Winter 2021 Dates

The University of Alberta recognizes that this year has been full of challenges and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have all had to adjust to new ways of learning and working that respect health and safety guidelines. While the university will officially resume regular (and largely remote) operations on January 4, we have made an important change to the start date for the Winter 2021 term in order to continue to adapt and support the university community. The table below outlines the details of this change.

Note: Work experience, co-ops and practicums that follow the standard schedule will also delay their start by a week unless that is not possible with the outside organizations offering these opportunities. Please contact your program directly.

Start Date End Date
Winter 2021 Term January 11, 2021 April 16, 2021
Augustana 3 week course January 11, 2021 January 27, 2021
Augustana 11 week course February 1, 2021 April 23, 2021
Winter Term Reading Week February 16, 2021 February 19, 2021
Augustana Reading Week March 3, 2021 March 5, 2021
Final Exams (Standard Schedule)* April 19, 2021 April 30, 2021

*The following faculties set their own final exam dates:

  • Augustana Faculty; Faculty of Law; Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry; School of Public Health

In addition, the faculties and programs below are excluded from this adjustment and will follow the existing approved academic schedule. Please contact your program or faculty for additional information.

  • Alberta School of Business Master’s Programs in China
    • MBA and MFM in Shanghai and Shenzen
  • Centre collégial de l’Alberta PSS program (Health Care Aids)
  • Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation Practicum Courses
  • Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
    • only the second and fourth year Medical Laboratory Sciences Cohorts will follow the delayed schedule
  • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the add/drop and withdrawal deadlines change as well?
Yes, the add/drop and withdrawal deadlines have been shifted for the Winter 2021 Term. Please check the registration dates/deadlines page for the dates.
Will there be an impact on my student loans or confirmation of enrolments? Do I have to submit this new information or resubmit my form?
No, you will still be confirmed and you do not have to submit any changes to previously submitted loan applications or forms.
When are my new exam dates? Will this be updated in BearTracks?

The new semester dates will be updated in BearTracks before the end of the year. Please contact your instructor about any changes to your exam dates for Winter 2021.