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Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • UCalgary combines the best of university tradition with the city of Calgary’s vibrant energy and diversity. The main campus occupies a beautiful setting with a view of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, and covers more than 200 hectares — an area larger than Calgary’s entire downtown. 
  • One of the top 200 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  • UCalgary educates more than 30,000 students and offers 250+ academic programs.  



Location Details

Voted as the #5 most liveable city in the world by the 2016 Global Liveability Ranking, Calgary, Alberta has a population of 1.4 million and is considered to be one of Canada's most ethnically diverse cities. Calgary has the highest concentration of corporate head offices and small businesses per capita in Canada and is well-known for being the energy capital and global finance hub of the country. Fun fact: it is also the sunniest city in Canada, with over 333 days of sunshine a year! 

Calgary is simply a fun place to live. Big city energy coupled with friendly hospitality makes the city casual yet cosmopolitan. The dining and shopping options are endless, and it's home to several major sports teams. Add to that summers full of festivals and the dynamic arts and culture scene, and you'll get an idea of what makes this city so unique.

Alberta's legendary Rocky Mountains are an hour and a half drive from Calgary. In the fall, enjoy hiking and biking through hundreds of mountain trails that lead you past Alberta's unique flora and fauna, lakes, creeks, and more. The famous "champagne powder" awaits you in the winter—enjoy some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. You can also snowshoe, dog sled, cross-country ski, and more. 

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not require a visa for semester-long programs.*  If you plan to study in Canada for the academic year, a Study Permit will be required (semester students may also apply for a Study Permit, and should do so if they hope to work while in Canada or think they may wish to extend their stay to the full academic year). Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

The University of Calgary has hundreds of courses in many subjects. However, there are some registration restrictions that you need to be aware of. You should be as flexible as possible in course selection. Exchange students may only take courses offered on the University of Calgary main campus. 

Exchange students cannot register for courses from:

  • Faculty of Education 
  • MBA program courses
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Nursing
There is high demand for courses in the following disciplines and therefore regsitration may be limited:
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering
  • Faculty of Kinesiology 
Read more about registering for courses, or visit the Course Descriptions page.

Glossary of Terms:

  • Term One = US Fall Semester
  • Term Two = US Spring Semester
  • Course = US major
Explanation of course levels:
  • 200-level: first year 
  • 300-level: second year 
  • 400-level: third year 
  • 500-level: fourth year 

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at University of Calgary will convert to ASU credits and grades.


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UBC Vanier Place
Photo courtesy of UCalgary

Program Housing

Many exchange students choose to live on campus in residence/housing buildings for convenience to classes, campus services, and for the social living environment. Residence rooms are fully furnished and some have cooking facilities. The university also has a Dining Centre, where students can purchase a meal plan. Please note: If you would like to live on campus, you are encouraged to apply for residence as soon as possible as rooms fill up quickly.

Olympus Hall is recommended for International students who want to live on campus. Olympus Hall has 106 units including studio (STD), one-bedroom (1BD), two-bedroom (2BD) and four-bedroom (4BD) apartments. Each unit is furnished and includes a kitchen and wifi. Read more about student accommodation here.  

Students can also choose to live off-campus. More information about off-campus housing can be found here.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by June 15. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 1.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed