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University of Calgary Calendar 2012-2013 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 http://www.ucalgary.ca/provost/vp/vpint

Study Abroad for U of C Students

International Student Programs & Advising

International Partnerships, Visitors, Projects & Development

“We will create a campus that also attracts scholars from around the world to this hub – one that promotes diversity of thought, culture, and respect for alternatives. We will leverage our expertise to share capacity with targeted institutions in the developing world. ” Academic Plan 2012-2016

"UofCInternational" is committed to raising the profile of the U of C worldwide, making the university an attractive destination for international students, academics and researchers. As well, we provide 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.

“Our University will be a “global intellectual hub” where our students, staff, and faculty at the center of this hub will radiate new discoveries, ideas, and applications that have global impact. “Academic Plan 2012-2016

The University of Calgary has over 2600 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 U of C offers major entrance scholarships and awards for 1st year undergraduate international students as well as a number of awards for continuing students as a part of the U of C support for internationalization and to international students.

The University of Calgary also has agreements to receive funded/scholarship students from a number of countries at both the graduate (Masters and Doctoral) and undergraduate (Baccalaureate) level. We encourage international graduate and undergraduate students to consider spending time at the U of C working with academics in disciplines assisting in cutting edge research.

“Calgary is a global community – and we must prepare our graduates to work in a globalized world.” Academic Plan 2012-2016

The University of Calgary has developed an ambitious plan that would encourage 50% of undergraduate students to have a study abroad or international 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. Each year we distribute travel grants valued at more than $300,000 to U of C 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 or undertake a research project.

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 UCInternational 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 U of C 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.

We will leverage our expertise to share capacity with targeted institutions in the developing world. International partnerships will be equitable, respectful of differences in culture, and mutually beneficial. We will be a global source for objective information, expertise, and productive collaborations across all sectors of government, industries, and non-governmental organizations.” Academic Plan 2012-2016

The U of C has over 250 international partnerships that include collaborative research, joint academic and scientific studies, collaborative degrees and student exchanges, training programs, internships and practicums. U of C staff/faculty lead development projects in Water Management in Central and South America; Sustainable Environment, Energy and Economy in Ghana Child Health in Uganda; Healthcare Accessibility, Rehabilitation and Education in South Sudan. U of C students may complete a semester-long internship/practicum through our participation in Students for Development with NGO's in Ghana.

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 U of C celebrated it’s first graduating class from UCQatar in June 2010 and has approximately 400 students enrolled in the Nursing Program.

U of C offered study abroad opportunites in the following countries (2012):

Americas: Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, United States

Africa/Middle East: Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey

Asia/Pacific: Australia, China, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea (S. Korea), Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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 www.ucalgary.ca/uci.

2010 Highlights

  • The UCI Speakers Series has featured President Vicente Fox (former President of Mexico, 2000-06) in Fall 2009 and Gwynne Dyer (author/journalist) in Winter 2010 and Craig Kielberger Fall 2010.
  • There are more than 2600 international students at the UofC and the five countries from which we receive the largest number of international students are: China, Iran, India, the USA, 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 or the Winter term in Melbourne, Australia.
  • In 2012, more than 1000 (est.) 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:


University of Calgary International


Centre for International Students & Study Abroad (CISSA)

Room 275 MacEwan Student Centre
Tel: 403.220.5581
Fax: 403.289.4409
Email: cissa@ucalgary.ca

International Partnerships and Visitors (delegations)

Room 14 Dining Centre
Tel: 403.220.7702
Fax: 403.289.0171
Email: uci@ucalgary.ca

International Development Centre

Room 14 Dining Centre
Tel: 403.220.7700
Fax: 403.289.0171
Email: ucintdev@ucalgary.ca

International Recruitment & Prospective Students

Tel: 1+403.210.7625