Canadian University College


Canadian University College (CUC) is located in central Alberta just a short drive from the world-renowned ski resorts of Banff and Jasper. CUC is a Christian university offering over 35 major or track choices in Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) approved bachelor degree programs in Arts, Music, Science and Education. CUC is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church and holds CAQC approval for its degree programs. With over 500 students coming from all over North America and various international locales, the warm family-like atmosphere on campus has a distinct cultural flavor. At CUC we believe in the complete university college experience. We provide an environment where academic, physical, and spiritual growth is encouraged.


Western Canada experienced unprecedented growth during the first decade of the 20th century. Immigrants from Europe, the eastern provinces, and the United States followed the railroads westward. The growing population made it necessary to organize the territory into provinces. Alberta gained its provincial status in 1905 and two years later a group of Seventh-day Adventist laypersons and church leaders established a school for their youth near Leduc, Alberta. Canadian University College traces its roots to this first Alberta Seventh-day Adventist secondary school. Overlooking miles of the surrounding countryside and consisting of a campus and over 1,200 acres of farmland, the present location of the University College on a hilltop in Lacombe, Alberta was chosen as the permanent site for the secondary school in 1909. This high school has continued to operate until the present and now has the name Parkview Adventist Academy.

Academic growth of the institution has been continuous for almost a century. In 1919 the Board of Trustees authorized the establishment of a junior college. This followed in 1947 with the development of a four-year program in theology. In 1971 Canadian Union College, as it was known from 1947 to 1997, entered into an affiliation agreement with the University of Alberta. Between 1979 and 1996 the University College offered several baccalaureate degree programs through a Partner Campus Agreement with Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska. The final year of the Union College Partner Campus Agreement was the 2007/08 academic year. Between 1991 and 1996 the Government of Alberta authorized the University College to offer several three- and four-year degree programs. In 1997, to more correctly reflect the degree-granting status of the institution, the name was changed to Canadian University College.


Canadian University College is located in Lacombe, Alberta 1 hour drive from Edmonton International Airport and 1.5 hours drive from Calgary International Airport.

Degrees and Programs

CUC offers more than 20 undergraduate degree programs part of the following divisions/schools: Division of Arts, Division of Science, School of Business and School of Education.


  • Bachelor of Arts (4-Year)
    • Adventure Based counselling
    • Behavioural science
    • English
    • International studies
    • Music
    • Religious studies
      • Adventure Based Youth Leadership
      • Pre-Professional
  • Bachelor of Arts (3-Year)
    • Business Administration
    • English
    • General Studies
    • History
    • International Health & Wilderness Studies
    • Music
    • Outdoor Adventure Business Studies
    • Outward Pursuits
    • Religion Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (4-Year)
    • Accounting Track
    • Human Resource
      • Management track
    • International Business track
    • Management track
  • Bachelor of Education (4-Year)
    • Elementary
    • Secondary
      • Biology
      • English
      • Mathematics
      • Music
      • Religion Studies
      • Social Studies
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (4-Year)
  • Bachelor of Science (4-Year)
    • Biology
      • Biomedical track
      • Enviromental Science track
      • Psycology
    • Bachelor of Science (3-Year)
    • Biology
    • General Studies
    • Psychology
    • Welness Management
  • Education after degree (2-Year)
    • Elementary
    • Secondary
  • Minors
    • Adventure Programming
    • Applied Christianity
    • Art
    • Biblical Languages
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Canadian Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Counseling Psychology
    • English
    • Enviromental Science
    • Enviromental Studies
    • French
    • History
    • Industrial Organizational Behavior
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Music Education
    • Outward Pursuits
    • Philosophy
    • Physical Education
    • Physical Science
    • Politial Science
    • Psychology
    • Regious Pre-Professional Studies
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology
    • Wellness
    • Writing
  • Diploma (2-Year)
    • Adventure Based Counseling
  • Certificates (1-Year)
    • Business Management
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Gerontology
    • International Health
    • Outdoor Adventure Business
    • Outdoor Leadership
    • Sports Psychology
    • Substance Abuse


Academic Calendar 2012-2013

September 5, 2012 – Fall semester starts

December 13, 2012 – Fall semester ends

January 7, 2013 – Winter semester starts

April 18, 2013 – Winter semester ends

September 4, 2013 – Fall semester starts

December 12, 2013 – Fall semester ends

Student life

Clubs and Student Organizations

There are dozens of clubs on campus that can keep you busy or entertained. Here are some examples: Badminton, Business Club, CABL, Campus Ministries, Aurora Borealis, Aurora Chronicles, Chamber Orchestra, Sabbath School, CUC Singers, Student Association, Drama Society, Educators Guild, Filipino Club, First Year Club, French Club, History Club, IMPACT, Multicultural Club, Ontario Club, Pneuma Limnes Theorius (PLT), Pre-Professional club, Runners Club, Second Year Club, Silverwinds Band, Snow Riders Club/Ski Days, Senior Class, Spanish Club, Theology Club, Wilderness Ventures

Opportunities for Spiritual Development

There are community worships every Tuesday where there is a chance for the campus to get together. Dorm worships, held in the evenings, are a great way to close the day. Also, Campus Ministries offers many different ways for a student to get involved including several missions opportunities available each year.

