UCalgary Global Online Exchange

UCalgary Global Online: UGo Exchange!

Virtual exchange opportunities for UCalgary students

The UGo Exchange program allows UCalgary students to study online at partner universities around the world. As a virtual exchange student, you will be able to choose from your host university's selection of online courses, participate in virtual events, and remotely interact with the local community.

You will also become a member of UCalgary's Global Online cohort, engaging not only with other UCalgary students participating in UGo programs but also international students from partner universities "attending" UCalgary on their own virtual programs. This will go on your co-curricular record.

The main difference is that virtual exchanges do not include physical travel to another country. (As long as UCalgary travel restrictions remain in place, travel is not permitted.) There will still be opportunities for you to connect with local students, professors, etc. at your host university through online platforms. 

You will not have to pay for travel insurance, student visas, or any other travel-related expenses. As a virtual exchange student, the only cost is your tuition, which will be paid to UCalgary at your normal tuition rate. You also remain eligible for all of your usual awards & scholarships. 

Virtual exchanges are only available through select UCalgary partner universities who offer this unique opportunity. These universities are listed below. The UCalgary Study Abroad advisors will add more universities to this list if any others become available for virtual exchanges.

It is also possible to do 2 or more virtual exchanges simultaneously, "mixing and matching" courses from multiple universities!

If you are a student who was previously nominated to a standard exchange program in the 2020/21 year, and your host university is not on this list, we encourage you to reach out to your exchange advisor to check whether you can complete your exchange virtually.

Please check the program page before applying and ensure that you meet all eligibility and application requirements. You can then fill out the online application for your desired program. 

In the "Course List" section of the application, please indicate whether you are seeking individual courses or a full semester courseload. Some universities may already publish a listing of their offered online courses, while others may not announce which courses they will offer until closer to the start of the semester. We encourage having some flexibility or back-up courses in mind.

Note: Reference letters are not required to apply for UGo exchange programs.


UGo Exchange Programs for Spring/Summer 2021

Munich biking

Application deadline: April 30

LMU Munich Summer Online

Join an online European Studies program at LMU, Germany's #1 university! Running from July 5-23, 2021, "Crisis and Power Shifts inside and outside of Europe" includes interactive lectures, debates, and group projects. It offers 6 ECTS (equivalent to 1 UCalgary course - 3 units) and a German language course for beginners is offered before the start of the program.

Lille

Application deadline: April 30

Sciences Po Lille Summer Online

Sciences Po Lille's summer school looks into challenges faced by the EU, encouraging student-led solutions to real-world issues, while offering a French language and cultural immersion program. The online summer program 2021 offers 12 ECTS (equivalent to 2 UCalgary courses - 6 units).

Leeds

Application deadline: April 30

Leeds Online International Summer School

Leeds offers courses in Arts and Humanities; Business; Engineering and Science; and Social Sciences. Take one course in each block and get credit for 1 UCalgary course. July 5-30, 2021

Exeter

Application deadline: April 30

Exeter International Summer school

Choose 1-2 courses from 10 offerings this summer during the program dates July 5-16, 2021.

Mexico

Application deadline: April 30

ITESM Virtual summer program

Choose from multiple courses taught in English or Spanish this summer including Spanish as a second language. June 30 - July 30, 2021

liverpool

Application deadline: April 30

Liverpool Virtual Summer school

There are two 3 week sessions on the online program, with 1 interdisciplinary course in each session. Students can choose to take one or both courses. June 14-July 2 and July 5-23, 2021.

Berlin skyline

Application deadline: April 30

TU Berlin Summer School

Join the TU Berlin Online Summer School and take courses like Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Desalination and Renewable Energies, Startup Crash Course, Space Mission Design, Foundations of Sustainable Thinking and many more. Three terms are offered over July and August. Students can get credit for 1-2 UCalgary courses. No reference letter required.

boat in Kowloon harbour

Application deadline: May 1

CUHK International Summer School (August session)

Study online with one of the top universities in Hong Kong! This is the last chance to apply for the 3-week August session at CUHK - an intensive Mandarin language program which will earn you credit for 2 UCalgary courses. CUHK also offers virtual cultural immersion activities throughout the summer.

