarships - automatic evaluation!

You are automatically evaluated for these scholarships when you apply for admission. Your eligibility will be based on your high school admission average at the time of your admission offer.

International Admission Scholarship
Top students could receive up to
$5,000 CAD, depending on admission
Regional Excellence Scholarship
Top students from certain regions
could receive up to $5,000 CAD, based
on admission average.
Gold Standard Scholarship
The top 5% of students in each faculty could receive up to $6,000, depending on admission average.

Application-based scholarships - apply early!

You must apply to an undergraduate degree program before you can apply for any entrance scholarships. The deadline for application-based scholarships is January 12, 2022. Check out some of our tips about how to apply or visit our scholarship application form to get started!

Offers will be made starting in early Winter 2022.

President's International Distinction
Students with a superior admission
average and demonstrated leadership
qualities entering their first year of an
undergraduate degree on a Student
Visa Permit could receive up to
$120,000 CAD (payable over 4 years).
International Leader Scholarship
Well-rounded leaders with superior
academics may receive up to $10,000


All Scholarships and Awards

Questions? Contact us!

If you do not see your current study program listed, or for information on eligibility, please contact Ms. Khadija Jetha, International Relations & Recruitment Coordinator - Middle East and Africa.


Phone: +1 (780) 492-9392

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