U of A Plus Program

International Undergraduate Academic Success Program

August 15 - 24, 2018

Do you want to get a head start at the U of A? Are you are looking to overcome the unique challenges of being a new international student--living in a new culture, adapting to a new learning environment? U of A+ is the program for you!

U of A+ is an introductory academic skills program, focused on increasing international undergraduate students’ academic proficiency and clarifying what is expected of students 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.

Information you need to know for Wednesday

Registration is now closed. 

What you will learn:

  • How to work with students from different cultures 
  • What are Canadian classroom expectations
  • 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+ 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

Who Can Register?

Students from all faculties are welcome. To apply you must:

  • Be a first-year international student coming to the University of Alberta
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or bridging program student
  • Have a valid study permit upon arrival


Early bird before June 22, 2018: $150.00

After June 22, 2018: $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.


Student and Guest Services

Students enrolled in U of A+ can register for temporary accommodation with Student and Guest Services.

To apply, fill out the Accommodation Reservation form and email Guest Services (guest.services@ualberta.ca). This option costs $49/night

IMPORTANT NOTE: This form specifies accommodation with Guest Services is available until August 23, 2018; we would like to assure students, campus accommodation is available for the entire duration of the U of A+ program. 

Students, who have confirmed on-campus housing for fall 2018, can move into their residence building, August 23, 2018. The rate to stay is $25/night until the move-in date for the fall 2018 term.

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

Find Your Own Accommodation

Students may find their own temporary housing in Edmonton for August. See the temporary accommodations section for other options.


Email us your questions or concerns

U of A+ Program:

Introduction to Canadian Academic Writing (Centre for Writers)

Learn the cultural expectations of North American academic writing, common discipline-specific writing genres, and the components of the writing process. From understanding an assignment description to producing a detailed outline. Tutors identify the various writing and research support services available across campus.
This session focuses on grammar, punctuation, self-editing process, and different strategies for writing an in-class essay. At the end of this session, you will do an in-class essay assignment on what you learned. 

A Dramatic Approach to Communication (Michele Fleiger)

This session develops your awareness and potential to communicate with passion, power, and purpose. Through a variety of active engagement exercises, learn how to enhance your range of vocal and physical expression, develop an awareness of the cultural expectations in the Canadian classroom, and discover how to feel confident, relaxed and be able to fully participate in your Canadian experience on and off campus.

Critical Thinking: Thinking for Yourself, with Others (Jason Taylor/ Eurekamp)

In this session, you will learn how to: 

  • Work productively in groups
  • Be comfortable speaking and listening in groups
  • Identify and form good discussion questions 
  • Think critically about ideas by, e.g., identifying reasons, listing assumptions, raising examples
  • Critically self-assess your thinking; i.e., think of the 'meta-level', about your own thinking

Achieve your Career Goals: Make the most of your university experience (University of Alberta Career Centre)

If you hope to stay in Canada after graduation, find a good job, and be competitive, you need more than your post-secondary education. You need Canadian work experience, proficient English language skills and a professional network. Learn about potential career opportunities, what employers look for in potential candidates; and participate in different activities throughout the academic year. 

The University of Alberta Career Centre is a student service, your resource for career and employment information and expertise. They provide essential links between those looking for work and those looking to hire. Learn about the programs that can help you achieve your employment goals including U of A Job Shadow Week, Career Mentoring Program, Transition to Career (T2C), Employer Information Sessions, the Arts Work Experience Program (AWE) and the ALES Internship Program.

What to Expect Studying at UAlberta (International Student Services)

Get ready for your exciting new adventure at UAlberta! In the next four to five years, you will go through many new moments; your expectations may be different from what you will experience. Learn from International Student Specialists in this session, on how to transition to a Canadian university as an international student; academic culture differences; strategies you can use to help you succeed, and how to access on-campus resources and services. Through stories, activities, and discussions, this session prepares you to learn how to adapt yourself to the new academic culture and how to use different campus resources to support yourself.

The Pragmatics of Working in the Canadian Context (Caroline Lawson)

Most students start university with hopes to find employment at the end.  Whether you plan to stay in Canada or go back to your home country, getting work experience will increase your chances.  To do that, it is important to ask, "What do organizations and jobs expect of employees, and how does that look?"  This session explores the unwritten rules of a Canadian workplace.  We will discuss what initiative, promotability and teamwork look like. This session clarifies how, in Canada, it is not your technical job skills that get you the position, but how you interact with work colleagues. 

Surviving Cultural Transition 

For some, this may be the first time you experience a “foreign” culture on your own. While it is an exciting experience, you may come across challenges in this new culture.  Your focus on new cultural experiences combined with a new academic culture can result in a lot of mental, emotional and cultural stress. This session, a two-part series, aims to provide an opportunity to think about perceptions and discuss different ways to communicate while introducing tools to help your cultural transition, to better understand and leverage your own cultural identity.

Expectations and Accountability – strategies for success in an academic community

You might be surprised by some of the cultural differences you will encounter in Canada; This session talks about how you can conduct yourself, both in their academic work and in the University community, so that everyone has equal opportunities to succeed. Using stories, discussions, and videos, presenters discuss academic integrity strategies. 

Library Session (University of Alberta Libraries)

We have one of the largest University libraries in North America and we know that finding good information for your studies can be complex and confusing. Don't worry, our library staff really enjoy helping people.  Attend this session to learn: 

  • The many facets of our library system
  • A variety of ways to search our library and how it is different than just going online (e.g. Google, Baidu, etc) 
  • Library locations and spaces for study and research
  • Useful amenities: e.g. textbooks to borrow, printing, computers to use 


For questions or more information email uaplus@ualberta.ca