HK gondola

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Hong Kong Polytechnic Summer School

HKPU's summer school is held from July 15 to August 20. Choose up to two classes in topics such as ethical leadership, light in the built environment, or Chinese pop culture. All students are welcome to apply, and Schulich students may be able to use some of the offered classes towards COST options.

Quito hill

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Universidad de San Francisco de Quito

Virtual exchange students at UFSQ can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is available in both English & Spanish; wide range of subjects - culture studies, biodiversity, sustainability, etc. UFSQ's "Spring 2" term is from mid-March to May 2021. *First year students are eligible!*

Stuttgart garden

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Stuttgart Summer University

The University of Stuttgart in Germany is offering their Summer program online this year from May-June (7 weeks). Students can take a beginners German class and chose one additional subject course taught in English (either Cross-Cultural Communication or International Business) and get credit for 2 UCalgary courses.

Berlin city view

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Freie Uni Berlin Summer Online

The program runs from May 29 - July 10 and offers German intensive and semi-intensive language courses at all levels as well as other courses across various subject areas, such as Europe, Migration, Refugees; Intercultural Competencies, History of European Art and more! Get credit for 1 UCalgary course. The program is free (full scholarship from FUB covering one subject course or one semi-intensive German course) and no tuition will be charged at UCalgary.

Chinese-style ship traversing Hong Kong strait

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CUHK International Summer School (July session)

Study online with one of the top universities in Hong Kong! The 5-week July session offers courses in international business, politics, Chinese medicine, digital communications, Cantonese, and more. Students can take 1 or 2 courses. CUHK also offers virtual cultural immersion activities throughout the summer.

Hamburg

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Hamburg International Summer School

Hamburg offers 3 summer schools in July 2021: Health Economics (evaluation/modeling, European health care system), Particles, Strings and Cosmology (incl. general relativity, quantum field theory), and Language Diversity (multilingualism, language diversity and development). Senior undergraduate and Master's students can participate and get credit for 1 UCalgary course.

Munich street

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LMU Munich Quantum Science & Technology Summer Program

The program runs from July 11-16 and offers an introduction to Quantum Science and Technology (QST) for selected bachelor students from all around the globe. Discuss cutting edge research in virtual 1:1 meetings with MCQST experts and at a student conference! This program is free, no course credit is offered and no tuition is charged at UCalgary. Students receive a certificate after successful participation.


UGo Exchange Programs for Fall 2021

 Massey - Wellington NZ pixabay Makalu

Application deadline: March 15

Massey University

Virtual exchange students at Massey must take a full-time courseload (4 courses at Massey transfers back as credit for 5 at UCalgary). Massey offers a range of topics in arts, science, business, and engineering, with unique options like Maori history, science fiction, aviation studies, etc. The semester runs from July to October 2021.

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Check back for updates on participating partner universities.

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More coming soon!

Check back for updates on participating partner universities.

Are you interested in doing a virtual exchange program?

View program page

The program page provides more details about your prospective host university, including important information such as available course subjects, language of instruction, and eligibility criteria. UGo-specific information is found at the bottom of the "Program details" drop-down menu. 

Contact the Study Abroad advisor

Please contact study.abroad@ucalgary.ca (or the specific advisor, which you can find listed on each program page) to let us know that you are interested in applying. Space may be limited on some programs, so it is best to reach out early!

Submit your online application

When filling out your online application, please write in the "Course List" section that you are applying for a virtual exchange, and whether you are seeking individual courses or a full semester courseload. This will help us properly evaluate your application. 

Apply now!

Past UGo Exchange Programs for Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Please note that the deadlines for these programs have all passed.
However, we expect some of these universities may offer virtual exchanges again in future semesters!

Verona - pixabay Reissaamme

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Università di Verona

Virtual exchange students at Verona can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is primarily in Italian. (Apply by Dec 20.)

Kansai cherry blossoms

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Kansai Gaidai University

Virtual exchange students at Kansai Gaidai can take one or two courses only. (Apply by Dec 3.)

Leeds Castle

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University of Leeds

Virtual exchange students at Leeds may take between 20-60 UK credits. Flexibility is important as online course availability is checked with each instructor.

Salford Quays credit Pixabay Patricia van den Berg

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University of Manchester

Faculty of Humanities courses, Psychology courses are all online and many in Biology too. (Apply by Dec 10.)

Sydney - credit Mudassir Ali, pexels

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Macquarie University

Virtual exchange students at Macquarie can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. (Apply by Dec 10.)

