Areas of Study:
This exchange is only open to UCalgary students majoring or minoring in Geophysics and Geology. Students must take a minimum of 2/3rds of their courses from this subject area at Edinburgh. To find Geophysics courses, please review their course listings.
Edinburgh recommends students take a full course load of 60 University of Edinburgh Credits per semester. One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Edinburgh points. Course information can be found in their online course catalogue (linked above). They also provide information on teaching differences in Edinburgh.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. The University of Edinburgh offers an extensive summary of tentative costs to expect and budget for. At a glance, here are a few estimates:
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Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.
Edinburgh cost comparison vs Calgary: Click Here
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.
Housing at Edinburgh is guaranteed for all incoming exchange students, and the university offers a wide variety of accommodation within walking distance of the main university area and city centre. After the nomination and application period, once you receive your acceptance and offer of study directly from Edinburgh, you are encouraged to apply for housing. Check out housing options via their Accommodation Search page.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students majoring or minoring in Geophysics or Geology at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).
Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Edinburgh, you will then apply directly to their exchange program. For more details on Edinburgh's application click here.
Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency. For more information about Edinburgh's requirements click here.
Reference letters are not required, but Edinburgh's office or faculty might request one later on if needed.
What supports does Edinburgh offer?
Edinburgh offers academic support, study skills workshops, language support, and tutoring through its Academic support network.
What's special about the University of Edinburgh and the city?
Edinburgh is known for its world-class festivals and events - check out fun facts and to-do listings here. You can also hear what alumni have to say, and 10 reasons why you should choose to study at Edinburgh here. The university has over 240 student societies and offers events throughout the year for exchange and international students.