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If you’ve ever wanted to combine international travel with your engineering studies, the Schulich School of Engineering is the place for you. We offer a wide variety of opportunities for students to explore the world, experience a new culture and enrich their education.

Whether you’re looking for an exchange program, group study program or an international internship, you’ll find an opportunity that suits your goals and interests. For more information, visit the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad page and download the International Students Handbook (pdf).

International program options

Study abroad programs

A number of study abroad opportunities exist: group study programs, exchange, and visiting students.

Group Study Programs are University of Calgary courses taken at an offsite location. Tuition is paid to the University of Calgary, and an instructor from Calgary will accompany you and your classmates for one semester. The Schulich School of Engineering takes an annual study abroad trip to Greece (ENGG 407 and ENGG 393, a complementary studies option), China (for mechanical engineering students) and, in 2014, Switzerland (electrical engineering). There are also a number of Group Study Programs offered to all University of Calgary students.

Exchange programs

Exchange students are part of a balanced exchange program (by formal agreement) between the University of Calgary and another university. In this case, you pay your tuition to the University of Calgary and arrangements are made to bring a student from your host university to study here.

Visiting students

You can still study at another institution without participating in an exchange program or a study abroad program. As a visiting student, you are responsible for finding an institution you wish to attend, applying, and arranging your registration. This may be more expensive than a group study or exchange program, but is an option. You must obtain faculty permission to attend another institution as a visiting student.

Letter of permission

Whether you will be a Visiting Student at another institution or going out on an exchange, you will require a letter of permission from the Schulich School of Engineering allowing you to attend the other school; this letter specifies what courses you will take and what credit you will receive.

For the letter of permission to be approved and signed by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, it requires calendar and course content information from the other school. The student’s course requests are reviewed by the Associate Dean and usually by the Associate Head of the department as well. If you attend a university with a different academic system or schedule, you may find that your study sessions do not line up with those at the University of Calgary, or that course weights do not match with our half course / full course system.

When you have completed your courses, you must arrange for the host university to send your transcripts directly to the Registrar's Office at the University of Calgary. The transcript will be matched with the letter of permission and credit will be given in your record here at University of Calgary, providing you have taken approved courses and achieved a passing grade. Depending on your department, you may be asked to submit course material for transfer credit review upon your return (textbooks, notes, assignments, lab reports, and exams).

Foreign language courses

If you are interested in going on an exchange to learn another language, you should note that these courses will not transfer to the engineering program. They may, however, be taken with permission as courses extra to your degree, or as part of a joint degree program. Many universities offering course instruction in other languages also offer intensive programs for exchange and visiting students before the term starts.

Requirements

It is recommended that you have a GPA higher than 2.7 before considering going abroad to study, though we will consider requests if your GPA is lower provided you are in good standing. Some of the receiving schools have set academic standards and will not take students below a certain GPA level. For some programs, admission is competitive and achieving a certain GPA does not guarantee success.

If you are interested in international internship, study abroad or exchange, you should plan ahead. It may take several months to obtain appropriate immigration approval and visas. In addition, you may be able to use the flexibility of spring and summer courses to meet prerequisite requirements or to keep from getting off track in your degree program.

Exchange programs

University of Calgary students can gain international experience by taking courses at a university in another country with permission or by making arrangements for an international work placement as part of an internship program.

The Schulich School of Engineering administers a limited number of academic exchanges, though students are also eligible to participate in exchange and study abroad opportunities through the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad. In addition, civil engineering has a number of exchanges with universities such as Graz in Austria, Stuttgart in Germany and several British universities.

The Engineering Internship Office regularly places approximately 10 percent of participating students with companies in Europe, Asia and the United States. Some students arrange their own international internship placement through personal contacts. Students can also arrange an exchange or study abroad opportunity through the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad (CISSA).

Find out more

Visit the Internship Program page for information on international internships.

Statement of interest

Download the statement of interest form.

Contacts

Dr. Shelly Lissel (currently on leave)
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Phone: 403-220-3513
E-mail: sllissel@ucalgary.ca

Kristal Turner
Student Advisor, International Admissions, Engineering Student Centre
Phone: 403-220-7966
E-mail: turnerk@ucalgary.ca

Group Study Programs

Imagine travelling to China to learn about renewable energy or getting a new perspective on history and math theory in Greece — these are just some of the opportunities engineering students have experienced through the University of Calgary’s Group Study Programs (GSPs).

A GSP gives you the chance to visit a different part of the world, experience its culture and receive course credits at the same time. The programs are led by University of Calgary faculty and range in length from one week to two semesters.

Experience a world of opportunity

Group study options and destinations change every year, so visit the program page to see which opportunities are currently available for engineering students.

