Alberta is one of the most important scientific research centres in Canada. It is home to six universities, 13 colleges and several trade schools. Among its most prestigious academic institutions are Bow Valley College, Medicine Hat College, Lakeland College, Keyano College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and Athabasca University.

As the oil and gas industry expanded in Alberta in the past decades, so did the demand for engineers and qualified personnel, increasing the demand for foreign workers. Consequently, universities started to offer academic courses in the field, and since then, Alberta has become the go-to province for studies in the fossil-fuel industry. Medical researches have also become prolific in Alberta. 

There are almost 100,000 international students in Alberta, from 150 countries, studying 400 undergraduate programs. At least 39,000 of these students are based in Edmonton, one of Alberta’s biggest cities and one of the most famous student cities in the province (along with Calgary).

Alberta is also home to some of the best natural attractions that Canada has to offer. The most notable of these attractions is the Rocky Mountains, which bring approximately three million visitors every year.

Below are some cities in Alberta that reflect the province’s educational diversity and that are home to important partnered institutions:

Calgary

Calgary is Alberta’s largest urban centre, and it has a population of approximately 1,200,000 inhabitants. It is also an educational hub, being the home of many world-renowned academic institutions, such as the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Bow Valley College,  the University of Calgary,  Ambrose University College and St. Mary’s University.

Additionally, since Calgary is so close to the Rocky Mountains, the city becomes an attractive tourist destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Calgary is also the perfect place for park lovers. Some of the best-known parks in Calgary are the following: Fish Creek Provincial Park, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Bowness Park, Edworthy Park and Central Memorial Park.

Partnered Institutions in Calgary:

South Alberta Institute of Technology, Bow Valley College

Medicine Hat

Commonly known as “The Gas City” for its vast reservoirs of natural oil and gas (an industry that contributes significantly to the city’s economy), Medicine Hat is home to several post-secondary institutions, including the prestigious Medicine Hat College, an academic school known worldwide for its research-based courses in business, science and medicine.

Medicine Hat has many bars, restaurants and tourist attractions, including the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, the Esplanade (a multi-purpose complex used for concerts and live-events), the Medicine Hat Public Library, and many car-racing events that take place year-round in the Medicine Hat Drag Racing Association. Medicine Hat is also home to the Medicine Hat Tigers, an ice-hockey team in the Western Hockey League.

Partnered Institutions in Medicine Hat:

Medicine Hat College

Commonly known as “The Gas City” for its vast reservoirs of natural oil and gas (an industry that contributes significantly to the city’s economy), Medicine Hat is home to several post-secondary institutions, including the prestigious Medicine Hat College, an academic school known worldwide for its research-based courses in business, science and medicine.

Medicine Hat has many bars, restaurants and tourist attractions, including the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, the Esplanade (a multi-purpose complex used for concerts and live-events), the Medicine Hat Public Library, and many car-racing events that take place year-round in the Medicine Hat Drag Racing Association. Medicine Hat is also home to the Medicine Hat Tigers, an ice-hockey team in the Western Hockey League.

Lloydminster

Founded in 1904, the city was annexed to Alberta a few decades later. Despite having a population of only 30,000, the town is economically very stable. It is an agricultural hub in Alberta. Besides that, in the last few decades, the oil and gas industry has contributed significantly to the city’s and the province’s economic growth. The fossil fuel industry has also attracted many qualified foreign workers to the town.

Lloydminster is also the home of Lakeland College. The college offers one-year and two-year programs at its campus in Lloydminster.

Partnered Institutions in Lloydminster:

Lakeland College

Vermilion

Located in central Alberta, Vermilion is home to Lakeland College and several other post-secondary education institutions. It is a small town with slightly over 4,000 inhabitants with a few but very significant tourist attractions, such as Vermilion Provincial Park and the Vermilion Agricultural Society Fair.

The city’s economy is sustained by agriculture and the service industry. It is a college town equipped with appropriate student accommodation. Over 30% of its population is made up of students.

Partnered Institutions in Vermilion:

Lakeland College

Located in central Alberta, Vermilion is home to Lakeland College and several other post-secondary education institutions. It is a small town with slightly over 4,000 inhabitants with a few but very significant tourist attractions, such as Vermilion Provincial Park and the Vermilion Agricultural Society Fair.

The city’s economy is sustained by agriculture and the service industry. It is a college town equipped with appropriate student accommodation. Over 30% of its population is made up of students.

Partnered Institutions in Vermilion:

Lakeland College

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