Grad life

At UCalgary, you'll find a supportive environment for all aspects of graduate student life. 

Adjusting to grad life

Between the requirements of research, classes and working with your supervisor, graduate studies can be demanding. Many students find that success comes with a healthy balance between work and wellbeing.

UCalgary’s grad student programs are designed to help you succeed in your new environment, whether that means conquering a heavy schedule, getting outdoors or meeting new friends along the way.

Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre is a summer term service that provides support and programming for new-to-Calgary students as they prepare to make Calgary their home. Last year, the Centre interacted with over 3000 students from at least 60 countries and 10 provinces. If you're planning your arrival, or looking for accomodations, the Welcome Centre has you covered.

Learn more about The Welcome Centre.

Graduate Students' Association

The GSA provides programs and services that help you look after your health and wellbeing, including your social needs.

Calendar of social events

• Health and dental benefits

• Mentorship program

• Last Defence Lounge

• Cost of living calculator

International Student Services

International Student Services provides support services and customized advising for all University of Calgary international students adjusting to life and study in Canada.

• Global Families Program

• Language Bank

• Global Friendship Program

• English Language Programs


SU Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre is dedicated to creating a healthy campus community, with services for health, mental health, support and outreach, and a series of events, programs and workshops.

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The College at the University of Calgary

Grad students are invited to join a community of exceptional scholars to share ideas and work collaboratively on projects connected to the university’s research priorities.

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