Summer Programs

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta offers a four-week summer program for international students wanting to study at a top Canadian university, while improving their English language skills and learning more about Canadian culture and practices.

The summer program includes lectures, field trips, communication skills training, and social activities. Students have the opportunity to experience campus life at one of Canada’s top universities, with some extra time for fun and exploration.

Summer Program 2017

July 13 to August 13, 2017

Deadline for registration: May 15, 2017
Please contact Chantelle Sedgwick for more information or to register.

Students can choose from one of two packages. Each package consists of two courses. The University of Alberta does not offer credit for the courses, but the home university may choose to grant credit for them.

Package A: Introduction to Canadian Natural Resources
This package offers an overview of the science and management of natural resources in Canada, including land, forest, wildlife and other resources.

Course 1: Introduction to Canadian agriculture, natural resources and the energy sector
Course 2: Introduction to plant and forest ecology 

Package B: Socio-Economics of Canadian Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy
Socio-Economics is the study of the relationship between social and economic factors in a society. This package offers an overview of socio-economic issues and policies and business of Canadian food and agriculture, natural resources (such as forests and wetlands) and energy. No prior knowledge of social or economic theory is required to take this course.

Course 1: Introduction to socio-economic issues and policies in Canadian food and agriculture
Course 2: Introduction to socio-economic issues and policies in Canadian natural resources and energy 

Program Fee: The cost of package A or B is $4500/student.

What is Included:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • City tour
  • Field trips
  • Social activities (There may be a small fee associated with optional activities.)
  • Orientation and farewell events. 

Students are responsible for meals and should budget at least $35 CAN/day. Restaurants are available across campus within walking distance. Students may choose to cook their own meals, which would be less costly, as a kitchen is available in the residences. Students are responsible for the cost of their international travel, visa application fees, and medical insurance.


Optional Banff/Jasper Trip

Alberta is known for its beautiful Rocky Mountains. Students will have the option of taking a three day trip to the Rocky Mountains to visit Banff and Jasper National Parks. The trip is at an additional cost.