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Brief Background 

The University of Calgary is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It started in 1944 as a part of the University of Alberta which was founded in 1908 and then went on to become an autonomous university in 1966. The University of Calgary employs a research-centric environment at both teaching and learning levels that gives an edge to Calgary over the other universities. It works with the aim to create a global space by encouraging diverse cultures to drive the learning experience in the university. It strives to provide overall development of the students by providing them with services and programs related to sports and recreational activities. It has under its wing 13 schools including Cumming School of Medicine, Faculty of Arts, Haskayne School of Business and Schulich School of Engineering, to name a few. It expands into five campuses, namely Main Campus, Foothills Campus, Downtown Campus and Spy Hill Campus.


The University of Calgary has a wide variety of advanced learning facilities some of which are Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning, Energy Environmental Experiential Learning building, Taylor Family Digital Library, Heritage Medical Research Building, and Rothney Astronomical Observatory Lab. The Taylor Family Digital Library is a six-storey building which is open for access not just to the students or faculty of the university but anyone with the Alberta Library card. Along with the library, it also houses other resource-acquiring facilities such as the Canadian Architectural Archives, Fine Arts and Visual Resource and The Military Museums Library and Archives. Aside from the academic facilities, it also includes University of Calgary Aquatic Centre, Fitness and Lifestyle Centre and Dance Studio.

Residing Options  

The university provides on-campus housing options for both students and faculty. It has been noted that a total of 2500 to 3000 students and faculty members reside on campus. The housing options include Rundle Hall and Kananaskis Hall, which are only for undergraduate students; Glacier and Olympus Hall, for the upper-year students; Yamnuska Hall, for sophomore student, which also includes fast-food facilities such as Starbucks, Domino's Pizza and Subway; Aurora Hall, for the upper-year students; Crowsnest Hall, for professional and graduate students; Varsity Courts is specifically for family housing; Hotel Alma, which belongs to the university, is especially constructed to accommodate guests and visiting professors. For the first years, the accommodation fees from the month of  September to April range from $7,999 to $11,299 inclusive of meal plans. Depending upon the choice of single, double-room, studio, or four-bedroom accommodation, the fees range from $5,893 to $8,369 for the non-first years. 

Financial Aid 

The University of Calgary offers a standard high-school level scholarship, which is the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, however, it is only available for students who are the citizens of Canada. Along with this, the university through the Schulich Leader Scholarship program awards one $80,000.00 scholarship to a student enrolling in the Schulich School of Engineering and one $60,000.00 scholarship to a student enrolling in a Science, Technology or Mathematics program. The O'Brien Centre Continuing Scholarship is available for students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program and are balancing their academics along with extra-curricular activities. The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship is valued at $10,000 at the Master's level and $15,000 at the PhD level.

Jobs and Placements  

The students of the University of Calgary have rated four out of five stars for job satisfaction on Payscale. The university hosts career workshops for both the students as well as alumni. It also provides students with a number of career support opportunities such as the chance to consult a career advisor for a selection interview, cover letter and resume review, career planning and exploration, mock interviews etc. The university also follows ‘Wellness Wednesday’ which holds career sessions and workshops for students to explore potential internships and employment areas. It also has options for employers to collaborate with the university to arrange opportunities that will benefit both the employer as well as the students. Some of the popular recruiters for the university are University of Calgary; Canadian Natural Resources Limited; ATB Financials; Enbridge Pipelines Inc.; and Calgary Board of Education. 


