Some students are Canadian born or have adopted Canadian citizenship, while others are permanent residents, children of temporary foreign workers, refugees or students who have come to Canada specifically to study.

Given this diversity, it can be difficult for Alberta schools and school boards to know:

  • when they are obliged to admit a student
  • when a student will be funded by Alberta Education
  • how to correctly code a student

The FAQs document (available in English and French) provides answers to the most frequently asked questions educational professionals have regarding access, funding and coding of international students in grades 1 to 12 in Alberta.

Economic and social impact

Every year, Alberta welcomes over 2,000 international students into its K to 12 education system.

Hosting international students provides a number of economic and social benefits for Alberta. This fact sheet (PDF, 282 KB) summarizes an impact study conducted for Alberta Education in fall 2016. From an economic perspective, the study examines the direct and future financial impact of international students and the added impact of their visiting friends and relatives. Social benefits include helping to increase the acceptance of other cultures and ethnicities among students and in communities.

In a rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world, international education helps students to build a global outlook and acquire international and intercultural knowledge, skills and awareness. Hosting international students will continue to provide positive benefits to Alberta, both economically and socially, with a projected sustained long term impact.

For further information about the fact sheet, please contact Waldemar Riemer, Director of International Education Services, at waldemar.riemer@gov.ab.ca or 780-422-1540 (toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).


To connect with International Education Services:

Phone: 780-427-2035
Email: studyinalberta.sec@gov.ab.ca


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