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.

Extended graduate orientation

Social events, workshops and sessions throughout the Fall and Winter terms are designed for first-year graduate students. With GradXO, you can meet other grad students over free coffee, take advantage of safe spaces to discuss the joys and challenges of being an international student in Canada, and spend some time learning to manage supervisory or academic issues.

More information about GradXO coming soon.

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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