GOAL: Experience diverse and rewarding learning opportunities that inspire us, nurture our talents, expand our knowledge and skills, and enable our success. 

In 2018-19, UAlberta International...

...provided a wide range of services to promote student success.

Welcome Services 

UAlberta International offered a suite of welcome services to new international students, including:

  • Airport Welcome in collaboration with Edmonton postsecondaries: welcomed 898 UAlberta students
  • Campus Check-In: served 1,085 UAlberta students
  • Transitions Orientation: attended by 813 students (668 in Fall, 145 in Winter)
  • U of A Plus: 74 participants 

International Student Tax Clinic

The Tax clinic ran for 15 days with 41 volunteers; in which one to one service was provided to 606 students. The program served 20% more students than in 2017-18.

I-Work! Career Preparation Workshops & Conference

UAlberta International collaborated with the UAlberta Career Centre to offer programming to enhance international student graduate employment outcomes. The I-Work! series of six workshops welcomed 160 student participants, followed by the I-Work! Conference, which saw 90 student participants – 45 graduate students and 45 undergraduates. 

Peer Program

90 senior students were matched with 565 newly admitted students who participated in 26 events throughout the year.

Share the Cheer 

Share the Cheer, which matches volunteer campus hosts with international students to share a holiday meal over the winter break, had 95 hosts from staff, faculty, the Senate, and graduate students welcome 293 student guests.

English Conversation Club 

English Convocation Club was held once a week between October 2018 and April 2019. In total 249 unique students attended and on average there were 45 students per session (up from 16 in 2017).  On average students attended 3.5 sessions facilitated by UAI staff and guest speakers from on and off campus.

...offered programming that enriched intercultural learning and global citizenship at UAlberta.

Certificate in International Learning 

Established in 2013, the Certificate in International Learning (CIL) provides an opportunity for all undergraduates to gain recognition for their international learning and enhance their intercultural competencies. The CIL is an embedded certificate granted by the Faculty of Arts. UAIberta International, in collaboration with the CIL Academic Advisor, is responsible for all the promotion and administration of the program.

17 students graduated with the Certificate in International Learning during Fall 2018 convocation, as well as 74 graduates during Spring 2018 convocation. Currently, there are 377 students from 11 faculties enrolled in the CIL.

International House Programming 

International House, a joint project between UAI and Residence Services, is home to 154 student residents. UAlberta International develops and delivers programs focused on intercultural and global leadership competencies and trains and mentors the student leadership team. In 2018-19, International House residents engaged in 150 events with a total attendance of 2,584.

The Global Leadership Intentional Development (GLIDe) program at International House launched. 20 individuals participated at various levels for a total of 190 hours of participation.

The Davis Projects for Peace grant of US$10,000 was secured for “James Town Hearts Painting Peace” project in Accra, Ghana.


...facilitated pathways for UAlberta students to discover work, volunteer, and study abroad opportunities. 

OWL Consortium

The Edmonton Coalition-OWL agreement was signed, through which students enrolled at Concordia University of Edmonton, MacEwan University, NAIT and UAlberta may participate on an exchange or an internship program through one of the OWL Consortium universities in Germany’s Ostwestfalen-Lippe region, which includes the University of Bielefeld, FH Bielefeld University of Applied Science, Paderborn University, and Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences.

Go Abroad Fair 

The UAlberta Go Abroad Fair took place on September 19, with record attendance of 1,100 students who had the chance to connect with 40 exhibitors. This year’s sponsors included: The UAlberta China Institute, Maple Bridge International, the Confucius Institute Edmonton, and the Pennsylvania Institute for International Exchange and Partnership.

e3 Programs

UAlberta’s e3 is a unique study and work abroad program that allows students the flexibility to choose from three experiences in one location: language study, international internships, and academic coursework.

Campus-wide Outreach & Support

  • UAlberta International maintained an online searchable Program Finder containing over 250 campus-wide education abroad opportunities and delivered the Go Abroad e-newsletter to 7,000+ inboxes bi-weekly. 
  • UAlberta International monitored global news for potential impact on students abroad, and reached out to registered student 50 times during the year to advise of precautions due to upcoming events or status updates after events occurred. 
  • In 2018-19, UAlberta International disbursed education abroad funding of $1,163,880 to 657 students. $381,500 was secured from external sources.