I received an offer, what are the next steps?

Four steps to starting your program

  1. Accept your offer

    You must accept your offer before the deadline to secure a spot.

  2. Pay your deposit

    If you are a course-based student, you must pay a $500 non-refundable admission deposit that will be applied toward your tuition in your first term. 

    How to pay
  3. Activate your UCalgary account

    Set up your UCalgary email and update your contact information in your Student Centre.

    Email setup
  4. Register for courses

    Contact your program to learn about required courses, then activate your registration before adding classes to your schedule.


Not from Calgary?

Discover your new city and plan your arrival.

Video: Newcomers to Calgary

Watch this video to find important information for students relocating to Calgary from other cities, provinces or countries.

Watch the video

Apply for a study permit

International Student Services (ISS) provides support and information on immigration regulations, getting a study permit and preparing for arrival.

International Student Services

Find a place to live

You can live in residence or off-campus. Living in residence instantly connects you to the campus community. Campus housing for students with families is also available.

Explore your housing options

Arriving in Calgary

The Welcome Centre has useful resources for new-to-Calgary students: plan your arrival at the airport and prepare for your first week on campus.

Welcome Centre

Keep an eye on the Graduate Calendar for information on academic schedule and deadlines.

Sources of Funding

Graduate student funding comes from many different sources – it can come from supervisors, programs, research grants, or graduate assistantships. 

Depending on your program of study, you may have been offered guaranteed funding for a set amount of time. Read your letter of admission carefully to see your funding offer and to understand your responsibilities for receiving payment.

Award opportunities

The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) administers a wide variety of awards for graduate students at UCalgary. Learn about the different types of awards, and see our webpage, Tips for success, on writing a strong application.


You may also apply for assistantships within your program. Be sure to check with your Graduate Program Administrator to learn about opportunities, eligibility and application deadlines.

There are three types of assistantships:

  • Graduate Assistantship, Non-Teaching: This student role assists with non-teaching responsibilities such as research, program coordination or special projects. Earnings are 50% taxable, 50% not-subject to tax.
  • Graduate Assistantship, Teaching: Students in this role assist faculty members with the instructional responsibilities of departments. Commonly referred to as a TA, earnings from this role are 50% taxable, 50% not-subject to tax.
  • Graduate Assistantship, Research: Students perform research that is unrelated to their field of study and are paid from the research accounts held by university faculty. The rate of pay varies and earnings are treated as employment income and thus subject to tax.

Read the GAT collective agreement to learn more about these roles.

Download our Money Matters guide to use as a reference as you plan your funding. 

Student cost of living

Use the Graduate Student Cost of Living Calculator from the Graduate Students' Association (GSA) to prepare for living in Calgary. 

Online calculator