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University of Calgary

University of Calgary
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The University of Calgary (a k.a. U of C) is a public research university located in Calgary, Canada. The main campus is located in the northwest quartile of the city near the Bow River, and a subsidiary south campus is located in the city centre.

In July 1957, the University of Alberta endorsed a "$1 Lease" with the City of Calgary for 121 hectares of 300 acres of land. In 1958, the University of Alberta renamed the branch campus to the "University of Alberta in Calgary," and unmasked the plans for new permanent facilities on the leased land. The new campus started its 1st permanent facilities in October 1960, the Arts and Education Building and the Science and Engineering Building.

In May 1965, the satellite campus was authorized academic and financial autonomy from the "University of Alberta". In the next year, in April 1966, the institution was officially made into an independent university, with the acceptance of the Universities Act by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The university was shaped on the American state university (more like the University of Alberta), with prominence in extension work and applied research.

In the early 20thcentury, professional education extended beyond theology, law, and medicine. Graduate training was designed on the German-inspired American model of esoteric course work, and the completion of a research thesis was initiated.

In 2007, the University of Calgary, in association with the City of Calgary, started work on the West Campus Development Project through the West Campus Development Trust. The priority of the trust is to manage the transformation of previously unutilized University lands, with the ultimate aim to fabricate financial gain on investment for the university's academic mission. Once completed, University District will be a mixed-use, 200+ acre community consisting of residential, office, retail, and park layouts.

Faculties, Schools & programs:

Faculty of Arts

  • Ancient and Medieval History (B.A.)
  • Anthropology, Social and Cultural (B.A.)
  • Art History (B.A.)
  • Dance (B.A., BFA)
  • Earth Science
  • East Asian Studies (B.A.)
  • English
  • French (B.A.)
  • Geography (B.A., BSc)
  • Global Development Studies (B.A.)
  • History (B.A.)
  • International Relations (B.A.)
  • Latin American Studies (B.A.)
  • Linguistics (B.A.)
  • Multidisciplinary Studies (B.A.)
  • Music (BMus)
  • Political Science (B.A.)
  • Religious Studies (B.A.)
  • Sociology (B.A.)
  • Urban Studies (B.A.)
  • Visual Studies (BFA)
  • Spanish (B.A.)
  • Russian (B.A.)
  • Psychology (B.A., BSc)
  • Philosophy (B.A.)
  • Music (B.A.)
  • Linguistics and Language (B.A.)
  • Law and Society (B.A.)
  • Italian Studies (B.A.)
  • International Indigenous Studies (B.A.)
  • Greek and Roman Studies (B.A.)
  • German (B.A.)
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies (B.A.)
  • Film Studies (B.A., BFS)
  • Economics (B.A.)
  • East Asian Language Studies (B.A.)
  • Drama (BFA, BFA/BEd)
  • Communication and Media Studies (B.A., BCMS)
  • Archaeology (B.A., BSc)
  • Anthropology (BSc)

Haskayne School of Business

  • Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)
  • Master of Management (MMgmt)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Executive MBA (EMBA)
  • MSc Sustainable Energy Development
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Ph.D. in Management
  • Executive Education

 Faculty of Science

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geoscience
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Data Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Nanoscience
  • Natural Sciences
  • Neuroscience

Cumming School of Medicine

  • Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cardiac Sciences
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Clinical Neurosciences
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medicine Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

Schulich School of Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Geomatics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Digital Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Digital Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Werklund School of Education

  •  MEd Interdisciplinary
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Research
  • MEd Specialist 
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Counselling Psychology
  • MEd School and Applied Child Psychology
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Ph.D. in Educational Research
  • Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology
  • Ph.D. in School & Applied Child Psychology3
  • School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Nursing (Qatar)
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Social Work

Upcoming Session Dates & Deadlines

The academic year of U of Calgary starts with the “Fall Term” and ends with the “Summer Intersession."

The agendas for the Juris Doctor, Doctor of Medicine and, the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine may differ in start and end dates.

Please consult the “Student Centre” for deadlines specific to courses with a non-standard schedule.

The academic schedule may be updated online when required and as needed.

