International Programs

Dates & Deadlines

Despite the current situation with the global COVID-19 pandemic, at this time, we are still accepting and processing applications for incoming exchange for our Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters. Deadlines for Fall & Year-long exchanges starting in September have been extended to June 1, 2020. In light of expected delays in mail delivery services, we are also accepting exclusively electronic documents for all application packages. Please be aware, however, that all future exchanges to the University of Alberta will be subject to any restrictions or quarantine policies implemented by the University of Alberta or the Government of Canada moving forward. Applicants will be notified of any changes or updates as they become available.


Completed application packages must be received prior to the following application deadlines:

Fall Semester (Sept - Dec):     JUNE 1*— extended in consideration of implications of COVID-19 pandemic

Winter Semester (Jan - April): SEPTEMBER 15

*All applications received before this new deadline will be considered for admission. However, please understand that later application will likely mean more limited course options available and a more difficult time trying to secure on-campus housing. The Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta cannot guarantee course selections or housing preference. To ensure students have a better chance of getting their choice of courses, EARLY APPLICATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Processing of applications takes approximately 4-8 weeks.

IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT make any travel arrangements until you have received an official letter of admission from the University of Alberta and a student visa to enter Canada.

Term Dates

Please visit the University of Alberta Online Calendar to view the full official University of Alberta academic schedule. Dates for the 2020/2021 academic year are tentative until officially published.

Undergraduate & Graduate Programs 2020 - 2021 


Fall Term 2020
Sept 1 - Dec 22

Winter Term 2021
Jan 4 - Apr 24

Application Deadline

June 1*

September 15 (2020)

Orientation Session*

Aug 26-28

January 3

Classes Begin

September 1

January 4

Registration Deadline,
Last day to add/drop courses

September 15

January 15

Reading Week (no classes)

November 9-13

February 15-19

Classes End

December 7

April 9


December  10-22

April 12-24

* International Student Orientation (called "Transitions") is strongly recommended for all new incoming international students. Students are therefore expected to arrive in time to attend this orientation (approximately one week prior to the first day of class). Details of the orientation will be announced upon acceptance, or can be found on the International Student Services website.

* MBA Dual Degree participants will attend the week-long new MBA Student Orientation prior to semester start and should plan to be at the University of Alberta through June of the year following their admission in order to complete all requirements for the program. Invitation and details to be provided by the MBA Program Office directly to participants.