What Will it Cost?

Going abroad isn't as expensive as you think.

Costs will vary by program and destination. Many of the programs have cost information listed in the Program Finder. For those that don't have related cost information, requests can be sent to goabroad@ualberta.ca for more information.

You need to consider additional expenses, such as:

  • housing and the cost of living in your destination country
  • travel/airfare
  • medical insurance
  • passport/study permits fees, etc.
  • nomination fee

Note: Don't forget to apply for funding through our department and other external sources to help offset your expenses!

Cost Estimates by Program Type

Exchange Programs

Tuition costs for an exchange program are often similar to fees at UAlberta. 

  • Each of our exchange destinations has its own dedicated webpage (viewable through our Program Finder). Near the top of the page, under the photograph, you'll find a link to the exchange destination's website, and from there, it is often easy to find cost information. If cost information is not easily found, you can send an email to goabroad@ualberta.ca to request it.

  • Students on a formal exchange at a partner institution will be registered in an EXCH course at UAlberta and will be charged tuition at a rate of 15 credits per term and continue to pay some non-instructional fees at UAlberta.

  • Some non-instructional fees can be assessed at the host institution as well.

  • For a few programs, students register and pay tuition fees at the host institution. These rates will vary, but costs are typically similar to UAlberta. You will also be registered in an ABROD course at UAlberta. This course is a placeholder for which you will only pay the Student Academic Support fee and Health & Wellness fee.
Internship Programs
  • Costs for internship programs can vary. However, most programs come with some financial support: stipends offered by the host organization or funding secured specifically for the internship program.

  • International internships that are part of a UAlberta co-op or practicum term must pay the appropriate tuition fees to UAlberta.

  • Non co-op or practicum students will be registered in a placeholder course to maintain UAlberta registration; only non-instructional fees will be assessed.
Summer Programs
  • Summer programs are generally less expensive than term and full-year programs because they are shorter-only 3-6 weeks.

  • Students pay a program fee that typically includes tuition, accommodation, some meals, and field trips.

  • The majority of summer programs cost between $2,000 - $3,500 CAD.