Plan your arrival at the airport and prepare for your first week on campus

I received an offer, now what?

Follow these four steps to start your program

Accept your offer

You must accept your offer before the deadline to secure a spot.

See the instructions

Pay your deposit

If you are a course-based student, you must pay a $500 non-refundable admission deposit that will be applied toward your tuition in your first term. 

How to pay

Activate your UCalgary account

Set up your UCalgary email and update your contact information in your Student Centre.

Setup your email

Register for courses

Contact your program to learn about required courses, then activate your registration before adding classes to your schedule.

Adding classes to your schedule

Questions about your confirming your registration? Contact us

Find important information for students relocating to Calgary from other cities, provinces or countries.

Apply for a study permit

International Student Services (ISS) provides support and information on immigration regulations, getting a study permit and preparing for arrival.

International Student Services

Find a place to live

You can live in residence or off-campus. Living in residence instantly connects you to the campus community. Campus housing for students with families is also available.

Explore your housing options

Arriving in Calgary

The Welcome Centre has useful resources for new-to-Calgary students. Plan your arrival at the airport and prepare for your first week on campus.

Welcome Centre

Look up program information and important deadlines in the Academic Calendar

Sources of funding

Depending on your program of study, you may have been offered guaranteed funding for a set amount of time. Read your letter of admission carefully to see your funding offer and to understand your responsibilities for receiving payment. 

Graduate student funding comes from many different sources – it can come from: supervisors, graduate awards, graduate programs, research grants, graduate assistantships.

Awards and assistantships are explained below.


About applying for awards

You must apply for awards

You are not automatically submitted. It is important to read the eligibility requirements and follow the application instructions for each award you are considering.

Learn more about eligibility

You do not need to be accepted into your program

You are encouraged to apply for awards when you have submitted your admissions application and received your University of Calgary student number (UCID). You are not required to meet the eligibility requirements in the terms of reference of an award when you apply, but if successful, you must meet the eligibility requirements at the time the award is paid.

Some awards are restricted by citizenship

International students are eligible for many awards. See the list of awards open to international students under Award Opportunities. You can also search the Awards Database and select International in the Citizenship category.

Awards Database

Questions about an award or your eligibility? Contact the Graduate Scholarship Office


You may also apply for assistantships within your program. Check with Graduate Program Staff to learn about opportunities, eligibility and application deadlines. There are three types of assistantships:

Graduate Assistantship, Non-Teaching

This student role assists with non-teaching responsibilities such as research, program coordination or special projects. Earnings are 50% taxable, 50% not-subject to tax.

Graduate Assistantship, Teaching

Students in this role assist faculty members with the instructional responsibilities of departments. Commonly referred to as a TA, earnings from this role are 50% taxable, 50% not-subject to tax.

Graduate Assistantship, Research

Students perform research that is unrelated to their field of study and are paid from the research accounts held by university faculty. The rate of pay varies and earnings are treated as employment income and thus subject to tax.

Read the GAT collective agreement to learn more about these roles.