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University of Calgary Calendar 2011-2012 About the University of Calgary International Education: UC International
International Education: UC International
Study Abroad and Student Exchange Programs

UC International is headed by the Vice Provost International

Study Abroad for UofC Students

International Student Programs & Advising

International Partnerships, Visitors & Development

"UofCInternational" is committed to raising the profile of the UofC worldwide, making the university an attractive destination for international students, academics and researchers and providing 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.

"Recruiting high-caliber students and providing them with excellent and fulfilling academic experiences is essential to our broad mission and to our success as a University in delivering our mandate." (Academic Foundations: Principles to Guide University Planning. page 7)

The University of Calgary has over 2500 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 UofC offers major entrance scholarships and awards for 1st year undergraduate international students as well as a number of awards for continuing students. It is a part of the UofC support for internationalization and to international students. The University of Calgary also has agreements to receive funded/scholarship students from a number of countries.

"A fundamental role of the University of Calgary is to educate our students to appreciate the complexities of the natural and human worlds in which they live and to prepare them to engage actively, thoughtfully and productively both in their careers and as citizens of their communities...  the option of internationalizing educational experiences through study abroad will enhance our students’ adaptability, independence, cultural awareness and communication skills." (Academic Foundations: Principles to Guide University Planning. page 7)

The University of Calgary has an ambitious plan that  would have 30% of its graduating class having a study abroad 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. Since 2008, each year  we have distributed grants valued at more than $300,000  to UofC 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.

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 UCI 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 UofC  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.

The U of C has over 250 international linkages that include collaborative research, joint academic and scientific studies, collaborative degrees and student exchanges, training programs, internships and practicums. UofC staff/faculty lead development projects in Water Management in Central and South America, Sustainable Environment, Energy and Economy in Ghana Child Health in Uganda and Construction and Building Materials in Cuba.

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 UofC celebrated it’s first graduating class from UCQatar in June 2010.

The University's International education, international development, international business, student exchange and study abroad programs involve many countries around the world. For further details consult the International Directory available at

Focus Countries in the following regions reflect countries where a range of institutional activities are evident including; collaborative research, development projects and student activity.

Americas: United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Central America (development projects in Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador)  

Africa: Ghana, Tanzania

Asia/Pacific: China (including Hong Kong), India,  Australia

Europe: Germany, France, Netherlands, Norway, UK

The University's International education, international development, international business, student exchange and study abroad programs involve many countries around the world. For further details consult the International Directory available at

UC International is headed by Professor Carol D. Stewart, Vice Provost International

Institution Highlights

  • UofC undergraduate students participate in a “Global Leadership and Innovation” program in Shantou, China funded in part by the Li Foundation.
  • The UCI Speakers Series featured President Craig Kielberger (2011) speaking on how University students can make a difference. Previous speakers include Vicente Fox (former President of Mexico, 2000-06) in Fall 2009 and Gwynne Dyer (author/journalist) in Winter 2010.
  • There are more than 2500 international students at the UofC and the five countries from which we receive the largest number of international students are: China, Iran, the USA, India and Saudi Arabia.
  • The University of Calgary has developed a Master's program in energy and the environment offered in Quito, Ecuador.
  • Through the Choquette Family Foundation Global Experience Awards, the UofC offers ten $10,000 awards each year for students spending an extended period of time studying abroad.
  • The Student Refugee Committee of the Students' Union sponsors a new refugee student at the University of Calgary each year through World University Services of Canada (WUSC).
  • New student orientation programs assist International students to become comfortable with their new environment. Opportunities include a “Buddy” or “Mentor” program for new students.
  • The top destination countries for UofC exchange programs are Australia, the UK, South Korea and the Netherlands.
  • The University of Calgary offers Semester Abroad programs for undergraduates in the Czech Republic, and Spain. Architecture graduate students may spend the Fall term in Barcelona Spain and/or the Winter term in Adelaide, Australia. 
  • In 2010, more than 1000 University of Calgary students studied abroad as part of their degree programs. Many participate in spring or summer schools abroad.
  • The UofC offers more than $750,000 a year in academic scholarships and awards to undergraduate international students attending the university for degree programs.
  • In Winter 2011 the UofC hosted a Youth Day Conference on campus as part of the larger Calgary meeting of the InterAmerican Development Bank AGM. Student Leaders from several countries throughout the Americas were hosted and matched with UofC student leaders for the one day event.
Main offices involved in international education:

Centre for International Students & Study Abroad (CISSA)

Room 275 MacEwan Student Centre
Tel: 403.220.5581
Fax: 403.289.4409

International Partnerships and Visitors (delegations)

Room 14 Dining Centre
Tel: 403.220.7700
Fax: 403.289.0171

International Development Centre

Room 14 Dining Centre
Tel: 403.220.7700
Fax: 403.289.0171

International Recruitment & Prospective Students

Tel: 1+403.210.7625