Fall 2021 Courses

Changes to Fall 2021 Academic Schedule
  • September 30, 2021: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. No classes.
  • December 8, 2021: Additional instructional day for classes cancelled on September 30 and are scheduled for the full 13 weeks of the Fall 2021 term. Please confirm with your instructor whether you will have a class on this day.
  • December 9, 2021: Additional instructional day for classes cancelled on September 16. Some exceptions may apply. Please confirm with your instructor whether you will have a class on this day.

Undergraduate and Graduate

The Fall 2021 course schedule is now available in Bear Tracks and indicates the location as ‘Main’ for in-person or ‘Online’. You can also search the table at the bottom of this page for a list of available 'Online' courses. This will allow students the opportunity to begin planning and making decisions based on our current directives. To support students in making 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. If you are a continuing student, or a student who has accepted your admission offer, your enrolment date dates are assigned in Bear Tracks and differ based on year of study.

While we know there is much uncertainty around COVID-19 right now, as we look to Fall, we are carefully planning for a return to campus where the majority of courses will be offered in-person. The U of A Fall Readiness Committee is working through scenarios capitalizing on lessons learned to enhance operations, sustainability, and service delivery while protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff above all considerations.

The following FAQs should help answer some of your initial questions.

2021-22 Academic Year FAQs for Students

What will be the course delivery format?

As of April 26, 2021, the location and delivery format of courses is available in Bear Tracks (within student registration). 

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. If you are a continuing student, or a student who has accepted your admission offer, your enrolment date is assigned in Bear Tracks. Enrolment dates differ based on year of study.
How will I know if my course will be online?

The location and delivery format of courses is available in Bear Tracks within student registration. If a course will be delivered online, the location will appear as “Online” and the Instruction mode will indicate “Internet”. You can also filter your search results by instruction mode, and can choose ‘Internet’ if you are searching for online only classes.

Online class

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

The location and delivery format of courses is available in Bear Tracks. The majority of courses are being planned for in-person delivery. In person classes will have a location of "Main", and a campus of "Main Campus".

In person
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 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 undergraduate estimates and a link to the cost calculator.

Are residences open for Fall 2021?

University of Alberta residences are open and accepting applications for Fall 2021. The U of A offers guaranteed housing in residence for first year students if you apply by June 1, 2021. Residence accommodation is also available for upper year undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn about the benefits of living in Residence »

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.

Fall 2021 Courses - Online

The following table allows you to search for available Online options only. Please view the course schedule in Bear Tracks for in-person options. 

Engineering students are encouraged to visit the Faculty of Engineering's Fall 2021 web page for additional information and courses that are available in an online or hybrid format.