The University of Calgary spreads at a generous 490 acres. Its main campus along with three other campuses are scattered across the Calgary, Alberta, region with the fifth located in Doha, Qatar. The university can be accessed through transports such as buses and light rails wherein the Transit Route maps are available at various Calgary Public Libraries or at the Calgary Transit Customer Service Centre. Students can purchase transit tickets such as the U-pass which allows unlimited public transit for the semester. Students can also take a monthly transit pass. The cash fares for transit tickets are $3.40 for adults and $2.35 for children age 6 to 17 years. The tickets are for purchase at various locations in Calgary, including the Stor on campus, or the Calgary Transit Customer Service Center. Those who wish to take a taxi to the university ought to be mindful of certain things such as the cab fare is determined by the meter and not by the driver, tips are optional, students can get to know the estimate of the fare when they call prior to dispatch, most taxi drivers also accept debit and credit card, taxis are available 24/7 (however during holidays and peak hours, it may get difficult to board one overall) and cabs are a slightly more expensive means to travel than bus or rail. Suggested taxi companies in Calgary are Associated Cab, Checker Cabs, Calgary United Cabs, Mayfair Taxi and Delta Cab Ltd.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary strives towards training students in skills and techniques which will help them to effectively handle situations in a pragmatic manner. The department focuses on a theoretical as well as application-based manner of learning. In the Undergraduate program, it offers BSc in Chemical Engineering, BSc Oil and Gas Engineering and Bsc Energy Engineering, while under its graduate program, it offers MEng courses with the options of thesis, or course-based masters cohort program and MSc. The thesis-based option has less number of courses to make space for the thesis, and its areas of focus are closer to Industrial problems. This course is for a minimum of two years  full-time and maximum of four years. The course-based option offers the liberty to students to either opt for part- or full-time option. It requires 10 courses inclusive of six courses from the area of specialization. The course-based masters cohort program requires a minimum of ten courses: four core Engineering courses and six Petroleum Engineering courses. The MSc is for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years and requires three to five courses, depending on the specialization selected by the students. The department houses a total of 480 graduate students and 550 undergraduate students along with 43 full-time faculty who are the recipients of awards such as U Make A Difference Award, Zi Qiang Professorship Award, Governor General's Gold Medal and SSE Teaching Achievement Award  among many others. The department has six Laboratories, namely, Analytical Chemistry Laboratories, ENCANA Hydrocarbon Production Laboratory, Gas Hydrates Laboratory, Environmental Engineering Laboratories, Asphaltenes and Emulsions Laboratory and Advanced Materials Laboratories. Along with laboratories, the department also has Reservoir Simulation and Visualization, Porous Media Imaging Facilities and Pharmaceutical Production Research Facility which conduct in-depth study in their respective areas. The department’s chief areas of expertise include Development and analysis of chemical processes and novel materials, Biomedical engineering, Petroleum engineering, Energy and environmental engineering and Thermodynamics and phase behaviour to name a few.

Civil Engineering 

The Civil Engineering Department at Schulich School of Engineering aims at combining both the traditional and contemporary roles of the emerging civil professional by covering areas such as structural engineering and transportation system. It offers BSc in Civil Engineering as a part of its undergraduate program and MS (thesis-based), MENg (course-based) and (thesis-based), PhD degree under its graduate program. MS (thesis-based), which is for a  minimum of two years and a maximum of four years, offers students with various sub disciplines to specialize in including Bituminous Materials, Materials Engineering, Structures and Solid Mechanics, Water Resources, etc. Additionally, students also have to write a corresponding thesis. It requires a minimum of four courses and two professional development seminars. The PhD program is a minimum of three to four years and a maximum of six years. It requires a minimum of two courses and two professional development seminars. The department houses a total of seven laboratories, namely, Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Structures Labs, Road Safety Research Lab and Asphalt Lab, Biomedical/biomechanical Engineering Research Lab, Pipeline Geotechnical Engineering Research Lab and Conventional/Unconventional Hydrocarbon Characterization and Processing Lab. The department has a total of 25 full-time faculty along with adjuncts including winners of Killam Emerging Research Leader Award, C. T. Grimm Award, Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation Biomedical Research Award, Shell Share Performance Award. Some of them have publications to their names in prestigious journals. The department’s main areas of expertise include Biosystems and biomedical engineering, Engineering for the environment and energy engineering. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering 

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides programmes on various disciplines within the ambit of electrical and software discourse. It also attempts to include the modern advancements in the field so as to offer the students with fresh perspectives in approaching the courses. The courses offered by the department are BSc in Electrical Engineering and BSc in Software Engineering in its undergraduate program and MEng, MEng (thesis), MEng (Soft), MSc and PhD degrees in its graduate program. The MEng (thesis-based) program requires a minimum of four to seven courses along with three other courses from specialization options. It has the option of both part as well as full-time availability on the basis of commitment. MEng Soft is an eight-month to one-year program which requires a minimum of 10 courses and a maximum of 13 courses plus one design project. The MSc program requires four to seven courses along with three others from the specialization areas. The PhD program has a minimum requirement of two to five courses. Its duration is a minimum of three years and a maximum of six years. The Department has a total of 29 laboratories for various research purposes some of which are Wireless Networking Research Laboratory, Digital Signal Processing Research Laboratory, Anechoic Research Laboratory, Multimedia Signal Processing Research Laboratory, Software Performance Laboratory. There are a total of 42 full-time working faculty in the department along with a large number of adjunct professors. The faculty includes winners of 2018 FGS GREAT Supervisor Award, Teaching Excellence Award, EEE Software best paper award, Chancellor David B. Smith Gold Medal in Engineering to name a few. Some of the department’s primary areas of expertise include Power- and energy-control systems, Communications systems, Micro/nanotechnology systems, Bioengineering solutions. 

