Canadian School Programs
Study in Canada Home Study in Canada Sitemap Study in Canada Programs Study In Canada
 
Study in Canada
Louis Riel School Division
Canadian School Programs
 
grad schools
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT GRAD SCHOOLS IN ALBERTA
What kinds of graduate programs are available in Alberta?
Alberta grad schools offer thesis- and non-thesis-based master's degrees, doctoral degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates in virtually all areas of study. Graduate certificates are generally designed for working professionals to develop their skills and knowledge in a particular area of specialization (for example, a law school might offer a graduate certificate in conflict resolution).

Can international students take some graduate courses in Alberta without enrolling in a program?
Yes. Students who take graduate level courses without enrolling in a degree program are known as unclassified students.

How do I apply to grad school in Alberta?
Many grad schools in Alberta allow you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you can request an information package or paper application from the program you are interested in. Applicants who demonstrate the ability to succeed in a graduate program but do not meet the published minimum academic requirements due to exceptional circumstances may qualify for special admission. See our section on Applying to Grad School in Alberta for more detailed steps.

When will I know the results of my application?
It generally takes a minimum of one month from the application deadline before any offers of admission are sent out.

What if I am offered admission and I need to delay starting my program?
Grad schools in Alberta may allow international students to defer their acceptance for up to a year. Contact the graduate studies office of the university you have applied to, since cases are usually assessed on an individual basis.

How much does it cost for international students to study at grad school in Alberta?
It depends on the school. There is a wide range of international student tuition fees at Alberta's many graduate schools. Annual international graduate tuition can range from approximately $7,000 to $12,000 a year. But that's just tuition. Remember that you also need to cover fees, books and living expenses.

Is financial aid available for international students at grad schools in Alberta?
Yes, from a variety of sources. See our section on international student scholarships for grad schools in Alberta here.

Are international graduate students eligible for teaching assistantships in Alberta?
Yes. However, the number of hours you are allowed to work per week may be restricted.

Can I work while I'm at grad school in Alberta?
International students registered in full-time graduate study at a degree-granting post-secondary institution are permitted to work on that campus without a work permit. "On-campus" is defined as employment in facilities owned, leased or rented by the educational institution. The employer can be the university, faculty, student organization or private contractor providing services to the university and operating on campus.

How long will it take to complete my graduate study in Alberta?
It depends on the type of graduate program you are taking and whether you plan to study full-time or part-time. Master's degrees typically take between 1 and 2 years of full-time study, while doctoral degrees take between 4 and 7 years. Length varies according to the program and whether it is a thesis-based or course-based degree. Some degrees (like the MBA) may be available in accelerated programs.

Do I need to speak both English and French?
No. While French and English are both official languages in Canada, most grad schools in Alberta offer programs in only one language of instruction (that is, English or French).

Can I apply to a doctoral program in Alberta if I don't have a master's degree?
It depends on the school and the program. Some grad schools allow exceptional students to apply directly to certain doctoral programs with only a bachelor's degree. Check with the individual institution.

Can international students apply to post-doctoral programs in Alberta?
Yes. In fact there is even specific post-doctoral funding available to international students from the Canadian government (for example, the Canadian Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program).

Is housing available at grad schools in Alberta for international students?
Generally, yes, but not at every school. Be aware that a grad school's housing department's application process is entirely separate from the admissions process: don't wait until you're admitted to Graduate Studies before applying for housing. Grad schools in Alberta may even have what are called "residential Colleges" devoted to providing housing and a stimulating academic and cultural environment for graduate students.

Who can I contact if I have problems or questions?
It depends partly on the nature of your problem or question. However, some key places to start looking for help are a school's Graduate Students' Society, the Graduate secretary for your program, graduate advisors, the Faculty of Graduate Studies office and the international student office/ centre if the school has one. Grad schools in Alberta are used to welcoming international students, and most therefore have specific international student support.

