UC International is headed by the Vice Provost International http://www.ucalgary.ca/provost/vp/vpint
Study Abroad for U of C Students
International Student Programs & Advising
International Partnerships, Visitors, Projects & Development
“We will create a campus that also attracts scholars from around the world to this hub – one that promotes diversity of thought, culture, and respect for alternatives. We will leverage our expertise to share capacity with targeted institutions in the developing world. ” Academic Plan 2012-2016
"UofCInternational" is committed to raising the profile of the U of C worldwide, making the university an attractive destination for international students, academics and researchers. As well, we provide options for students to study around the world as part of their University of Calgary degree. Problems are international in their dimensions and require global solutions as countries are linked culturally, economically and ecologically. University graduates require skills which enable them to find solutions in a world characterized by a diversity of languages, religions, living standards, technological standards, historical perspectives and cultural values.
“Our University will be a “global intellectual hub” where our students, staff, and faculty at the center of this hub will radiate new discoveries, ideas, and applications that have global impact. “Academic Plan 2012-2016
The University of Calgary has over 2600 international students registered on campus (Fall 2010) from 100 countries. In addition, our alumni, including Canadians, are living in all areas of the world, proving the importance of an international education. The U of C offers major entrance scholarships and awards for 1st year undergraduate international students as well as a number of awards for continuing students as a part of the U of C support for internationalization and to international students.
The University of Calgary also has agreements to receive funded/scholarship students from a number of countries at both the graduate (Masters and Doctoral) and undergraduate (Baccalaureate) level. We encourage international graduate and undergraduate students to consider spending time at the U of C working with academics in disciplines assisting in cutting edge research.
“Calgary is a global community – and we must prepare our graduates to work in a globalized world.” Academic Plan 2012-2016
The University of Calgary has developed an ambitious plan that would encourage 50% of undergraduate students to have a study abroad or international experience. All undergraduate programs provide an international component to the program which may include study abroad (Student Exchange, Groups Study Programs, research, practicum, Internships or independent study). Students may enhance their academic program, employment prospects and personal growth by studying abroad for a term or year. Each year we distribute travel grants valued at more than $300,000 to U of C students to support study abroad activities, mainly at the undergraduate level.
The University of Calgary offers a variety of study abroad options in more than 50 countries including: Student Exchange Programs for a term or full year; Semester Abroad Programs in Czech Republic and Spain with U of C courses taught on site; Field Schools to selected sites which offer intensive study opportunities abroad with U of C faculty members during Spring and Summer Terms and Block Weeks. Students may also use their initiative to design their own program of study or undertake a research project.
While some study programs require knowledge of a language other than English, not all the U of C exchange partners expect a student to be fluent in order to participate. It is possible to combine study abroad with language learning.
Students unable to study abroad may get involved with international activities on campus: volunteering with international offices such as UCInternational or taking part in events to promote discussion and an international understanding: refer to “Make Your Degree More International” section of University Calendar for more information. In September 2009 the U of C opened the Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House, an international residence for students and visiting scholars as well as a full service hotel with meeting rooms. Senior university students have the opportunity to live in an international setting “Global Village” in the middle of campus.
We will leverage our expertise to share capacity with targeted institutions in the developing world. International partnerships will be equitable, respectful of differences in culture, and mutually beneficial. We will be a global source for objective information, expertise, and productive collaborations across all sectors of government, industries, and non-governmental organizations.” Academic Plan 2012-2016
The U of C has over 250 international partnerships that include collaborative research, joint academic and scientific studies, collaborative degrees and student exchanges, training programs, internships and practicums. U of C staff/faculty lead development projects in Water Management in Central and South America; Sustainable Environment, Energy and Economy in Ghana Child Health in Uganda; Healthcare Accessibility, Rehabilitation and Education in South Sudan. U of C students may complete a semester-long internship/practicum through our participation in Students for Development with NGO's in Ghana.
The University of Calgary opened its first branch campus "UofC Qatar" in Fall 2007 offering a Bachelors of Nursing and post degree diploma programs to residents of the Gulf region. The U of C celebrated it’s first graduating class from UCQatar in June 2010 and has approximately 400 students enrolled in the Nursing Program.