Studying at another university

As a graduate student at the University of Calgary, you may wish to take a course offered at another institution to be used as credit towards your University of Calgary degree.

Exchange students

If you wish to take a course offered at another institution to be used as credit towards your University of Calgary degree, you must gain approval from your program and the Faculty of Graduate Studies before the course(s) begins.

If the university you wish to attend does not have an exchange agreement with UCalgary, you will require a Letter of Permission from your graduate program and the program at the other institution.

If there is an exchange agreement, you will need to complete an Application for Exchange form.

Transfer credit

Students registered in a graduate degree program at the University of Calgary may receive a credit for courses taken at other recognized institutions.

Courses for which transfer credit is sought must be:

  • from a recognized institution and not have been used for any degree or diploma accreditation
  • graduate level courses, with a graded level of performance equivalent to a “B” or higher standing on the University of Calgary grade scale

Receiving credit for courses completed elsewhere

Students must arrange for official transcripts showing the courses taken and the grades achieved, to be sent directly from the other institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary.

Note: Transfer credit and any advanced credit received upon entrance to the program, combined, may not exceed one third of the program or two full-course equivalents (whichever is less).


Doctoral Cotutelle

For University of Calgary students

1. Obtain permission from your supervisor and program to apply for Doctoral Cotutelle study:

  • Contact a Partner University graduate program in which you would like to be a Doctoral Cotutelle student.
  • Find a faculty member at the Partner University program to agree to Doctoral Cotutelle supervision.

2. If the University of Calgary program agrees to Doctoral Cotutelle study:

  • Apply for admission to the PhD program at the Partner University.
  • Complete the Doctoral Cotutelle Agreement form and the appendices, and submit to the University of Calgary's Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Partner University's Faculty of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) with the necessary signatures  for approval.
  • Fill out any other paperwork required by the Partner University.

3. If the agreement is approved, you will be admitted as a Doctoral Cotutelle student. To complete the process, you will need to:

For students registered at a partner university

1. Obtain permission from your program to apply for Doctoral Cotutelle study.

  • Contact the University of Calgary graduate program in which you would like to be a Doctoral Cotutelle student.
  • You will need to find a faculty member in the University of Calgary program to agree to Doctoral Cotutelle supervision.

2. If the University of Calgary program agrees to Doctoral Cotutelle study:

  • Apply for admission to the University of Calgary PhD program.
  • Complete the Doctoral Cotutelle Agreement form and the appendices, and submit to the University of Calgary's Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Partner University's Faculty of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) with the necessary signatures for approval.
  • Fill out any other paperwork required by your university.

3. If the agreement is approved, you will be admitted as a Doctoral Cotutelle student.


Tuition

Normally, the student will pay tuition and mandatory student fees at whichever university the student is in residence for a given academic term. Financial support for the student is to be worked out between the co-supervisors at the two institutions and specified in the Doctoral Cotutelle Agreement.

Annual registration

Each year, before your registration anniversary date, you must complete and submit the Doctoral Cotutelle Annual Registration form to maintain your registration status. 


Western Dean's Agreement

The agreement allows University of Calgary students to take courses at selected Western Canadian Universities while paying University of Calgary tuition.

As a registered graduate student you may apply for student status at a university listed here by completing the Western Deans' Agreement authorization form and obtaining the approval of your Graduate Program Director and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. You also require approval from the Graduate Department /Program and Faculty of Graduate Studies at the institute you wish to attend.

Responsibilities

You pay tuition and general fees at the University of Calgary and applicable general fees at the host institution. Contact the host university for information on their fees.

You are also responsible for arranging for an official transcript to be sent from the host institution back to the University of Calgary when your course(s) at the host university are completed.

Application due dates vary at each institution, but must be received at the university you wish to attend at least two weeks before the course start date.

*Check with the host university to confirm application due dates.

If you are a student from another university

To register for courses at the University of Calgary, your application is due by:

  • November 1 – For January Session
  • March 1 – For May Session
  • May 1 – For July Session
  • July 1 – For September Session

Host universities

  • Athabasca University
  • University of Alberta
  • Brandon University
  • University of British Columbia
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • University of Calgary
  • Concordia University College of Alberta
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Regina
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Victoria