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You are an international student if you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident and you come to Canada on a temporary basis for the purpose of pursuing an accredited course of study.
Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission to your graduate program, you must meet the admission requirements set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and by your graduate program of interest.
Visit International Admissions Requirements for information on specific degree and grade point average requirements for the country where you earned your degree.
If you have been granted Permanent Residency or Citizenship in Canada but your education took place in another country, you will also want to check the admission requirements for that country. 
English Language
If your primary language is not English, you may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways (scores below are for valid for Fall 2016 admission. For winter 2017 admissions, see new scores in the academic calendar):
  • TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based) or 560 (paper-based). Our institution code is 0813.
  • IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (academic version)
  • MELAB score of 80, or higher
  • PTE score of 59, or higher (academic version)
  • By successfully completing Tier 3 of the University of Calgary's International Foundations Program
Some graduate programs may require higher scores higher. Please contact your graduate program of interest for further information.
Graduate Program Endorsement
Each graduate program determines whether to recommend the admission of a particular applicant to the Faculty of Graduate Studies based on departmental considerations.
Please contact your graduate program of interest at the earliest possible date to learn and understand program specific requirements and to obtain endorsement.
For more information on admission requirements, see the Graduate Calendar.
Awards & Scholarships
Foreign Government Funding
If you have funding from one of the following programs, please see our web page for more information on applying to the University of Calgary:
There are also several other funding options for international students. Please visit the following pages to explore the scholarships that you can apply for:
To see more options for funding, please use the
Graduate Awards Database. Read our instructions
on using the database to get the best results.
Tuition & Fees
International students pay both tuition and general fees. Tuition fees for international students are higher than the regular tuition fees for graduate students.
Please see the Graduate Calendar for tuition amounts and general fees.
Your program may also have tuition fees that are different from the regular full-time graduate program tuition. Review the Program Specific Tuition Fees.
To get information on obtaining a visa, please contact the International Student Specialist at