Will a grad school in Alberta recognize my undergraduate degree from the university in my home country?
Academic institutions--including grad schools--in Alberta each set their own admission requirements; therefore, you should contact the registrar or admissions office at each grad school to find out what they require in terms of assessing foreign credentials. Most Alberta universities have a special website section for international student admission requirements. You can also consult one of Alberta's credential assessment and qualification recognition services, such as World Education Services (WES). For a fee, these offices provide an evaluation that shows you how your credentials compare with Canadian credentials. The purpose is informative only and does not guarantee recognition of your credentials.

Will a graduate degree from an Alberta university be recognized in my home country and elsewhere?
Generally, yes. Canadian university credentials from all provinces are accepted and recognized around the world; however, a foreign degree is valued differently by different countries, so it's a good idea to check with institutions and potential employers in your home country (if that's where you plan to work or continue your graduate education) to confirm acceptance of Canadian academic credentials before you leave.
Study in Canada
Schools in CanadaStudy in Alberta
Study in Canada
College Programs
  College Programs Grad Schools in Alberta
  College Programs Alberta Grad School Experience
  College Programs Preparing for Grad School in Alberta
  College Programs Choosing a Grad School in Alberta
  College Programs Applying to a Grad School in Alberta
  College Programs Accreditation of Grad Schools in Alberta
  College Programs Grad School Funding for International Students
  College Programs International Recognition of Canadian Graduate Degrees
  College Programs Common Questions About Grad Schools in Alberta
  College Programs International Enrollment at Grad Schools in Alberta
College Programs College Programs Free Info Request FREE information direct from featured Schools in Alberta
  College Programs Return to Main Study in Alberta Page

Study in Canada
Schools in Canada In The Spotlight
Study in Canada
Schoolss in Canada
University of Lethbridge
Master of Science in Management
University of Lethbridge The University of Lethbridge MSc (Management) degree is a proven alternative to the traditional MBA, and focuses on building competencies ...

Schoolss in Canada
Bow Valley College
International Education
Bow Valley College Over the last 40 years, Bow Valley College has become a global leader in English as Second Language (ESL) training, ...

Schoolss in Canada
Bow Valley College
International Education
Bow Valley College Over the last 40 years, Bow Valley College has become a global leader in English as Second Language (ESL) training, ...

Schoolss in Canada
University of Lethbridge
English for Academic Purposes/International Centre
University of Lethbridge The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program at the University of Lethbridge provides intensive, academic English language learning for students ...

Schoolss in Canada
Concordia University College of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Concordia University College of Alberta Concordia University College of Alberta (Concordia) was founded in 1921 as a junior college of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Today ...
Study in Canada
Schools in Canada In the Spotlight
Study in Canada
Schoolss in Canada
Bow Valley College
Calgary, Alberta
Bow Valley College Bow Valley College is a public community college, specializing in delivering quality, adult education and training programs for over 40 ...
 
Study in Canada
Schools in CanadaVirtual Tours
Study in Canada
Grad Schools USA
Take a Virtual Tour of a featured Canadian Grad School
Take a Tour Campus e-tours allow students to view the facilities and student life at featured Universities, Community Colleges and ESL Schools in Canada, giving you the opportunity to see what the schools looks like, as well as facts about the campus, courses, etc. Once you’ve completed your tour you can read the in-depth profile to get more detailed information, or click the Request FREE Info link to request specific information such as scholarships and financial aid directly from that institution.

Virtual Campus Click here to view Virtual Tours of Featured Schools in Canada

 
Study in Canada
Schools in CanadaRequest FREE Info!
Study in Canada
Grad Schools USA
Request FREE info directly from featured Grad Schools
Featured institutions want to send you more information on their programs.
Click here to receive free information directly from the school. To see a complete list of featured schools, click here.
Note: Your request is sent directly to the institution and is not maintained on this website. Your privacy is completely protected.
Schools in Canada Schools in Canada Schools in Canada
 
Canadian Schools and Programs
Canadian Schools and Programs
Copyright © 2001-2014 The EI Group
Canadian Schools and Programs


Canadian Schools and Programs
Canadian Schools and Programs
Canadian Schools and Programs
The EI Group
Canadian Schools and Programs
Canadian  Schools and Programs