Fall 2021 In-Person Courses

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The U of A is currently looking at all options to maximize in-person student learning opportunities in Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. In the autumn, we expect to continue with a combination of in-person and remote course delivery, but with significantly increased in-person and blended learning that maximize our spaces on campus.

We will provide the U of A’s Fall 2021 in-person schedule on Bear Tracks by April 26, 2021.

2021-22 Academic Year FAQs for Students

What will be the course delivery format? When will course locations and delivery formats be confirmed?

In Fall 2021, we expect to continue with a combination of in-person and remote course delivery, but with significantly increased in-person and blended learning that maximize our spaces on campus.

Academic planners, faculty organizers and instructors are currently working with campus health and safety experts to assess all classroom, lab, studio, research, work-integrated learning opportunities, and student service possibilities for the fall.

The location and delivery format of courses will be available in Bear Tracks (within student registration) by April 26, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, course delivery formats will continue to be subject to change according to public health restrictions. Follow the University of Alberta’s COVID-19 updates and check Campus Life for the latest information about the 2021-22 academic year. 

When can I register for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022?
To help students make the best decisions for their courses, we’ve taken the exceptional step this year of delaying our Fall 2021/Winter 2022 registration to start mid-May. By that time, students will know their anticipated course schedule and locations as the delivery formats of courses will be available in Bear Tracks by April 26. Registration dates will be assigned based on year of study and students will receive this information directly in April.
How will I know if my course will be remote?

The 2021-22 course schedule is not yet available. The location and delivery format of courses will be available in Bear Tracks within student registration by April 26. At that time, if a course will be delivered remotely, the location will appear as “Remote”.

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How will I know if my course will be in person?

The 2021-22 course schedule is not yet available. The location and delivery format of courses will be available in Bear Tracks within student registration by April 26. At that time, courses with an in-person component will have an updated Class Note to indicate that there is in-person content. 

The Class Notes provide the most important and helpful information. If a course occurs at a campus other than the North Campus, this will also be indicated. For example, ‘This class offers in-person content at the Augustana Campus’. 

The first example shows a course when details have been assigned.

The second example shows a course that does not have time or location specifics (For example: individual study for research). In these instances, students have typically already been and will continue to be in contact with their instructor.

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Why will only some courses be offered in person?
Due to public health restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not anticipate being able to offer in-person courses for all students. In-person courses and university activities will be offered whenever possible.
What is the university doing to ensure health and safety for in-person activities?

On our campus safety page, you will find a list of the essentials; what you need to know about campus safety protocols before and during a visit to U of A campuses. 

We do not yet know the public health restrictions for September 2021 in Alberta; however, we will continue to communicate with the university community as more information becomes available. Follow the University of Alberta’s COVID-19 updates and check Campus Life for the latest information about the 2021-22 academic year.

Will my course change delivery format part way through the term?
As long as health and safety guidelines remain the same/are not reduced, your course delivery method will remain consistent throughout the term. If provincial health authorities require the university to stop in-person delivery, we would ensure a transition to remote delivery.
What if my course has in-person content but I won’t be able to be on-campus?
We know that there may be circumstances that prevent you from attending in-person. If this is your situation, please contact your instructor to make alternative arrangements to allow you to complete the course outcomes.
What will be my 2021-22 tuition/program cost?

The cost of your degree will depend on several factors (e.g., your program, full-time or part-time study, if you’re a Canadian or international student). See U of A Tuition and Scholarships for estimates. 2021-22 tuition and fees will be confirmed by April 26, 2021.

Should I secure housing for Fall 2021? Are residences open?

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving. In preparing for the fall, ensure you have as much flexibility in your plans as possible. 

We do not yet know the public health restrictions for September 2021 in Alberta; however, we will continue to communicate with the university community as more information becomes available. Follow the University of Alberta’s COVID-19 updates and check Campus Life for the latest information about the 2021-22 academic year. 

That said, University of Alberta residences are open and already accepting applications for Spring/Summer and Fall 2021. The U of A offers guaranteed housing in residence for first year students. 

Learn more about living in U of A residences during COVID-19 »

The decision to sign a lease for private, off-campus housing is up to each individual.

What will be the U of A’s vaccine requirements?
Vaccines protect your health as well as the health of your loved ones and the community. Immunizations are a critical way to limit the spread of COVID-19. The university is currently assessing the impacts of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Alberta and around the world for our community in 2021-22. We will continue to communicate with the university community as more information becomes available.