Contact us

Centre for International Students and Study Abroad

Room 275, MacEwan Student Centre
Phone: 403-220-8922
Fax: 403-210-3869

Email: group.study@ucalgary.ca

International program options

Study abroad programs

A number of study abroad opportunities exist: group study programs, exchange, and visiting students.

Group Study Programs are University of Calgary courses taken at an offsite location. Tuition is paid to the University of Calgary, and an instructor from Calgary will accompany you and your classmates for one semester. The Schulich School of Engineering takes an annual study abroad trip to Greece (ENGG 407 and ENGG 393, a complementary studies option), China (for mechanical engineering students) and, in 2014, Switzerland (electrical engineering). There are also a number of Group Study Programs offered to all University of Calgary students.

Exchange programs

Exchange students are part of a balanced exchange program (by formal agreement) between the University of Calgary and another university. In this case, you pay your tuition to the University of Calgary and arrangements are made to bring a student from your host university to study here.

Visiting students

You can still study at another institution without participating in an exchange program or a study abroad program. As a visiting student, you are responsible for finding an institution you wish to attend, applying, and arranging your registration. This may be more expensive than a group study or exchange program, but is an option. You must obtain faculty permission to attend another institution as a visiting student.

Letter of permission

Whether you will be a Visiting Student at another institution or going out on an exchange, you will require a letter of permission from the Schulich School of Engineering allowing you to attend the other school; this letter specifies what courses you will take and what credit you will receive.

For the letter of permission to be approved and signed by the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, it requires calendar and course content information from the other school. The student’s course requests are reviewed by the Associate Dean and usually by the Associate Head of the department as well. If you attend a university with a different academic system or schedule, you may find that your study sessions do not line up with those at the University of Calgary, or that course weights do not match with our half course / full course system.

When you have completed your courses, you must arrange for the host university to send your transcripts directly to the Registrar's Office at the University of Calgary. The transcript will be matched with the letter of permission and credit will be given in your record here at University of Calgary, providing you have taken approved courses and achieved a passing grade. Depending on your department, you may be asked to submit course material for transfer credit review upon your return (textbooks, notes, assignments, lab reports, and exams).

Foreign language courses

If you are interested in going on an exchange to learn another language, you should note that these courses will not transfer to the engineering program. They may, however, be taken with permission as courses extra to your degree, or as part of a joint degree program. Many universities offering course instruction in other languages also offer intensive programs for exchange and visiting students before the term starts.

Requirements

It is recommended that you have a GPA higher than 2.7 before considering going abroad to study, though we will consider requests if your GPA is lower provided you are in good standing. Some of the receiving schools have set academic standards and will not take students below a certain GPA level. For some programs, admission is competitive and achieving a certain GPA does not guarantee success.

If you are interested in international internship, study abroad or exchange, you should plan ahead. It may take several months to obtain appropriate immigration approval and visas. In addition, you may be able to use the flexibility of spring and summer courses to meet prerequisite requirements or to keep from getting off track in your degree program.

Exchange programs

University of Calgary students can gain international experience by taking courses at a university in another country with permission or by making arrangements for an international work placement as part of an internship program.

The Schulich School of Engineering administers a limited number of academic exchanges, though students are also eligible to participate in exchange and study abroad opportunities through the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad. In addition, civil engineering has a number of exchanges with universities such as Graz in Austria, Stuttgart in Germany and several British universities.

The Engineering Internship Office regularly places approximately 10 percent of participating students with companies in Europe, Asia and the United States. Some students arrange their own international internship placement through personal contacts. Students can also arrange an exchange or study abroad opportunity through the Centre for International Students and Study Abroad (CISSA).

Find out more

Visit the Internship Program page for information on international internships.

Statement of interest

Download the statement of interest form.

Contacts

Dr. Shelly Lissel (currently on leave)
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Phone: 403-220-3513
E-mail: sllissel@ucalgary.ca

Kristal Turner
Student Advisor, International Admissions, Engineering Student Centre
Phone: 403-220-7966
E-mail: turnerk@ucalgary.ca

Group Study Programs

Imagine travelling to China to learn about renewable energy or getting a new perspective on history and math theory in Greece — these are just some of the opportunities engineering students have experienced through the University of Calgary’s Group Study Programs (GSPs).

A GSP gives you the chance to visit a different part of the world, experience its culture and receive course credits at the same time. The programs are led by University of Calgary faculty and range in length from one week to two semesters.

Experience a world of opportunity

Group study options and destinations change every year, so visit the program page to see which opportunities are currently available for engineering students.

Contact us

Centre for International Students and Study Abroad

Room 275, MacEwan Student Centre
Phone: 403-220-8922
Fax: 403-210-3869

Email: group.study@ucalgary.ca