What is the Sponsored Student Program?
The University of Alberta’s Sponsored Student Program (SSP) is a unit within the University of Alberta International office that offers a specialized, professional service to sponsoring organizations and their students in order to provide an optimal learning experience at our University.
The SSP links sponsoring organizations and their students with a U of A representative, who will serve as the central contact to provide guidance and support during the application and admissions process, when the students arrive, as they progress through their programs, and right through to graduation.
This unique program offers easy and reliable services and ongoing communications to sponsors and their students, providing them with any academic, social, and practical assistance they might require. The Sponsored Student Program will begin helping students through the application process as early as one year before they wish to attend.
Currently, the U of A works with more than 80 different sponsoring organizations in more than 45 different countries around the world.
Who are Sponsored Students?
Sponsored students are international students whose studies are fully or partially funded by their governments, companies, or third party entities. Support can include funding for tuition, fees, and living expenses.
Please note: The SSP does not provide funding to students; our office provides advising support to students who have either already obtained or will be seeking third-party sponsorship funding to attend the University of Alberta.
Services for Sponsors
We work closely with UAlberta Financial Services to set-up Third-Party Billing for tuition and fees.
Advising and assisting students applying to UAlberta
This includes providing information on academic programs, admission requirements, application procedures, monitoring statuses, and liaising with admissions offices.
Keeping sponsors up-to-date
We provide regular academic progress updates to sponsors as needed, including sending student transcripts to sponsors at the end of each semester.*
*Transcripts and updates will be provided in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Serving as a central contact
We maintain regular contact with both sponsors and students to answer all questions and receive timely communication from the University to ensure all inquiries are addressed.
Helping sponsored students find housing
This includes on or off campus in order to meet their needs. If housing applications are completed by April 30th, students are guaranteed accommodation in campus residence.
Coordinating visits with UAlberta
We can also host campus visits and coordinate meetings with sponsoring agency representatives.