Alberta, CanadaRanked among top 10 universities in CA
The University of Alberta (popularly known as â€˜U of A' or â€˜UAlbertaâ€™) is aÂ Public research university situated inÂ Edmonton, the capital ofÂ Alberta in Canada.Â Founded in 1908, UAlberta is known as one of theÂ top five universities in Canada housingÂ 400 research libraries.Â The university is a major economic driver for Alberta. UAlberta houses eighteen faculties including Engineering, Business, Agricultural Sciences, Arts, Medicine and Law. It is world-known for its Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Education, English Language and Literature courses.
TheÂ main campus of UAlberta (known as â€˜North Campus') is located in the provincial capital of Edmonton, on the edge of the beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley. UAlberta has four other campuses: The South Campus, Augustana Campus, Campus Saint-Jean and Enterprise Square. Edmonton is known to have the friendliest of the people. The closest major city from Edmonton is Calgary (277 kms). Tourist attractions in Edmonton are the â€˜Rutherford Houseâ€™, â€˜William Hawrelak Parkâ€™, â€˜Winspear Centreâ€™, the â€˜Paleontology Museumâ€™ and much more.
Students say that public transport is okay- not that great, not that bad; especially because of the extreme cold temperatures in winter, making it difficult to wait for a bus.
Sporting â€˜green and gold' as its symbol colours, UAlbertaâ€™s 230-acres North Campus hasÂ 50 city blocks and abundant green patches with over 150 buildings on campus.Â It is popular for the long walks that are even open for tourists. You may spot some pretty whiteÂ rabbits too. There are interesting buildings such as theÂ â€˜Athabasca Pembinaâ€™Â andÂ â€˜Assiniboine Halls' which are over 100 years old. There are lots of new buildings these days; especially in the Medicine and Science departments. Parking at UAlbertaÂ may be limited or costly.
It is very much a commuter school. Although the first year undergraduate students must compulsorily live on campus. Students say the on-campus housing facilities areÂ okayish and are nothing extraordinary. The average monthly expense of living off campus could be CAD 800 to 1000. Food off-campus would cost another CAD 200. Edmonton is a small city and hence, most of the on-campus and off-campus housing is within 20-minute range of the university.
If one has to shift to Edmonton, one has got to accept that it is a winter city. It can be excruciatingly cold for at least about 99 days in the year, it can get to -40 C, with almost 2 or 3 feet of snow on the ground. Nevertheless, the city embraces its winters by organising â€˜Winter Festivals' and 'Ski Festivals'; trying to keep the spirits high. In June/July, the sun doesn't set until 10:30-11. Edmonton summers are beautiful, in fact, the National Geographic has nominated Edmonton as the top ten summer destinations in the world. One thing: Be careful of the giant mosquitoes in summers.
Having overÂ 15000 employees, UAlberta is one of the top three employers of Edmonton.Â It has aboutÂ 200 undergrad programs and 500 graduate programs with their faculty to student ratio being 1:21. The class sizes at UAlberta are said to be the smallest out of most Canadian universities.Â
UAlberta is particularly known for its spectacular research group onÂ â€˜Artificial Intelligence'. The Engineering programs overall are quite comprehensive but you have to work really hard. SomeÂ students complain about the faculty of the nursing program is disorganized and uncaring. Other programs that standout at UAlberta are Computing Science, Drama and Nanotechnology.
The average tuition fees for graduate,Â international students areÂ about CADÂ 10,000 per year. If you include the living, food and accommodation, it may go a little above CAD 25,000 per year. Research and teaching assistantships are available and you can apply for â€˜Maple Leaf Awards for International Studentsâ€™. Apart from this, there are bursaries and emergency loans available for students.
If you are interested in doctoral studies, and have an amazing score card, you could get nominated for Recruitment Scholarships at UAlberta. There are various prestigious â€˜Memorial Awards' available for students with extraordinary academic performance; that are even open to international students.
With an employment rate of 97.7 % (within six months of graduation), most students get employed in sectors such as Dentistry, Law, Pharmacy, and Rehabilitation Medicine, Library Sciences, Education, Government and Engineering. Some of the notable employers are Alberta Health Services, BioWare, PCL, Stantec and Telus. However, students say that the economy is experiencing a passing recession currently. Nevertheless, the average salary of UAlberta students is about $35000.
The current recession in Edmonton seems a little deterrent but worst case, you can plan to shift back to your country or to another place in Canada, UAlberta offers a diverse range of experiences for you. Also, most Canadian cities are cold so thereâ€™s not enough to compare and complain.Â It is a big college, so one may feel lostÂ but for people who love to wear an invisibility cloak and yet keep up with their hard work, UAlberta could be a great college.
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