International students

If you're an international student - welcome to AUArts! We have all the information you need to study with us.

About AUArts

Accreditation - Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), DLI# O18760756062, under the Government of Canada’s International Student Program. As a DLI, AUArts fulfills Alberta’s high standards of program quality, and meets the criteria for study permits that is required for international students desiring to enrol.

Community - We are a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and risk-takers. We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us and implores us to see the world differently. We are Alberta’s only university dedicated to art and design. We want to introduce you to a whole new world of passionate minds, provocative thinkers, ambitious doers and brave creators - including the one in you. Come and join us! 

Diversity - Our diversity here on campus provides an intimate learning environment with a diverse faculty and student body. AUArts has hosted international students from many countries that include: Australia, China, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Iceland, the United Kingdom, UEA and the United States. 

Calgary - The third largest city in Canada, Calgary is a major metropolitan city with stunning outdoor beauty and is home to innovative creative industries. Voted the 4th most livable city in the world, you'll love it here!

Don't know where to start? We've got you.

✈ Before arrival checklist

☐ Apply to AUArts - How to apply to our bachelor's degrees as an international student. (After your AUArts application is received, processed and approved, you will receive an email from Admissions with information on how to apply for a study permit).

☐ Study in Canada - What you'll need to start your study permit process

☐ Work and Study - Working in Canada with a study permit

☐ Social Insurance Number - Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

☐ Alberta Government ID Card - Apply for an Alberta ID

☐ Alberta Healthcare - Apply for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP)

☐ Tuition - Check out International tuition and fees

☐ Housing - On-campus student housing

☐ Taxes - Check if you need to file taxes

☑ After arrival checklist

☐ Student Association VIP Plan - Benefits including health and dental through your AUArts Student Association

☐ My Fare UPass - Set up your student transit pass

☐ Academic Accommodations - (arrange if needed)

☐ After Graduation - Extend your study permit

☐ Stay up-to-date

  • Keep note of all important dates, such as fee payment deadlines using the Academic Calendar
  • Review the AUArts tuition payment methods with the Academic Calendar: Fees
  • Check your email for important pre-arrival messages from AUArts and the International Centre
  • Add AUArts email address ( to your safe sender list
  • Check your AUArts email for the bulletin so you don’t miss any important news

✎ Information sessions

See upcoming information sessions specific to international students here.

☏ Contact us

Office hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. MST

Study Permit related questions -
Admissions related questions -
Meet with Admissions - Book a virtual meeting

☺ Upcoming Events

Check back for updates soon!

☆ International Student Guidebook

Check back for the Handbook soon!