University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE)

The University of Alberta is a research-intensive post-secondary institution located in western Canada. It consistently ranks among the top 3-5 schools nation-wide as well as the top 100 in the world (QS World Ranking). 40,000 students attend the University of Alberta, 7000 of which are graduate students. We maintain 170 graduate programs, 400 research laboratories, and our faculty members receive approximately $500 million in external research funding.

The UARE provides a unique opportunity for talented senior undergraduate students from key partner universities around the world to conduct research under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in their field. Students gain hands-on research experience working under an expert in their academic discipline and receive a stipend of $6,000 (4,500 USD), which will cover the costs associated with living in Edmonton during the 12 week program. Research placements are available during the winter (January to April) and summer (May to August).

U of A International provides interns with full support for before, during and after their placement.

Each intern is offered the following:

  • A one-on-one orientation
  • Professional development seminars
  • Academic networking opportunities
  • An opportunity to present their research during a poster symposium

Each intern has the option to participate in the following activities:

  • Trips to the Canadian Rocky Mountains (Banff, Jasper)
  • Weekly social programming
  • Cultural events offered in Canada's "Festival City"

In order to participate in the UARE Program, applicants meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a designated partner institutions (see list below)
  • entering 3rd or 4th year of study (juniors or seniors)
  • have a minimum GPA of B or 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)

Designated UARE Partner Institutions:

  • Australia: University of Western Australia, University of Sydney
  • Brazil: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • China: East China Normal University, Fudan University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University
  • Colombia: Universidad del Rosario 
  • Germany: Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University
  • Ghana: University of Ghana
  • India: IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, University of Hyderabad
  • Korea: Seoul National University
  • New Zealand: University of Auckland
  • Peru: Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria
  • Singapore: National University of Singapore 
  • UK: University of Leeds
  • USA: University of Arizona

Program Timelines for 2019 Programs

(dates are subject to change):


Winter Program

Summer Program

UARE Research Project Submission Deadline for UAlberta Professors



Students review and apply to projects

April to May

August to October

Designated partner vet applicants (optional)

Early June


University of Alberta professors rank applicants

Late June

Late October

Internship offers are sent to selected applicants



Interns receive Work Permit application instructions (from UAI)

July thru September

November thru December

Internship (flexible, depending on host professor)

January thru March

May to July or July to September

For detailed UARE Summer or UARE Winter Program information, to apply, or to post a project please visit the appropriate link below:

UARE Winter

UARE Summer

Contact for more information about the UARE