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Visiting and exchange students

If you’re attending UCalgary to pursue research studies directly related to your current degree, you may be eligible to participate in the visiting student researcher program.

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Visiting student researchers

Visiting student researchers are full-time students who attend UCalgary to support a specific research project that aligns with their studies at their home institution.

Learn more about visiting research students

Exchange students

Are you a student pursuing your degree at one of UCalgary's exchange partner universities? Would you like to spend time studying at UCalgary? Find out more.

Learn more about exchange students

What is the visiting student researcher (VSR) program?

The VSR program is a formal study program specifically for students who want to pursue research at UCalgary. View the full definition in UCalgary's Academic Calendar.

Visiting student researchers are full-time students who attend UCalgary to support a specific research project that aligns with their studies at their home institution.

Both undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in a full-time degree program at an accredited or recognized post-secondary institution may apply to participate in this program.

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Visitors inside of Canada can’t participate in the VSR program unless they have a valid study or work permit.

Please have your supervisor complete the assessment form found at the link below. We require this information to assess which application stream (work permit versus study permit) will be the best suited route for your VSR appointment at UCalgary.

Visiting student researchers

Your first step would be to contact a UCalgary research supervisor in the faculty of your area of research interest to confirm they’d would be willing to host you on their research team. Once you have this confirmation, apply for admission to the VSP program using the links below.

Undergraduate visiting student researchers must complete the undergraduate applicationFor any questions related to undergraduate VSR requirements, email admissions@ucalgary.ca.

Graduate visiting student researchers must complete the graduate applicationFor any questions related to graduate VSR requirements, contact future.grad@ucalgary.ca.

After you’ve been formally admitted to the VSR program and have a UCalgary letter of acceptance, please have your supervisor complete the assessment form . We require this information to assess which application stream (work permit versus study permit) will be the best suited route for your VSR appointment at UCalgary.

Conducting research in Canada, regardless of if it’s for study purposes or not, is considered work. As such, proper authorization is required.

What is the incoming exchange students program, and how do I apply?

If you're studying for one semester only, you'll need to apply for either a “Temporary Resident Visa” or an “Electronic Travel Authorization” (this excludes American students). Click here for more information on what you need to enter Canada.

If you're studying for one  semester only and want to work while you’re here, you'll need to apply for a study permit. For information on working in Canada as a student, please click here.

You’ll require a study permit if:

  • you'll be conducting any independent research on our campus (outside of regular course requirements) during your exchange
  • you'll be studying at UCalgary for longer than six months

What type of immigration documents do I require?

If you're studying for one semester only, you'll need to apply for either a “Temporary Resident Visa” or an “Electronic Travel Authorization” (this excludes American students). Click here for more information on what you need to enter Canada.

If you're studying for one  semester only and want to work while you’re here, you'll need to apply for a study permit. For information on working in Canada as a student, please click here.

  • You’ll require a study permit if:you'll be conducting any independent research on our campus (outside of regular course requirements) during your exchange
  • you'll be studying at UCalgary for longer than six months

Before you enter Canada

You must have your immigration application approved prior to entering Canada. For more information on immigration requirements, please contact International Student Services at issimmigration@ucalgary.ca.