Exchange and Visiting Graduate Student Programs

Student exchange and visiting student programs at UAlberta can provide the opportunity to broaden our outlook and understanding, explore transnational inquiries and challenge us to discover new strengths and perspectives.

Exchange Programs with Partner Institutions and Other Universities

Exchange programs with partner institutions within Canada and around the world provide the opportunity for students to explore the domestic and international stages while completing their university education.

University of Alberta International has created a Go Abroad Program Finder tool to assist students in their abroad opportunities. Admission requirements vary greatly among departments.

Visiting students who are not part of an exchange, require a letter of permission from their home institution. Consult with appropriate department where relevant courses are offered.

Western Deans' Agreement—Western Canadian University Intercampus Exchange Program

Established in 1974, the Western Deans' Agreement is a formal exchange program between 17 participating institutions in Western Canada. Its primary purpose is the reciprocal enrichment of graduate programs throughout Western Canada.

See Section 5.12 of the Graduate Program Manual "Visiting Graduate Students on Formal Exchanges" and "Visiting Graduate Students Under the Western Deans" Agreement".

See also the Visiting and Exchange Application process in the Admissions section of this website.

Research 900 Registration (for Visiting Graduate Students)

Visiting Graduate Students in a degree program from another university who wish to study at UAlberta in a research only capacity—without taking courses—can register in Research 900. This research will be conducted at UAlberta under the supervision of UAlberta faculty member. For more details on Research 900 registration and fees go here

Research 900 (RSCH 900) is offered as a course registration for visiting graduate students who are registered at another academic institution and who will be conducting research only at the UofA under the supervision of a UofA faculty member, but will not be taking UofA courses.

Research 900 students must be continuously registered for each term they are on campus (ie. each Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) to maintain their student status and campus privileges.

Provides visiting student researchers with a ONECard and access to resources and services such as athletic and recreation facilities, health services, WCB and liability coverage, U-Pass (Fall & Winter Terms only), official UofA transcript certifying attendance, University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan (UAHIP) - international students.

Click here for more information regarding Research 900 sample assessments.