After You Apply

Finalizing your admission

Once you have submitted your online or offline program admission application along with the $150 application fee payment:

1. Wait for us to contact you

Within 4-8 days: our Registration Office will process your application and send you an email regarding your University Student ID and UAlberta Email account. Once you have received this email, wait for your Letter of Acceptance to arrive:

  • in approximately 4 to 7 weeks by regular mail
  • in approximately 5 business days by courier

2. Get a Canadian Study Permit (if necessary)

Submit a copy of your Letter of Acceptance to your local Canadian Embassy or Consulate in support of your application for a Canadian Study Permit.

3. Make your housing arrangements

Once you receive your travel documents make your travel and housing arrangements. This should be done at least two months before you plan to arrive in Canada.

4. Download our smartphone app

To help you with planning your travel to Edmonton, you can now download our free "UAlberta ELS Arrival" available for both Android and iPhone.


Travel to Edmonton

Your arrival date

You will need to be present for your placement test – it takes place a few days prior to the class start date.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

From the Government of Canada website: "Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa." Click here for more details.

Arriving in Edmonton

International and domestic flights land at the Edmonton International Airport. If you have applied to the ELS Homestay Program, your host family will greet you at the airport.


Begin your studies

1. Placement test

Come to the English Language School office (Enterprise Square) on the day of the Placement Test. Please refer to the IDP Course Schedule for the Placement Test dates. Bring a copy of your Letter of Acceptance, your passport and Placement Test fee to the Placement Test.

2. Register for your class

Once the results of the Placement Test are posted (usually the next day), you can register for your class. Your Program (tuition) fee must be paid at this time. We cannot accept partial payments. Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis and classes fill up quickly. You should come to the office as soon as possible to register. Please note that your spot in the class is not guaranteed until you have paid your Program (tuition) fee.

3. Start classes!