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University of Calgary 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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The University of Calgary(UCalgary) is composed of over 85 research institutes, 14 faculties, and 55 departments spread over its five campuses. UCalgary offers more than 250 programs at the undergraduate and graduate level to its students. It also provides various Doctorates, Certificates, and Associate programs through its 14 faculties.

With 20% international population, the institute is a regarded higher education institute of Canada which is home to nearly 33,000 students. The university invites applications for admission from international applicants for fall and winter sessions. With an acceptance rate of merely 10-20%, the institute is a highly competitive university to get into and requires an impressive academic profile from its candidates. A GPA of 3.7 or above along with outstanding extracurricular record and letters of recommendation will add merit to the overall student profile of the candidate.

Some salient points to be taken note of when applying at the institute are as mentioned below.

  • The undergraduates and graduate applicants have to apply through the University’s Application Portal
  • The deadlines for all the programs offered by the University of Calgary is the same.
  • International Applicants must provide proof of English Language proficiency.
  • The application fee for both undergraduate and graduate programs is the same.
  • Applicants must make sure to send all the required documents before or by the date required.
  • As per the data of last year, the employment rate of graduate students was 91%.


Application ModeOnline
Application PortalOfficial Application Portal
Application Fee110 USD
Intake SeasonFall and Spring
Academic CalendarSemester based
Number of Faculties14
Medium of InstructionEnglish
Test Score acceptedTOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL, PTE, etc.
Students to Faculty Ratio23:1
Admission HelpdeskPhone: 403 210 7625

University of Calgary Admission Deadlines

The University of Calgary offers admission to International students only during Fall and Winter intakes. International applicants have leniency to apply a year before the start of the program as it takes up to six months to obtain a student permit to study in Canada depending on the applicants’ country.

The table shows the deadline date to submit the application and the documents to UCalgary:

Intake SessionApplication DeadlineSubmission of Documents
Fall(September 2020)March 1, 2020March 30, 2020
Winter(January 2021)July 1, 2020July 30, 2020

University of Calgary International Student Admission

International applicants who desire to complete their higher education in Canada at the University of Calgary will have to satisfy certain additional requirements like language, documents to gain admission at the university.

Admission Requirements

  • Certified copy of the current Passport
  • Official transcripts and certificates with evaluation reports(translated in English).
  • Portfolio/Essay based on course entry requirements (if applicable)
  • Financial/sponsorship documents
  • English Language Test Score (IELTS,TOEFL, etc.)
  • Health Certificate

English Language Requirements

All international applicants applying to study in Canada have to provide proof of English language proficiency to be eligible for admission at the University of Calgary.

Given below are the tests and the minimum score requirement that UCalgary accepts:

TestEducationNursingOther Programs
TOEFL iBT100 with a minimum of 27 in each sub-score92 with a minimum of 23 in each sub-score86
IELTS8.0 with no bands below a 7.07.0 with no bands below a 7.06.5
MELABAn overall score of 92 with a minimum score of 4- on the Speaking TestAn overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 3+ (3 plus) on the Speaking Test85

Some of the graduate programs might require a higher score in the English Proficiency tests. Applicants are advised to check the official course page.

Visa Requirements for International Students

International students who have been accepted by the University of Calgary and need to stay in Canada for more than 6 months are required to obtain a study permit to study in Canada and a temporary resident visa.

Documents Required

  • Letter of Admission Acceptance
  • Proof of Financial Support
  • A copy of valid passport
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • Specified application fee (billed in CND)
  • Medical exam
  • Biometrics

University of Calgary Undergraduate Admissions

The University of Calgary offers more than 110 majors at the undergraduate level leading to a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Art, Education, Engineering, Health Science, Law, Management, Science, Medicine, Social Sciences. UCalgary also offers various certification courses. The basic admission criteria for all the undergraduate programs are the same.

Apply Online: Official Application Portal

Application Fee: 110 USD

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submission of all official transcripts translated in English.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent (80%)
  • Minimum English language proficiency requirements
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • A personal essay
  • SAT Score(recommended)

University of Calgary Graduate Admissions

The University of Calgary offers more than 65 master’s degree, certification, and graduate diploma programs at the graduate level. The admission criteria and requirements for most of the degree programs remain the same.

Basic Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent in a relevant field of study
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system or equivalent

Where to Apply: Application Portal

Application Fee: 110 USD

Additional Requirements

  • Submission of all official transcripts translated in English.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letter of Recommendations(2 or 3)
  • A research proposal(for thesis-based Master’s programs)
  • A writing sample.
  • Test scores of standardized tests.
  • Proof of English Proficiency Requirements.

University of Calgary Admission Decision

At the University of Calgary, the admission decision is usually declared within 10-12 weeks after the application submission. All the applicants will be notified of their admission results through email.

Admission to Graduate Studies is considered relatively competitive and is not only based on the student’s GPA but also on his/her research interests, personal statement and experience.

Students must send all the official transcripts and documents directly to the admissions office at “Admissions and Recruitment, MB 117, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada

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