Geomatics Department

The Department of Geomatics Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering prepares students for careers in a sizeable number of areas such as surveying, mining, oil and gas, software development, computer graphics, public utilities to name a few. It aspires to equip the students with the knowledge of the "Internet of Things" by providing them with opportunities to work with technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous robots, and technologies for 3D imaging, remote sensing, satellite navigation, etc. It offers BSc in Geomatics Engineering for the undergraduate program and MEng, MSc and PhD for the graduate program. MEng program requires a minimum of 10 courses and a minimum duration of 12 to 16 months or maximum 6 years. MSc is a two-year program which can also extend to four years and requires Four courses and a Professional Development Seminar. The PhD program requires three courses and a Professional Development Seminar. It trains the students through an overall learning process including fieldwork, lab experiments and computer modelling. It has a total of 5 labs, namely, Navigation Laboratory, Geospatial Vision Metrology Laboratory, Geomatics Multi-Sensor Systems Lab, Micro-Gravimetry Lab and F Block Observatory. The department has a total of 18 full-time working faculty who are the recipients of renowned awards such as the Royal Institute of Navigation Michael Richey Medal, 3E Learning Award, Talbert Abrams Award, Google Research Award among many others and fellowships and have publications in eminent journals to their names. It has a 27:1 student-instructor ratio, and aside from labs, it also has Geomatics Survey Stores which houses all forms of equipment for fieldwork; Geomatics Computing Design Studio, which is the central hub for the undergraduate computing exercises; and CCIT Antenna Array, which is used for GNSS acquisition, tracking, positioning and error research. Some of the department’s main areas of expertise include Digital imaging systems, GIScience and Land Tenure, Geodesy, Remote Sensing and Earth Observation and Positioning, Navigation and Wireless Location. 

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 

The department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Schulich School of Engineering accommodates a total of 220 graduate students and 770 undergraduate students. The department works towards expanding the field of mechanical and manufacturing engineering by including biomedical engineering automation and robotics and instructing students in designing power-producing machines. The department offers BSc in Mechanical Engineering and BSc in Energy Engineering in the undergraduate program, while the graduate program includes MEng (thesis-based), MEng (course-based), MSc and PhD degrees.MEng (thesis-based)  requires five courses along with a conference presentation and is for a  minimum of two years and a maximum of four years, while MEng (course-based) is a one-year program with a minimum of 10 courses. MSc is a two-year program. The PhD program requires a minimum of two courses with a conference presentation. It’s for a minimum of three years and maximum of six. It has a surplus of 12 labs, some of them being Multiphase Flow Research Laboratory, Laboratory for Engineering Materials, Micro/Nano-Machining Laboratory, Nanotribology Lab. The department’s board of faculties is an agglomeration of 37 faculty members inclusive of Professors, Associate/Assistant Professors, Senior Instructors/Instructors and adjuncts as well as six research chairs. Most of the faculty members are authors of books and have published their works in renowned journals while being recipients of awards such as Departmental Research Excellence Award, SSE Research Achievement Award,  Killam Emerging Research Leader Award among many others. The department also has a Computational Fluid and Structural Mechanics group which in collaboration with various other academic groups works towards the challenges in renewable energy, aerospace and marine engineering areas. Some of the department's areas of expertise include Aerospace, Health systems engineering, Renewable and sustainable energy, Machine dynamics. 

Pure Sciences  

  1. The University of Calgary also offers programmes in pure sciences.
  2. The department of biological science offers programs on Biochemistry, Botany, Cellular, Molecular & Microbial Biology, Ecology, Zoology.
  3. The department of chemistry offers programs in Chemistry (Honours) and alos runs research units such as the Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.
  4. The department of Computer Science employs the project TeleSim alongside research units including Networks Research Group, Programming Languages Lab, Software Engineering Decision Support Laboratory, Spatial Analysis and Research in Computational Science, uTouch, Video and Motion Analysis Laboratory to name a few.
  5. The department of Physics and Astronomy offers programs in Astrophysics, Chemical Physics (Honours only), Physics and has research units such as the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory.
  6. The department of Mathematics and Statistics offers programs in Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, General Mathematics, Math Combined Programs, Minor Programs, Pure Mathematics, Statistics while employing various research units, clubs and projects on the said field.
  7. The Department of Geoscience offers programs in Applied & Environmental Geology, Geology, Geophysics. 
Annual fees for Indians $12,695
Annual off-campus living $5,200
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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