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The University of Calgary is a comprehensive research university, ranked one of Canada's top eight research universities and a member of the 15 most research-intensive universities in Canada (the U15), combining the best of long-established university traditions with the city of Calgary's vibrant energy and diversity.

Thousands of people have come from other countries and other cultures to make a new home in Calgary. Calgary has a large multicultural community with a wide variety of ethnic restaurants and supermarkets. Places of worship are available to accommodate all religious denominations, either on campus or within the city.


Calgarians are highly educated, ranking above the national average for post-secondary education. Calgary is rich in cultural, ethnic, and artistic activities with festivals, fairs, live music concerts, theatre, and sporting events that occur throughout the year. Each year the city celebrates its western heritage with the world-famous Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. Calgary ranks 33rd on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Worldwide Rankings, 2011.

As southern Alberta's economic and innovation powerhouse Calgary welcomes businesses and head offices from around the world allowing international business to flourish. As an international centre for business Calgary is a great place to generate business contacts in diverse industries.


Access to the Rocky Mountains is one of the city's most outstanding features. The famous town of Banff (a short 110 km drive west of Calgary), is the gateway to thousands of acres of natural parklands, superb scenery, and some of the best hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, fishing, boating, camping, and horseback riding in the world. The University of Calgary recognizes the uniqueness of our nearby wilderness by offering recreational programs for many of the outdoor activities that people enjoy in the Rockies.


Weather in Calgary can range from -30 degrees Celsius to +30 degrees Celsius. It can get very cold in the winter and hot and dry in the summer. Alberta receives more days of sunshine per year than any other province. You can count on sunshine all year round. The weather changes fast from day to day and hour to hour, so come prepared for anything.


The University of Calgary is located in the northwest section of the city, and is easily accessible by public transportation - bus or light rapid transit train (the C-Train). As part of the fee package, graduate students receive a public transit pass which provides unlimited access any time of the day or night, any day of the week. The excellent transportation system enables students to have a wide choice of accommodation in all parts of Calgary.

The city of Calgary is an excellent place to further your education and start your life.

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