                      Fall Term - 2021 Winter Term - 2022
Academic Dates   
Start of Term Monday, 30thAugust Monday, 3rdJanuary
End of Term Friday, 24thDecember Friday, 29thApril
Block Week Monday-Friday, 30thAugust -3rdSeptember Monday-Friday, 3rdJanuary -7th
Start of Classes Tuesday, 7thSeptember Monday, 10thJanuary
Term Break, no classes Sunday-Saturday, November 7th-13th Sunday-Saturday, February 20th-26th
End of Classes Thursday, 9thDecember Tuesday, 12thApril
Start of Exams Monday, 13thDecember Tuesday, 19thApril
End of Exams Wednesday, 22ndDecember Friday, 29thApril
Registration Dates   
Last day to drop a class without financial penalty Monday, 20thSeptember Thursday, 20thJanuary
Last day to add or swap a course Tuesday, 21stSeptember Friday, 21stJanuary
Last day to withdraw from a course Thursday, 9thDecember Tuesday, 12thApril
Tuition and Refund Dates   
End of the refund period Monday, 20thSeptember Thursday, 20thJanuary
Tuition and Fee Payment Deadline Friday, 24thSeptember Friday, 28thJanuary
Important Dates   
Deadline to Apply for Fall Convocation Wednesday, 15thSeptember  
Fall Convocation Tuesday, 9thNovember  
Deadline to Apply for Winter Conferral of Degree   Saturday, 15thJanuary
Winter Conferral of Degree   Monday, 14thFebruary
  Spring/Summer Term -2022 Spring Intersession -2022 Summer Intersession –2022
Academic Dates    
Start of Term Monday, 2ndMay Monday, 2ndMay Monday, 27thJune
End of Term Friday, 26thAugust Friday, 24thJune Friday, 26thAugust
Start of Classes   Wednesday, 4thMay Monday, 27thJune
End of Classes   Thursday, 16thJune Wednesday, 10thAugust
Start of Exams   Monday, 20thJune Friday, 12thAugust
End of Exams   Wednesday, 22ndJune Monday, 15thAugust
Registration Dates    
Last day to drop a class without financial penalty Monday, 9thMay Monday, 9thMay Thursday, 30thJune
Last day to add or swap a course   Monday, 9thMay Thursday, 30thJune
Last day to withdraw from a course   Thursday, 16thJune Wednesday, 10thAugust
Tuition and Refund Dates    
End of the refund period Monday, 9thMay Monday, 9thMay Thursday, 30thJune
Tuition and Fee Payment Deadline Wednesday, 11thMay Wednesday, 11thMay Wednesday, 6thJuly

Grades & Grading System

Students shall have been informed by their educators of the grades currently accorded one week before the withdrawal deadline in all courses.

It is at the educator's discretion to round off either upward or downward to determine a final grade when the average of term work and final examinations is between two letter grades.


Under Graduate Grading System

Grade Grade Point Value Description
A+ 4.0 Outstanding
A 4.0 Excellent-superior performance
A- 3.7  
B+ 3.0  
B 3.0 Good - above-average performance
B- 2.7  
C+ 2.3  
C 2.0 Satisfactory
C- 1.7 Receipt of a grade point average of 1.7 may not be sufficient for promotion or graduation. (Please refer to individual undergraduate faculty regulations.)
D+ 1.3  
D 1.0 Minimal pass - marginal performance
F 0 Fail - unsatisfactory performance or failure to meet course requisites
I 0 Incomplete - unsatisfactory (w.e,f. Jan’ 2007).

Final Grades

Final grades are evaluated by considering the assignments, term work, quizzes, final papers, or exams. Grades will be awarded in a letter grade format and posted on one’s student portal soon after they are received from the educator, nearly 30 days after the exam or final assignment date.

Academic Upgrading course final grades will be shown as percentage (numeric) grades on the official transcript.

Grading System

A+ 95.0 – 100% Outstanding
A 90.0 – 94.0% Excellent Superior performance
A- 85.0 – 89.0% Approaching Excellent
B+ 80.0 – 84.0% Exceeding Good
B 75.0 – 79.0% Good Above-average performance
B- 70.0 – 74.0% Approaching Good
C+ 67.0 – 69.0% Exceeding Satisfactory
C 64.0 – 66.0% Satisfactory (minimal pass) Basic understanding of subject matter.
C- 60.0 – 63.0% Approaching Satisfactory Receipt of a C- or less is not adequate for certificate program requisites.
D+ 55.0 – 59.0% Marginal Performance
D 50.0 – 54.0% Minimal Performance
F 0 – 49.0% Fail
A.U.   Course Audit No course credit.
C.R.   Completed Requirements
NC   Not Complete The NC grade is accorded to students who neither attended the course nor submitted any assignments and did not formally withdraw from the course. Students will be assigned a grade based on any or all assignments submitted.
AT   Attended
NS   Not Subject to Grading

Ratings & Rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities “Shanghai Ranking” has positioned it in the range of #151- #200 internationally, whereas it has placed Calgary among #6- #9 universities nationally for 2020. Q.S., which lays a lot of emphasis on the academic reputation of the institute, has positioned Calgary at #246 position globally and #9 position in Canada for 2021.

