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University of Calgary

Calgary, AB


About This Campus

The University of Calgary, one of Canada's largest, with 30,000 students in 200+ programs, is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the 2019 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: Costs are given in Canadian dollars

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 5th 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 www.ucalgary.ca/uci/incoming-exchange/courses 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 (or even before placement) in order to have the best chance of securing their preferred style of housing. See www.ucalgary.ca/uci/incoming-exchange/experience for information on the student experience.

2019/2020 Placement

Home Payment (B)

2020/2021 Placement

Home Payment (B)
Very Good

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Fast Facts

Location | Calgary
Population | 1,521,000
Enrollment | 30,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 09/05-12/19
Spring | 01/13-04/29
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Business, Education, Engineering, Environmental Design (Architecture), Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.

Computer Science 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
Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Primatology

Area Studies: African Studies, Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), Cinema and Cultural Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, First Nation Studies, Heritage Studies, International Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art History, Fine Art

Athletics: Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Physiology, Zoology

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Film, Mass Communication

Computer Science: Computer Science

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Science

Economics: Economics, Environmental Economics, International Economics, Resource Economics

English: Creative Writing, English, Linguistics, Literature, Poetry, Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Studies

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese, Classical Languages, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Romance Languages, Russian, Spanish

General Studies: Classical Studies, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Kinesiology

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Applications, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Pure Math, Statistics

Museum Studies: Museum Studies

Performing Arts: Dance, Dramatic Literature, Music History, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Geophysics, Physics

Political Science: Government, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Human Development, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Science, Sociology, Womens Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic 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
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 560.00 paper, N/A computer or 86.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 15
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/05/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $50 Year Plan B Mandatory
Recreation Fee $36 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Transportation Fee $151 Semester Plan B Mandatory

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

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/05/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 10% living on campus
  • Apartment: $3200
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
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 Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2500 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $2100 per semester for 15 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plan purchase is required for students living in dormitory-style residence, but not for apartment-style residence. See https://ucalgary.ca/unicard/meal-plans for details.

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