International Student Exchange Program

University of Alberta


 The application deadline for the academic year 2019/20 has already expired.

Application deadline for the academic year 2020/21:
December 13, 2019


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Student Selection

To be eligible for the exchange program, students should 

  • currently be in the final year of a Bachelor program at the University of Innsbruck, i.e. they should have completed courses amounting to approx. 120 ECTS credits before their stay at the UofA
  • OR should be registered in a Master program at the University of Innsbruck 
  • have an above average academic performance record
  • meet the language proficiency requirements.

How to apply

In order for an application to be considered complete, students must submit

  • a curriculum vitae 
  • the original transcript of studies*
  • a language proficiency document**
  • a photocopy of the student's passport 
  • a letter of recommendation written by a scientific advisor of their department
  • a letter of motivation containing the student's personal interests, a description of the courses*** the student wishes to attend and of the benefits she/he wishes to obtain by studying at the University of Alberta 
  • a list of courses transferable to the home institutions curriculum, pre-approved by dean

*The academic records can be downloaded via LFU:Online / Studienerfolgsnachweis.
**Students whose mother tongue is not English can prove their language proficiency by submitting a degree or its academic equivalent from an institution where the language of instruction is English OR by submitting a satisfactory score in the IELTS (offered at the ISI International Language Center of the University of Innsbruck) or in the TOEFL.
***The UoA course catalogue is available via (Bear Tracks).

Where and when to apply:

Students can apply either for a whole academic year or for one term. In both cases the application deadline is December 13, 2019.

The academic year is divided into: 

  • Fall Term: early September – early December
  • Winter Term: early January – early April


Applications should be addressed to the

Canadian Studies Centre (Zentrum für Kanadastudien)
Universität Innsbruck
Herzog-Friedrich-Str. 3
6020 Innsbruck
Telephone: 0512-507 39301 or 39302

The applications will be evaluated by the Board of the Canadian Studies Centre and the Liaison Officer of the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Mathias Schennach. The applicants admitted to the final selection will then be asked to fill in the official application form of the University of Alberta. The final decision of acceptance or non-acceptance of a student is taken by the Liaison Officer of the University of Alberta.

Exchange Student Fees and Financial Matters

Exchange students will not be required to pay any tuition. Nevertheless all visiting exchange students have to pay the application fee and have to participate in the University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan and pay the required premiums.

Exchange Students Housing

Guaranteed housing is available for students who are applying to the University of Alberta for a full year exchange as long as they apply by the April 30th guaranteed housing deadline. There are also off-campus opportunities available. If students wish to set up their own accommodations, they can use the Student’s Union’s housing registry to find rental properties available around the city.


International students applying for Undergraduate or Graduate Studies have to be registered in at least three courses (9 credits) per term and may take a maximum of five courses (15 credits) per term.

There are currently some restrictions of study areas: Exchange students in such fields as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Criminology, Computer Engineering or Business can only take courses if they are enrolled.


The University of Innsbruck expects exchange students to submit a report (2 pages minimum) on their stay at the University of Alberta within one month after their return to Innsbruck.

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