Undergrad FAQs

Is this program only for undergraduate students?

Yes. PLLC's Certificate can only be embedded within an undergraduate degree, as such, only those enrolled in an undergraduate degree program are eligible to participate. 

Why should I join PLLC?

Our program intends to make students life ready, which includes creating opportunities to practice interdisciplinary skills through experiential learning in a cooperative space. Students will learn from industry professionals, such as mentors, and gain real-world skills through co-curricular programming. Personal development and education on leadership and ethics will help students lead in their field of study. Students that complete the PLLC program will receive a Certificate in Interdsciplinary Leadership Studies upon graduating from their primary degree.

What is a certificate? 

The University of Alberta offers certificates across a range of disciplines, which recognize student achievement in particular areas of focus not readily apparent on a student's degree or transcript, such as leadership. See full details on Certificates in the University Calendar. PLLC's certificate is embedded, meaning it will be earned during your time as an undergrad and awarded alongside your degree.

What courses will I take?

Students enrolled in PLLC are required to take four ★3 courses for a total of 12 credits. In many cases, students are able to embed some or all of their PLLC courses in their primary degrees.

  • Corequisite: INT D 301: Foundations of Leadership offered by Arts 

  • Corequisite: INT D 306: Topics of Leadership offered by ALES

  • INT D 406: Capstone Leadership Project offered by Science

  • INT D 407: Workshops in Leadership offered by Business

Can I enrol in the courses individually without applying to the PLLC?

Yes, PLLC courses are open to undergraduate students that have completed 30 credits or more (including students outside of PLLC), beginning with Foundations of Leadership (INT D 301). Students don't need to be in a degree program to be eligible and may be in Open Studies, for example, but they do need to be an undergraduate student. After completing INT D 301, students may sign up for other PLLC courses according to their interest and/or availability. 

What kind of work and assignments can I expect?

PLLC courses are unique and rely on experiential learning-instead of traditional lectures, students actively apply course content in class via creative activities and facilitated discussion. Assignment and activities are mostly based on real-life situations, current events and innovative research that engage students to problem-solve and reflect on their leadership practice. There are no midterms or final exams; assignments are often written. There is a strong focus on teamwork in both class activities and assignments.

Should I apply for the PLLC certificate if I'm unsure if I'll have time to complete it?

We encourage interested students to enrol in Foundations of Leadership (INT D 301), after which they can take our other classes and sign up for the certificate. If you have questions as to how the PLLC certificate will fit with your degree, please contact us. Note that students that withdraw from the certificate do not receive a mark on their transcript and are not penalized for doing so.

What awards or financial support is available?

Three $10,000 entrance scholarships are available to first-year PLLC scholars. Additionally, each student is eligible for up to $5,000 in Stretch Experience funding, which is awarded to approved Stretch Experience projects. After completing a Stretch Experience, students may apply to be considered for the Tavender Award, which will grant an additional $5,000 to the project. Visit the Registrar Office's Awards website for full award details. 

Students in financial need are encouraged to apply for the PLLC Hybrid Award. PLLC has provided additional funding to this program for scholars in financial need. 

Can I join the program if I'm not a University of Alberta student?

No, you must be registered in a UAlberta undergraduate degree to participate. If you're planning to transfer, you can apply to join the College upon your acceptance to UAlberta.

What costs are associated with the program?

Regular international or domestic tuition and fees apply to our courses. Extra-curricular opportunities are offered at no extra cost. Students should speak with an advisor in their Faculty to see if PLLC courses count towards their primary degree, reducing the cost of PLLC tuition. 

Is PLLC a residential program?

No. Eligibility for our Certificate in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies is not affected by a student's choice of residence.