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University of Calgary

Calgary, AB



  1. Canada's sunniest major city - 333 sunny days per year.
  2. North America's most extensive pathway and bikeway network.
  3. 3rd most diverse city in Canada & 4th most livable city in the world!

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.

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment
Very Good

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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Calgary
Population | 1,521,000
Enrollment | 30,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/31-12/23
Spring | 01/04-04/29
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
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

  • Actuarial Science
  • African Studies
  • Ancient Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Arabic
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Canadian Studies
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Choral Music
  • Classical Studies
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Cree
  • Dance
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Film
  • Fine Art
  • First Nation Studies
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Government
  • Greek
  • Hispanic-American/Puerto Rican/Chicano/Latino Studies
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval/Renaissance Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Molecular Biology
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music History
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Urban Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


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 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/10/20

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 15

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $500 Year Plan B Mandatory
Recreation Fee $38 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Transportation Fee $155 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Housing application Fee $50 Year Plan A Mandatory

Important Notes: Tuition and fees are listed in Canadian dollars. UPass program (transit pass) has been suspended for fall 2020. Please contact us for future semesters.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/10/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 10% living on campus
  • Apartment: $3200
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
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 07/10/20


  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: Covid-19

Other Health Related Comments
Students must bring comprehensive travel medical insurance with them from home. Starting January 2022, UCalgary will require vaccination against COVID 19 for everyone on campus.

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