International Student Services

International Undergraduate Student Bursary

The International Undergraduate Student Bursary (IUSB) Program provides bursaries to undergraduate international students in the event of an unanticipated financial shortfall due to extenuating circumstances.

The IUSB is a non-repayable grant paid directly into students’ financial customer accounts to pay outstanding tuition.

Selection for the bursary is based on demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to students in their final year of study who provide records of employment and sufficient documentation of extenuating circumstances.

The 2017 IUSB Competition is now open.


At the time of application, applicants must:

  • Be an international student registered full-time in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Alberta.
  • Be currently paying international student differential fees.
  • Have satisfactory academic standing.
  • Have a valid study permit.
  • Have demonstrated financial need:
    • Financial difficulties must be a result of unforeseen situation(s) over which the student had no explicit control; the situation must not be due to lack of planning.
    • All other available funding options must be exhausted before applying for an International Undergraduate Student Bursary.
    • Satisfactory documentation showing evidence of the applicant’s current circumstance and demonstrated financial need (within a modest standard of living) is required. Applications without appropriate documentation will not be processed.

Preference will be given to:

  • Students who have been employed during previous terms and in summer months—students should demonstrate a minimum contribution of $3000 saved from summer and/or term employment.
  • Students in their final year of study.
  • Students have not previously received the IUSB.

Application procedure

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Download, complete, and email the budget, declaration, and document checklist form
  3. Follow the instruction listed in the Document Checklist on how to label each supporting document (see above). Please Note: Multiple documents that relate to one number on the checklist must be combined into one file. If your supporting documents include receipts, bills, and leases, these should all be combined and saved as a single file.
  4. Send your completed application package with attached documents to Olivia Rosemarie: Online IUSB application and supporting documents must be received by August 10, 2017. Use the following subject line when sending supporting documents over email: Subject Line: IUSB 2017 Application: First Name Last Name. Incomplete application packages will not be adjudicated.
  5. Attend a mandatory interview session in person or via Skype. The ISS Student Programs Administrator will contact you to schedule an interview as soon as your complete application is received.

Evaluations are based on:

  • extenuating issues or conditions made evident through sufficient supporting documentation
  • level of student contribution (at least $3,000 saved from summer and/or term employment to meet financial need)
  • level of parental contribution
  • tuition payment plan for the duration of studies
  • academic standing/performance (GPA and awards/scholarships)
  • terms left to complete studies
  • supporting documentation provided
  • the student's level of unanticipated financial shortfall

Applications will be adjudicated following the IUSB assessment criteria.



Olivia Rosemarie
Student Programs Administrator, International Student Services