Campus Life

The University of Calgary is a comprehensive research university, ranked one of Canada’s top seven 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.

We encourage students to get involved in both the campus and Calgary community. Resources are available at the University of Calgary to help you succeed through every phase of your graduate student experience. 

Graduate Student Orientation

All newly admitted graduate students are invited to attend Graduate Student Orientation put on by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students’ Association, and Leadership and Student Engagement. 

Orientation is designed to assist you with your transition to graduate studies at the University of Calgary. 

Graduate Science Education New Student Orientation

When's the next orientation?

Student Associations

At the Foothills Campus, the Council of Foothills Departmental Graduate Associations (CFD) organizes regular student events, trips, and the weekly TGIF social on Friday afternoons. There are many opportunities to get involved with the CFD or your own program's graduate student association. 

Learn more about the CFD

Calgary - City Life

Calgary is one of the safest, friendliest and cleanest cities in the world. With a booming job market, entrepreneurial spirit, and dynamic arts and cultural scene, there is something for you here. 

What can Calgary offer?

Campus Culture

With a young vibrant campus community, discover our unforgettable celebrations and events, top-notch recreation facilities, extensive student services and endless opportunities to meet new people.

Learn more about UCalgary

Athletics & Recreation

Stay fit all year long and access a wide range of world-class recreational facilities through the Health and Recreation Centre. If you prefer to work out at the Foothills, the Kinetix Wellness Centre, located in the TRW building, also offers student memberships. 

The Foothills Wellness Committee also organizes regular exercise classes in the HRIC atrium. See their event calendar for more information. 

Mentorship Coordination & Career Advice

At some point during their time at university, all graduate students will have to make a choice: career or academe. The Graduate Students’ Association Employer Liaison can help you find success on which ever pathway you may choose—whether you’re seeking a mentor to help you reach your career goals or you just need career advice. 

Counselling Services

Jeff Vander Werf M.Sc., R.Psych, a counsellor from main campus is taking appointments on Friday afternoons from 1-3 in HSC G740.

Contact Johanna Holm jholm@ucalgary.ca or 403-220-4357 to book your appointment.

Some of the main reasons students seek his support are:

1. Relationship Concerns  
2. Anxiety/Stress  
3. Depression/Grief  
4. Academic Concerns  
5. Career Concerns

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Graduate Student Housing Resources

Job Shadowing / Observerships

Job shadowing is designed to expose students and fellows to clinical practice settings and can be very valuable to those conducting health-related research.  This program is meant to bridge the realms of basic science and medical practice. It provides exposure to the clinical practices relating to diseases that students may be researching. Often a few hours of experience can crystallize concepts and realign research goals or procedures. 

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