What Will it Cost?

Going abroad isn't as expensive as you think.

Costs will vary by program and destination.  You will find the costs of each program listed in the Program Finder.

You will have 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

Cost Estimates by Program Type

Exchange Programs

Tuition costs for an exchange program are often similar to fees at UAlberta. Here's a 4-month comparison.

Stay at UAlberta

Ludwig Maximillan University of

Tuition & Fees $3,603.59/term $3,603.59/term
Books $400 - $700/term $0-$100
Accommodation $460 - $1424/month $480 - $960/month
Food $320 - $500/month $270 - $450/month
Transportation $145/term (included in fees) $108/term
Airfare n/a $1,000 - $1,500
Nomination Fee n/a $250
Total $7,123.59 - $11,999.59 $7,961.59 - $11,201.59

• 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.