Guidance for International Student Programs

Students from around the world come to Alberta to access Kindergarten to Grade 12 education.


International students from more than 75 countries annually enter Canada through the International Student Program to access Kindergarten to Grade 12 education programming provided by Alberta school authorities.

Attracting international students adds diversity in schools, contributes to the local and provincial economies, supports Alberta’s long-term immigration goals and helps position the province within a global environment of increasing mobility and competition for students in an international knowledge economy.

Local school authorities have discretion over accepting international students and are responsible for the development and administration of local international student programs. The information provided outlines considerations for school authorities in operating international student programs under their authority.

In focus

A framework is necessary to ensure an international student program is successful.


Information aimed at international students and their parents regarding attending school and living in Alberta is available on the Study in Alberta website.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has jurisdiction over the entry of international students and other temporary residents into Canada. It oversees all aspects of immigration, including the arrival of students on study permits, processing immigrants, providing protection to refugees, and offering programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. The following links may be useful during the application process for a study permit.


Connect with International Education Services:

Phone: 780-427-2035

General information
Email: [email protected]

Study in Alberta
Email: [email protected]

Exchange programs
Email: [email protected]

International Education Services
Alberta Education
Main Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard
10044 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5E6