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The grad experience

At UCalgary, you'll find a supportive environment for all aspects of graduate student life. 

Adjusting to life in grad school

Between the requirements of research, classes and working with your supervisor, graduate studies can be demanding. Many students find that success comes with a healthy balance between work and wellbeing.

UCalgary’s grad student programs are designed to help you succeed in your new environment, whether that means conquering a heavy schedule, getting outdoors or meeting new friends along the way.

Welcome Centre

This summer-term service provides support for new-to-Calgary students. Last year, the Centre interacted with over 3000 students from 60 countries and 10 provinces. When planning your arrival or looking for accommodations, the Welcome Centre can help.

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Graduate Students' Association

The GSA provides programs and services that help you look after your health and wellbeing, including your social needs.

  • Health and dental benefits
  • Cost of living calculator
  • Social events
  • Mentorship program
  • Last Defence Lounge

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International Student Services

International Student Services provides support services and customized advising for all University of Calgary international students adjusting to life and study in Canada.

  • Global Families Program
  • Language Bank
  • Global Friendship Program
  • English Language Program

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Active Living

UCalgary is home to one of North America’s largest campus-based recreation departments, with facilities and programs for everything from rock climbing to swimming to hiking to skating. Rent outdoor gear to explore Alberta's stunning natural environment!

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