University of Prince Edward Island


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

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 Academic Preparation
  • 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

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Campus and location


Students need to plan their accommodations well in advance of their arrival as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester.

On-Campus Residence Accommodations

On-Campus residence accommodations are provided per discretion by the school.

Off-Campus Accommodations

The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.


There are a wide variety of homestay options available, and our partners do their best to match students and hosts according to their interests and preferences. Homestay hosts include single people, young couples with children and pets, and older couples. All homestay accommodations have been inspected, and all adults in the home have completed a required criminal reference check.

Admission Requirements & Deadline

Higher Secondary Certificate with Marks Sheet (HSC) or Secondary School Certificate with Marks Sheet (SSC). A minimum of second division pass in required subjects.

O Levels/A Levels
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE or IGSCE) with five O-level subjects with minimum C grade or better; General Certificate of Education Advanced or Advanced Supplementary Levels (GCE-A or AICE or GCE-AS) with at least 2 A-levels (two AS subjects may be substituted for one A-level). Minimum C in each and all AS and A-levels.

Application Deadlines

Documentation for all applicants (except for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Education, Nursing, Radiography—see appropriate section) should be complete by 1 August, if applying to the Fall semester, or by 1 December, if applying to the Winter semester.

English Language Proficiency Requirements


Arts, Science, Business and Baccalauréate en éducation, Français Langue Seconde

Nursing, Radiography, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Education

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing no other band below 6

Overall score of 7 with 7 in writing and speaking; 6.5 in reading and listening

TOEFL internet-based test

80 with minimum of 20 in each category

100 with a minimum of 25 in speaking and writing, 22 in reading and listening

Pearson Test of English 58 66

English 621*



Tuition fees

Avg Cost of Tuition/Year $14,299.00 CAD
Cost of Living/Year $12,960.00 CAD
*Application Fee $50.00 CAD – $100.00 CAD


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