Student Opportunities

Student groups

Close to 450 student groups are active on campus in nearly every area of student interest: academic, cultural, recreational, and political. The largest, the Interdepartmental Science Students’ Society, has more than 6,000 members. The University of Alberta’s Debate Society, which was formed in 1908, is the university’s oldest student group.

Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association

Undergraduate students and graduate students are represented in the university’s governance process and are served by the Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association respectively.

Study abroad

The U of A strives to enhance students’ opportunities to study internationally at dozens of partner institutions. Exchanges are also possible with fellow members of the Worldwide Universities Network, a consortium of 19 top research universities established to facilitate global international research and teaching collaborations.

Undergraduate research opportunities

As a research-intensive university, the University of Alberta nurtures the next generation through the integration of undergraduate research and teaching. One of the ways the university supports this is through the Undergraduate Research Initiative, created to develop discipline-specific and interdisciplinary research skills and scholarly attitudes for employment, research, and service in the community. Since launching in September 2011, the URI has given out 78 $5,000 research stipends to undergraduate students across the campus.

On the cutting edge

The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, opened in 2011, is one of the most technically advanced science buildings in the world. Conceived to facilitate cross-pollination of ideas, CCIS is home to five research groups and more than 6,000 undergrads. In 2013, CCIS earned LEED Silver certification in recognition of its design, construction, and operation as a high-performance green building.

Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science

The Edmonton Clinic Health Academy is transforming the way Canada and the world think about health research and education. Opened in 2012, this facility brings together more than 8,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff from 43 health programs to learn and discover side by side.