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Located in Charlottetown, the birthplace of Confederation and the capital city of Prince Edward Island, the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has a rich history with roots in two founding institutions, Prince of Wales College (est. 1834) and Saint Dunstan’s University (est. 1855). Formed in 1969 as the provincial university, UPEI honours its proud legacy through academic excellence and research innovation. In 2019, the University celebrated 50 years of outstanding leadership and achievement in education and research with a full year of commemorative events and activities.

UPEI offers a wide range of programs and degrees to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Home to Canada Research Chairs, a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aquatic Epidemiology, a UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, endowed or sponsored research chairs, and 3M National Teaching Fellows, UPEI offers its students access to exceptional faculty, researchers, and staff. Students come from all walks of life and from local, regional, national, and international locations to study and learn at UPEI. In the fall of 2018, international students from 80 countries comprised almost 26 per cent of the University’s total enrolment.

Quick facts

  • Post Graduation Work Permit
  • Co-op / Internship Participation
  • Work While Studying
  • Conditional Offer Letter
  • Type of Accommodation

Why This University

  • Island life: Calm and safe; fun and inviting; hospitable, vibrant, and historic. Beaches, world-class cuisine, and major concerts just minutes away from pastoral farms and the Confederation trail. Downtown Charlottetown is only a 20-minute walk away from campus and has the best of a small city packed with the best of urban life. And, the ocean is never more than a 15-minute drive from the ocean.
  • Academics: UPEI offers undergraduate programs in Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, Nursing, Science, and Veterinary Medicine, and a growing number of graduate programs supported by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Whatever a student’s passion and whatever their goals, UPEI has what they need to carve their niche.
  • Experiential Education: The UPEI Co-op Program is an integrated approach to university education which enables students to alternate academic terms on campus with work terms in suitable employment. The success of such programs is founded on the principle that students are able to apply theoretical knowledge from course studies in the workplace and return to the classroom with practical workplace experience. 


English as Second Language (ESL)

  • English Academic Preparation

4-Year Bachelor's Degree

  • Bachelor of Arts – Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts – Canadian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts – Diversity and Social Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts – Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts – English
  • Bachelor of Arts – French
  • Bachelor of Arts – History
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Arts – Music
  • Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts – Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts – Sociology

Top subjects

  • Anthropology
  • Canadian Studies
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Biotechnology

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