University of Calgary Language English Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
In-Person
Duration:
Multi Term

About the Program

Alma mater to politicians, astronauts, and leaders in computer coding, the forward-looking University of Calgary’s extraordinary track record speaks for itself. Its 200-hectare campus is rich in state-of-the-art research facilities, support services, and opportunities to ensure you have everything you need to succeed as a student in one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Join a sports club, run for student council, or apply to be a peer helper

Calgary has one of the most extensive bike-way systems in North America

An hour from the majestic wilderness of Banff National Park

Explore National Parks and World Heritage Sites in easy reach of Calgary

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
English
Language Prerequisite Level:
None
Academic Level:
Undergraduate, Graduate
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies, Music, Film & Performing Arts
Housing:
Homestay
Visa Required:
Maybe

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WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Yuka Fukuhara

The University of Calgary is much larger than I had imagined—the cafeteria even has a Japanese food court. There's an ice skating rink, and loads of activities on campus.

University of Calgary SAF Alumni

Yuuka Fukuhara

About the University

University of Calgary

Alma mater to politicians and a prime minister, astronauts and leaders in computer coding, UCalgary hits well above its weight considering it was granted autonomy in 1966.

Calgary is a place where things happen and growth feels guaranteed. Transformation, evolution, and development are par for the course in the city as much as it is at the forward-looking university.

Calgary has one of the most extensive bike-way systems in North America and is just an hour from the majestic wilderness and nature of Banff National Park.

Learn more at University of Calgary's official website

Academics

University of Calgary's Academic Approach

For the first two weeks of the language course, you focus exclusively on oral fluency and confidence building as you immerse yourself in the Language and Culture Course. This also helps you familiarize you with your new home in accessible and outgoing Western Canada. 

Courses

You learn in classes appropriate to your proficiency and with an average class size of 16, there are ample opportunities for personal support.

Classroom Hours

You are in class between 20 and 25 hours each week.

  • 2-week Language and Culture program – 25 hours per week (50 hours in 2 weeks)
  • 13-week semester program – approximately 22 to 24  hours per week (275 hours in 13 weeks)

*SAF program fee tuition rate is based upon Presessional: 25 hours of language instruction per week and Language:   22 to 24 hours of language instruction per week. 

 

Language Levels

There are six levels, from high beginner to upper advanced, offered in 13-week terms (12 weeks of instruction and one week of exams).

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

There are no requirements to join this program.

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Summer 2022 + Fall 2022 + Winter 2023 + Spring 2023

Program dates:
Early September - Mid July
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
35,020

Summer 2022 + Fall 2022

Program dates:
Early September - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
17,720

Spring 2023 + Summer 2023

Program dates:
Early April - Late August
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
21,300

Spring 2023 + Summer 2023 + Fall 2023

Program dates:
Early April - Mid April
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:
$
31,030

Housing Information

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Homestay

The SAF homestay program fee covers a single bedroom with a local Canadian family. You enjoy three meals a day, which is the perfect opportunity to practice your language skills. You share the living space, kitchen, and laundry facilities.

The SAF program fee includes airport pick up and drop off and break-stay housing. It does not include early arrival accommodation.

About Calgary

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Why Calgary

One of the most livable cities in the world, Calgary has a spirit unlike any others: it's a place where things happen and growth feels guaranteed. Transformation, evolution, and development are par for the course in this entrepreneurial city, and the majestic wilderness and nature of Banff National Park is just an hour from the city limits.

Learn more about Calgary

The Student Experience

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Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests

Orientation

On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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