PE Centre

The best weight room in Central Alberta is housed in our PE Centre. Don’t like to lift weights? Climb the rock wall or go for a dive in our pool. Don’t forget to lace up your skates in our outdoor ice rink.

Varsity Teams

  • Basketball (Men)
  • Soccer, Indoor (Men & Women)
  • Volleyball (Men & Women)

Intramural Sports

The majority of students participate at this level of sports at CUC. Teams are organized and compete against each other during an intramural season.

  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Floor Hockey
  • Soccer, Indoor
  • Volleybal


To be considered for admission, international applicants must submit all of the following items:

  • Application_Form
  • $50 CAD (50) Application Fee with a completed Application Fee Payment form.
  • Proof of Citizenship (fax or photocopy of your passport).
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) by high schools and any colleges or universities you have attended.
  • Proof of English Proficiency if English is not your first language and you have not completed at least one full year of study at the high school level or higher in a school where English was the primary language of instruction. You may submit acceptable scores from the TOEFL, CAEL, IELTS, or MELAB exams to provide proof of English proficiency.


These requirements apply to everyone who wishes to study in Canada. To study in Canada, you must:

  • Have been accepted to a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada,
  • Have proof that you have enough money to pay for your: ?tuition fees, living expenses for yourself and any family members (spouse or common-law partner and/or dependent children) who come with you to Canada (According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada guidelines in addition to the cost of tuition fees, you will require approximately $10 000 (10000) per year to cover your living expenses. If your dependants are planning to accompany or join you, you will require an additional $4 000 (4000) for the first dependant, and $3 000 (3000) for each subsequent dependant), and return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
  • Be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada,
  • Be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary, and
  • Satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when you have completed your studies.


Funding a private Christian education takes some planning, but the value of a CUC education exceeds the costs. At CUC each student leaves equipped, ready and eager to pursue his or her dreams. Little known fact… we are approximately 20% to 50% less than other Seventh-day Adventist schools in the United States.

All US, Brazilian and Bermudian students are required to make a down payment of $4,000 CAD (4000).


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President’s Award for Academic Excellence: this award recognizes academic excellence and achievement during your high school studies. Students will qualify for the higher scholarship award in either the GPA or test scores categories. Students can be awarded to a maximum of $12,000 CAD (12000) payable over 4 years.

President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership: these awards recognize achievement in leadership roles while in secondary school. You may receive more than one scholarship but you are limited to offices held in the junior or senior year and to a total 4-year dollar value of $8,000 (8000) .

President’s Award for Outstanding Citizenship: a scholarship worth $4,000 (4000) (total 4-year dollar value) is available by application to students who have made significant contributions during their high school years in categories not indicated in the Leadership categories.

President’s Award for Outstanding Musicianship: this award recognizes musical excellence and achievement during your secondary school studies, has an application deadline and a total 4-year dollar value of $8,000 (8000).

President’s Award for Outstanding Athleticism: this award recognizes athletic excellence and achievement during your secondary school studies, has an application deadline and a total 4-year dollar value of $8,000 (8000).

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1. How much do I have to pay before arriving at Canadian University College?

There is a C$4,000 (4000) deposit to be made ahead of time. Upon arrival this payment will be placed in your student account.

2. How much does international health insurance cost?

At Canadian University College students do not have to pay for health insurance since the government provides it.

3. Does Canadian University College provide an airport pick up service?

There is a paid shuttle service available at Edmonton International Airport and Calgary International Airport. Usually it it costs between C$50 (50) and C$80 (80) .

4. Is there housing for families available on campus?

Yes. There are 1-3 bedroom apartments under C$1000/month (1000).

5. What are the requirements for undergraduate students?

Undergraduate students have to provide the following:

– Application form and application fee

– Transcripts

– A score of 550 or above on the Toefl test (or any other well recognized English Proficiency Tests)

– Passport and visa documents

6. What are the most popular majors at Canadian University College?

The most popular majors are in the Biology field (including pre-medicine) and Education.

7. How many students are enrolled at Canadian University College?

Around 550 undergraduate students attend Canadian University College.

8. What’s the province of Alberta famous for?

Alberta is a very popular area for skiing. There are several ski resorts where people come from all over the world.

9. What’s the ratio between males and females on campus?

At Canadian University College the ratio between females and males is very even where there is practically the same amount of males and females.

10. Are international students allowed to work on campus?

Yes, however jobs are not guaranteed. Students work an average of 10 hours/week and most jobs available are in the dorms, library, cafeteria, grounds and maintenance. The minimum wage is C$9.40/hour (9.40). In the summer students working full time don’t have to pay to stay in the dormitory on campus.

11. What’s the student to faculty ratio?

There is one faculty for each 10 students at Canadian University College.