Intercultural Experience

Study, Work, or Volunteer Abroad

  • 1. UAlberta Students Going Abroad

    UAlberta students can study, work, or volunteer in any country but the program must be 6 weeks, or more in duration. Students may combine up to two study, work, or volunteer abroad experiences to meet the 6 week threshold. Abroad experiences must be part of, or proximate to the student’s university career.

    UAlberta Programs

    Education abroad programs of 6 weeks or more offered by UAlberta (including University of Alberta International or faculties)

    UAlberta offers more than 300 programs in 40 countries.

    Visit www.goabroad.ualberta.ca, or talk to your faculty for information on international exchanges, internships, co-op programs and field schools.

    External Institution or Organization Programs

    A variety of international learning opportunities offered by government agencies and non-governmental organizations that can count toward the CIL.

    Students are encouraged to discuss their plans with a CIL advisor (cil@ualberta.cabefore departing to ensure that their experience will count toward the CIL upon their return.

  • 2. International Students Studying at UAlberta
    International students at the University of Alberta (who are, graduating with a UAlberta degree) meet the study abroad requirement by choosing to study outside their home country.
  • Provide Documentation and Get CIL Credit

    Submit Your UAlberta Transcript

    If your experience abroad is clearly denoted as an exchange, internship or international field school on your transcript, upload your updated transcript to the CIL database.

    If your experience is on your transcript as a course but it is not obvious the course was offered in another country, upload your transcript to the CIL Database with a note identifying the course and the affiliated education abroad program.

    Experiences abroad that are not on your transcript

    If your experience abroad is not denoted on your transcript, complete a complete a Confirmation of International/Intercultural Experience Form and upload it to the CIL Database for review.

Service with a cross-cultural agency in Canada

  • Provide Documentation and Get CIL Credit

    After completing 100 hours with a cross-cultural agency in Canada, complete a Confirmation of International/Intercultural Experience Form and upload it to the CIL Database for review.

  • Service with a cross-cultural agency in Canada

    100 hours of work or volunteer experience with a cross-cultural agency in Canada may be used towards the CIL. 

    Placements must be in contexts where:

    • Cross-cultural communication and relationship-building is a central part of the unit or organizational mandate
    • The student has regular, face-to-face interactions with individuals from (a) different cultural background(s)
    • The student can solicit advice or guidance from staff members with knowledge and expertise in cross-cultural communication

    Students are required to locate their own placements and are encouraged to consider agencies that serve a multicultural client base (e.g., newcomer serving agencies) or a particular cultural community, including an Aboriginal community.

    The option to complete 100 hours of service with a cross-cultural agency in Canada is offered to students as an alternative to studying, working or volunteering abroad or living in International House. As such, it is meant to be as immersive as possible. Students, therefore, may not combine work or volunteer placements to meet the 100 hour threshold.

     Students are encouraged to discuss their placements with a CIL advisor (cil@ualberta.cabefore undertaking them.

Living in International House