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F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Calgary
Population | 1,336,000
Enrollment | 37,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A

Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/19
Spring | 01/06-04/28

University of Calgary

Calgary, AB

Canada's sunniest major city - 333 sunny days per year.
North America's most extensive pathway and bikeway network.
3rd most diverse city in Canada & top 10 most livable city in the world!

About This Campus

The University of Calgary, one of Canada's largest, with 37,000 students in 250+ programs, is ranked in the top 3% for advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by THE Rankings. Situated on 530 acres in northwest Calgary, many buildings are interconnected by enclosed walkways. The university is a 10-15 minute transit ride to the city centre and a short walk to one of Calgary's major shopping malls. In addition to state-of-the-art libraries, the U of C features some of the finest athletic facilities in the country (a legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics) including an Olympic speed skating oval, two Olympic-sized ice rinks, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, weight rooms, jogging tracks and an indoor climbing wall, as well as an extensive intramural sports program and over 300 student clubs. The U of C has graduated 150,000 alumni, including the former Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and Canadian astronaut, Robert Thirsk. *Costs are given in CAD.

Location Information

Located in Western Canada where the Rocky Mountains end and the Prairies begin, Calgary (pop. 1.5 million) offers arts, culture and lots of outdoor recreation, with 5 major ski resorts within 3 hours of campus. Calgary has been ranked the top 10 most livable city in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Calgary weather is definitely unpredictable, but even when it’s cold, it’s usually sunny. In fact, Calgary is the sunniest major city in the country.

Helpful Information

See https://www.ucalgary.ca/international/study-abroad/incoming-exchange for important information on courses & course restrictions. On-campus housing offers a variety of options and price points but is not guaranteed for exchange students. Students wishing to live on campus should apply immediately upon placement in order to have the best chance of securing their preferred style of housing. See https://www.ucalgary.ca/international/study-abroad/incoming-exchange/arrival for more information.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Limited
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Home Payment |Good
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed Programs
Business, Education, Engineering, Environmental Design (Architecture), Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.

Biological Science, Computer Science, Psychology and Kinesiology are highly competitive and NSE students will have very restricted access to courses in those areas. Fine Arts courses are also limited and an audition or portfolio is required for registration.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Actuarial Science, African Studies, Ancient Studies... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • General Eligibility Requirements
  • No students accepted from other NSE members within Canada
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Students will need to submit an online exchange application to UCalgary shortly after placement. This will require uploading a scanned copy of your official transcript. Please have this document ready as soon as possible after acceptance.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 560.00 paper or 86.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will NOT accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/13/24

Finances Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 15

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $500 Year Home Mandatory
Recreation Fee $45 Semester Home Mandatory
Transportation Fee $160 Semester Home Mandatory
Housing application Fee $50 Year Host Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Tuition and fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/13/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $900
  • Proximity to campus:
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing is not guaranteed for exchange students and is allocated on a first come, first served basis. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for housing online (www.ucalgary.ca/residence) immediately upon acceptance.

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plan purchase is required for students living in dormitory-style residence, but not for apartment-style residence. See https://www.ucalgary.ca/ancillary/unicard/use-card/meal-plan for details. There are also unlimited plans for 5 or 7 days.


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/13/24

Important Notes about Health Insurance
NSE students must bring their own comprehensive travel medical insurance with them.


    Other Health Related Comments
    Students must bring comprehensive travel medical insurance with them from home.

    All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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