Mexico

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Tec de Monterrey / ITESM

Virtual exchange students at ITESM can take individual courses or a full courseload. Course instruction is available in both English & Spanish. (Apply by Dec 7.)

 Munich - pexels - Anastasia Shuraeva

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Virtual exchange students at LMU take 1 course in a special European Studies program. (Apply by Nov 30.) *First year students eligible to apply!

Tours uni garden

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Université François-Rabelais Tours

Virtual exchange students at Tours can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is available in both English & French. (Apply by Nov 30.)

perth beach

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University of Western Australia

Virtual exchange students at UWA can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. (Apply by Nov 30.)

Floralis in Buenos Aires - credit Pixabay Elluisx

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Universidad del Salvador

Virtual exchange students at USAL must take 4 courses. Course instruction is available in both Spanish & English. (Deadline extended to Nov 25.) *First year students eligible to apply!

Leeds

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University of Leeds

Virtual exchange students at Leeds can take individual courses or a full semester course load. (Apply by Nov 20.)

kent

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University of Kent

Virtual exchange students at Kent can take individual or a full semester course load. (Apply by Nov 20)

Wellington - credit pixabay Makalu

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Massey University

Virtual exchange students at Massey must take a full semester courseload. (Apply by Nov 15.) *First year students eligible to apply!

Rotterdam cube houses - credit Ben Kerckx pixabay

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

Virtual exchange students at EU Rotterdam can take minimum 2 courses. Course instruction is in English. (Apply by Nov 15.)

row of colourful houses on groningen waterfront - credit pixabay Zachtleven fotografie

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University of Groningen

Virtual exchange students at Groningen can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is in English. (Apply by Nov 15.)

Tamarama, Sydney shoreline - photo by Larry Snickers on pexels

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Western Sydney University

Virtual exchange students at WSU can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. (Apply by Oct 28.) *First year students eligible to apply!

Paris, France - photo by sami on pexels

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Sciences Po

Virtual exchange students at Sciences Po may be able to take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is available in both English & French. (Apply by Oct 28.)

Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, photo by usagi_post on Pixabay

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Korea University

Virtual exchange students at Korea University's International Winter Campus can take 1-3 courses. (Apply by Oct 29.)

dancers

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Universidad de Guadalajara

Virtual exchange students at Guadalajara can choose one or more from over 100 virtual courses. Course instruction is in Spanish. (Apply by Nov 11.)

Beijing - credit pexels Paulo Martins

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Beijing Normal University

Virtual exchange students at BNU can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is available in English and Chinese. (Apply by Oct 28.)

Arizona

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Arizona State University

Virtual exchange students at ASU can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. (Apply by Oct 14.) *First year students eligible to apply!

quito

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Universidad de San Francisco de Quito

Virtual exchange students at UFSQ can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is available both in Spanish and English. (Apply by Aug. 17 for "Fall 1" term & Oct. 1 for "Fall 2" term.)

Tours University Gardens

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Université François-Rabelais Tours

Virtual exchange students at Tours can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is primarily in French. (Apply by Sept 8.)

Dresden

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Technische Universität Dresden

Virtual exchange students at TU Dresden take one German language learning course. (Space is limited! Apply by Sept. 20.)

cologne

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University of Cologne - Haskayne only

Virtual exchange students at Cologne must take a full semester courseload. (Note: The semester at Cologne runs from November to January, so this program is best suited to students who do not plan to attend UCalgary Winter 2021. Apply ASAP.)

Salford Quays

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University of Manchester

Virtual exchange students at Manchester must take a full semester course load. There may still be synchronous teaching elements in some courses. (Deadline extended! Apply by July 29.)

Norwich Cathedral

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University of East Anglia

Virtual exchange students at East Anglia may be able to take individual courses or a full semester courseload.

Lima

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Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Perú

Virtual exchange students at PUCP can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is primarily in Spanish. (Apply by July 14.)

Newcastle

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Newcastle University

Virtual exchange students at Newcastle will complete the full semester online. Course details are noted on the program page under "Academic information". (Apply by Aug 5.)

Australia Spoonbill

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University of Adelaide

Virtual exchange students at Adelaide can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. (Note: The semester at Adelaide runs from mid-July to late November. Apply by July 8.)