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Aerial view of University of Alberta's North campusAerial view of University of Alberta's North campus

Study at the prestigious University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada  

Study at one of Canada’s top universities through Kaplan’s new partnership with the University of Alberta (U of A).

You’ll join a truly world-changing institution that provides a high-value education and helps you become a world-changer too. And with Kaplan, you can join U of A’s Year One Foundation Program on campus that allows you to progress directly into the second year of your undergraduate studies!

So, why should you study at U of A? Find out why it’s a great choice for international students below. Or, if you’re ready to apply now, just fill in our application form!

Outstanding global reputation and high rankings

For over 100 years, U of A has been a leading Canadian university, and it boasts a range of impressive rankings.  

Top 100 in the world

QS World University Rankings 2025

#4 university in Canada

QS World University Rankings 2025

#6 in the world for impact

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

U of A was one of the earliest members of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities. By studying at a university within this prestigious group, you can benefit from numerous partnerships and fantastic academic resources, enabling you to become a true world-changer! 

With such comprehensive research across multiple fields, the University is an established trailblazer that makes a genuine impact on the world. Recent research projects have helped drive innovation in agriculture, energy, health, engineering, and more. It’s no wonder so many U of A graduates leave university with an entrepreneurial spirit: they’ve gone on to found over 75,000 for-profit and non-profit companies.

A great place to launch your career 

Not only is U of A a world-changing institution; its students shape the world as well. With an education from U of A, you can go on to great things. There are many ways to prepare for career success while studying here, such as “Work Integrated Learning,” U of A’s Co-op program, which allows you to combine classroom education with valuable paid work experience in your area of interest. 

U of A also has its own Career Centre, which supports you with developing skills and forming connections that guide you on your path. With such comprehensive help available, it’s no surprise that alumni from here have a 97% employment rate!

Live in safe and affordable Edmonton

When you study at U of A, you’ll live in Edmonton, which is the capital of Alberta and a vibrant urban centre with a population of over 1 million. It’s known as Canada’s “festival city,” hosting 50+ festivals a year. It’s also notably cheaper than other cities, with a cost of living being between 20% to 35% lower than Vancouver or Toronto. At the same time, Alberta has the highest salaries in Canada at an average of CAD$67,080, making it an excellent place to start your career. 

The University of Alberta’s North campus is in a large, green and serene space, located on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River. It’s also near the heart of Edmonton, so you’ll get a great combination of beautiful nature and city life — the best of both worlds! 

Living here, you’ll also feel extremely safe. Canada is consistently ranked among the safest countries in the world, along with having an extremely high quality of life. You can see why Canada is such a popular destination for international students! 

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University of Alberta's campus park

University of Alberta Year One Foundation Program 

If you would like to study at this top Canadian university but don’t yet meet the academic entry requirements, you can apply to join U of A’s Year One Foundation Program. This program is the first year of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Upon successful completion of the program, you will continue your studies in the second year of your degree. You’ll also get dedicated support from experts in your area of study and won’t lose any time on your journey to graduation!

Study at the University of Alberta with Kaplan 

Kaplan provides dedicated international student support for admission to U of A’s Year One Foundation Program, as well as providing support on campus through dedicated services.

If you would like to start your journey at the University of Alberta, please fill out the application form below, or get in touch with one of our Education Advisors if you have any questions. 

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