THE has also ranked it at #200 place internationally and 8thposition within Canada for 2021. Also, U.S. News and World Report have placed it at #174 rank in its global rankings whereas at #7 position among Canadian universities. So, the University of Calgary can be indexed as one of Canada's top TEN higher education organizations.

Ranked By 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
ARWU (Shanghai Ranking) - Universities Rankings  201 to 300 151 to 200 151 to 200 151 to 200 151 to 200 NA
Q.S. - World University Ranking NA #196 #217 #229 #233 #246
THE (Times Higher Education) - University Ranking  NA #195 201 to 250 #199 201 to 250 #200
US News & World Report - Global Universities  NA NA #178 #178 #178 #174


Master of Business Administration [M.B.A] Management

  • 2 yearsUSD
  • 29,520 /Yr

Master of Engineering [M.Eng] Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • 2 yearsUSD
  • 23,555 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • 2 years
  • USD 10,665 /Yr

Master of Engineering [M.Eng] Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

  • 2 years
  • USD 10,665 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Civil Engineering

  • 2 years
  • USD 10,665 /Yr

Master of Architecture [M.Arch]

  • 2 years                               
  • USD 15,697 /Yr

Master of Engineering [M.Eng] Civil Engineering

  • 1 year 
  •  USD 10,665 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

  • 2 years 
  •  USD 10,665 /Yr

Master of Arts [M.A] Economics

  • 2 years  
  • USD 10,665 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • 2 years 
  •  USD 10,665 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Math and Statistics

  • 1 year   
  • USD 13,387 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • 2 years 
  •  USD 13,387 /Yr

Master of Engineering [M.Eng] Biomedical Engineering

  • 18 months 
  • USD 10,000 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Biomedical Engineering

  • 2 years   
  • USD 13,386 /Yr

Master of Engineering [M.Eng] Geomatics Engineering

  • 2 years   
  • USD 12,780 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Medical Science

  • 2 years 
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Geomatics Engineering

  • 2 years 
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Clinical Psychology

  • 2 years   
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Computational Media Design

  • 2 years     
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Chemistry

  • 2 years  
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] Computer Science

  • 4 years 
  • USD 11,879 /Yr

Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] Civil Engineering

  • 3 years      
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Arts [M.A] Philosophy

  • 2 years   
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Veterinary Medicine

  • 2 years  
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Fine Arts [M.F.A]

  • 2 years   
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] Environmental Design

  • 4 years      
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Music [M.Mus]

  • 2 years    
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Certificate Data Science and Analytics

  • 8 months   
  • USD 12,241 /Yr

Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] Neuroscience

  • 4 years  
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] Math and Statistics

  • 4 years   
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master of Engineering [M.Eng] Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • 1 year 
  • USD 12,780 /Yr

Master of Arts [M.A] Communication and Media Studies

  • 2 years 
  • USD 13,388 /Yr

Master Of Science [M.S] Immunology

  • 2 years 
  • USD 10,905 /Yr

Master of Arts [M.A] History

  • 2 years   
  • USD 10,905 /Yr

Master of Arts [M.A] Linguistics

  • 2 years   
  • USD 10,905 /Yr

Master of Arts [M.A] Pure Mathematics

  • 2 years   
  • USD 9,525 /Yr

Master of Kinesiology [M.Kin]

  • 2 year   
  • USD 17,115 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Environmental Design

  • 4 years    
  • USD 10,905 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Biological Sciences

  • 2 years 
  • USD 10,000 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Sustainable Energy Development

  • 16 months      
  • USD 31,465 /Yr

Master of Science [M.S] Public Policy

  • 1 year 
  • USD 2,945/Yr


The university formulates its students for a professional lifestyle from an early stage. Students are offeredwork-while-study programs to earn professional skills as well as money for their personal expenses. The average base salary offered to the university graduates is US$50,000. Following are the professions and average salary of the graduates of U of Calgary respectively:

Profession Average Salary
Financial Services US$128,000
Finance Control and Strategy US$93,000
I.T. and Software Development US$79,000
Sales and Business Development US$60,000
Consulting, Accounting and Professional Services US$64,000

Reputed as one of the best Canadian universities, the University of Calgary is a preferred choice for international students willing to study in Canada. The reason is a comparatively more inexpensive study cost than most of the U.S. universities while rendering living-learning offers with an equivalent value of the degree after graduation. Moreover, the university effectuates the needs of its students through a variety of financial assistance programs. Positioned by several renowned ranking agencies and providing remarkable post-study employment opportunities, the University of Calgary is undoubtedly one of the best institutes to study in Canada as an international student.

