U of A Plus Program

Get a running start at UAlberta with U of A+!

August 14 - 23, 2019

Overcome the unique challenges of being a new international student — living in a new culture, adapting to a new learning environment — Register for U of A+ it is the program for you!

The U of A+ program introduces you to the University's academic culture and clarifies what is expected of you in a Canadian university classroom. 

Through a series of classes, workshops, and peer-led activities, you will develop skills to help you succeed in the Canadian post-secondary system. It’s also a great way to connect with other students and build lasting friendships.

Register now!

What you will learn:

  • How to work with students from different cultures 
  • What are Canadian classroom expectations
  • To familiarize yourself with your new academic culture
  • How to write academic essays and reports 
  • How to communicate appropriately with your professors
  • How to build your resume and plan for your future career in Canada
  • Volunteer experience/field trip: Get to know Edmonton's culture, experience teamwork activities and make friends! 
U of A+ student profile: Fatima Mohamed   Watch Fatima's testimonial on how the U of A+ program helped her navigate UAlberta.   

"U of A+ teachers are like a team of coaches who encourage and help us adapt to the UAlberta teaching styles and life at University quickly."— Yichen Liu, Faculty of Arts, China.  



Yichen Liu


“My experience with U of A+ was one of a kind, just like the friends I met and the tips on how to thrive in school!” – Jesslyn Rosanna, Indonesia.

Who Can Register?

Students from all faculties are welcome. Register if you:

  • Are first-year international student coming to the University of Alberta
  • Are enrolled in an undergraduate degree, bridging program, visiting or exchange student
  • Have a valid study permit upon arrival
  • Are new to Canada's academic culture


Early bird until June 30, 2019: $150.00

After June 30, 2019: $200.00

This fee includes:

  • Registration
  • All classes, workshops, training, class materials,
  • Field trip (transportation and lunch included)
  • Opening reception breakfast, lunches, and graduation dinner

You must prepare for additional living costs, including temporary accommodation, meals, etc. Reserve your seat for FREE transportation from the airport when you register for Transitions Orientation.


On-Campus Accommodation 

Students enrolled in the U of A+ program can register for temporary accommodation with Student and Guest Services in Lister Centre, August 1 - 19, 2019. The deadline to register is July 31, 2019. 

Register now! 

Email Student & Guest Services (guest.services@ualberta.ca) to request a reservation form. 

Please note: You do not need to pay when you apply, your credit card information is required when you check-in. 


This form specifies accommodation with Student & Guest Services is available until August 19, 2019, at the rate of $49 per night. Rest assured, if you are enrolled in the U of A+ program and have confirmed a space on-campus residence for fall 2019, you will have accommodation until your academic year begins. 

If your fall term room is in Lister Residence, Residence Services will do their best to assign you the same room you will live in during your academic year, so you do not have to move to a different room after the U of A+ program. 

Please note: Your nightly rate will change to $25 per night on August 19 until your fall term contract starts on August 26, 2019. This is because linen and cleaning service will end August 19, 2019. Residence Services will contact you with more information and fall term assignment details after you arrive on campus. 

If your fall term room is at another residence on campus, we will coordinate your room transfer on August 19, 2019. Information and details will be sent to you about transferring after you arrive on campus. 

Please note: Your nightly rate will change to $25 per night on August 19 until your fall term contract starts on August 26, 2019. This is because linen and cleaning service will end August 19, 2019. 

Off-Campus Accommodation 

Students may find their own temporary housing in Edmonton for August. 

See the temporary accommodations section for other options. 

Please note: If you choose to live off campus while attending the U of A+ program, you will not be able to move into residence until August 26, 2019.


If you have any questions, please email us at uofaplus@ualberta.ca