International Admissions

Study Permit

Important notice: Some of the information provided on this page is no longer current in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most recent information about study permits, please refer to these updates from the International Student Services office.

Questions about study permits may be directed to advising@ualberta.ca.


To study in Canada for six months or longer, you must obtain a Study Permit from the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate. It is difficult to change your status once you are in Canada, so if you might study in Canada for longer than six months, apply for a study permit from outside Canada. IRCC are currently accepting study permit applications submitted online only.

You should begin the study permit procedure immediately upon receiving your official offer of admission from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR). The process of obtaining immigration documents differs between visa offices and can take up to 12 months to process.

For more information, see Study Permits.

Working in Canada

International students may be permitted to work in Canada while studying. If you wish to work during your period of study, you will need to have a valid study permit and maintain full time registration . Students who complete a degree program from the University of Alberta may also be eligible to work after program completion by applying for the Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). For more information, see Working in Canada.

Temporary Resident Visas

International students from non-visa exempt countries who will be studying for longer than 6 months will require both a Study Permit and a Temporary Resident Visa in order to enter Canada; however, students will only need to apply for a study permit. If the study permit is approved, the student will automatically be issued a TRV. If you plan to study in Canada for less than 6 months you will only need to apply for a TRV; however, while in Canada with “visitor” status you will not be eligible to work. For more information, see Temporary Resident Visas.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Visa-exempt foreign nationals entering Canada by air for studies less than 6 months will need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before they travel to Canada. Students who enter Canada with an eTA only, will not be eligible to work in Canada. Visa-exempt foreign nationals who apply  for their study or work permit before coming to Canada, are automatically issued an eTA with the approval of their permit.

If you enter with an eTA only, you will be authorized to remain in Canada for up to six months or until the date prescribed by the border services agent.

For more information or help with your registration, click here.


To learn more about immigration regulations, please consult Citizenship and Immigration Canada or contact a Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate office near to you.