The average placement package at Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is betweenU$40,000- U$60,000. Despite the stagflation and economic slowdown, some of the high-end sectors in Calgary are agriculture, construction, manufacturing, business, building and other support services,Public administration, and educational services. The petroleum engineering program is an apple of the eye because Calgary owns most of the petroleum companies in Canada. Stats reveal that two-third of U of Calgary graduates live and work in Calgary itself.


In-campus Residences

  • Kananaskis and Rundle Halls
  • International House
  • Yamnuska Hall
  • Cascade Hall
  • Aurora Hall
  • Olympus Hall
  • Cascade Hall
  • Crowsnest Hall
  • Glacier Hall
  • Varsity Courts

Off-Campus Housing

What area of Calgary should one live in?

Some of the closest neighborhoods, where lots of students prefer to stayare:

  • Sunnyside/Kensington
  • Capitol Hill
  • Brentwood
  • Charleswood
  • Varsity

Choosing an area should depend on what's available and one’s lifestyle, and whether one wants to live in the downtown area or closer to the campus.

What types of rental accommodations are available in Calgary?

  • High Rise Apartments
  • Walk-Up Condos
  • Suites –
  • Shared Accommodation (house/apartment) 

Admission & Selection

University of Calgary Application Process:

The application procedure at the University of Calgary is the same for both undergraduate and graduate streams. However, international aspirants are advised to apply at least TEN months before the deadline date of application as it normally takes almost 6 months to get the study permit for Canada.

How to Apply?

  • Go through the list of courses and select the one of your preference.
  • One must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for the course.
  • Apply for the preferred program at the University of Calgary.
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • All the required transcripts, English Proficiency test results must be submitted before the deadline.
  • After the successful submission of the application form, it will be moved for scrutiny.
  • University authorities will contact selected applicants for further necessary procedure.

Basic Admission Requirements:

Below are the general documentary requisites for admission to the University of Calgary:

  • Certified copy of the Applicant’s Passport
  • Certified copy of academic documents/certificates.
  • Portfolio-based on course entry requirements (if required)
  • Documents must be submitted with an English interpretation if they are not in English.
  • Financial& Sponsorship documents
  • English Language Test score.

English Proficiency Requirements

The University of Calgary welcomes various English proficiency test results from international students. The minimum needed scores are mentioned below:

Tests Required Minimum Scores
TOEFL iBT 80.0
TOEFL cBT 213.0
TOEFL pBT 550.0
CAEL 60.0
CLBA 7.0
MELAB 70.0


U of Calgary Scholarship/Award Benefits Eligibility
University of Calgary International Entrance Scholarship C$15,000 (Renewable) GPA of 2.6 + (minimum of 24.0 units)
CIBC International Entrance Scholarship C$10,000 A minimum average of 75.0%; Entering in the fall term
University of Calgary International Entrance Award C$10,000 Full-time Registration - in at least 9 units
University of Calgary International Undergraduate Award C$5,000 Continuing undergraduate international students
The University of Calgary Award for International Student-Athletes Up to C$10,000 Members of a University of Calgary Dinos intercollegiate athletic team; Entering students - Admission average of at least 80.0%; Transfer students - GPA of 2.0; Continuing students - GPA of 2.0

University of Calgary Bursaries for Bachelor Programs

U of Calgary Bursary Benefits Eligibility
Margaret Saunders Bursary in Education Up to C$16,000 Continuing international undergraduate student; Academic Merit; Financial Need
Mike Shaikh Bursary in Business Up to C$1600 Continuing international undergraduate student; Majoring in Accounting; Financial need
University of Calgary Alumni Association International Student Bursary Up to C$5000 Students entering 3rd or 4th year; Academic merit; Financial Need

University of Calgary External Awards & Scholarships

U of Calgary Scholarship Benefits Eligibility
Husky Energy Scholarship Program C$1000 Extracurricular/Community activities
Alex Decoteau Award of Honour C$5,000 Spouses/common-law partners or children of Canadian Armed Forces soldiers who are deceased or permanently disabled
David Johnston Law Scholarship C$10,000 A full-time undergraduate student entering the Faculty of Law
Louise McKinney Scholarship C$2,500 Continuing full-time; A minimum of 24 units undertaken
Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship C$2,000 Outstanding leadership, especially in the area of disability; dynamism to improve the lives of other people
Jason Lang Scholarship C$1,000 GPA of 3.2; Minimum 24.0 units of courses

Nearby Cities / Airports

  • Calgary, Canada
  • Airdrie, Canada
  • Cochrane, Canada
  • Crossfield, Canada
  • Okotoks, Canada
  • Black Diamond, Canada
  • Irricana, Canada
  • Strathmore, Canada
  • Carstairs, Canada
  • High River, Canada
  • Didsbury, Canada
  • Olds, Canada
  • Nanton, Canada
  • Sundre, Canada
  • Three Hills, Canada

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