UCalgary Global Online Exchange

UCalgary Global Online: UGo Exchange!

Virtual exchange opportunities for UCalgary students

 


What is a virtual exchange?

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.

How is it different from a standard exchange program?

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. 

Can I do a virtual exchange at any university?

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.

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.

How do I apply?

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 Winter 2021

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Western Sydney University

Virtual exchange students at WSU can take individual courses or a full semester courseload. (*Deadline extended!* Apply by Oct 28.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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Macquarie University

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

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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. (Apply by Jan 4.)

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Universidad del Salvador

Virtual exchange students at USAL must take a full semester courseload. Course instruction is available in both Spanish & English. (Apply by Oct 30.)

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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 Jan 11.)

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Massey University

Virtual exchange students at Massey must take a full semester courseload. (Apply by Nov 15.)

Leeds

University of Leeds

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

Mexico

Tec de Monterrey /ITESM

Virtual exchange students at ITESM can take individual courses or a full course load. (Apply by Dec 7)

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University of Kent

(Fall) Virtual exchange students at Kent can take individual or a full semester course load.

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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 28.)

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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.)

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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!

UGo Exchange Programs for Fall 2020

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!

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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Universidad del Salvador

Virtual exchange students at USAL may be able to take individual courses or a full semester courseload. Course instruction is available both in Spanish and English. (Apply by June 30.)

Wollongong coast

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University of Wollongong

Virtual exchange students at Wollongong must take a full semester courseload. (Note: The semester at Wollongong runs from mid-July to mid-November. Apply by July 1.)

Wellington NZ

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Massey University

Virtual exchange students at Massey must take a full semester courseload. (Note: The semester at Massey runs from early July to mid-November. Apply by July 1.)

Cherry Mountains

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Kansai Gaidai University

Virtual exchange students at Kansai Gaidai can take one or two courses only. Course details are noted on the program page under "Academic information". (Apply by July 14.)

Leeds

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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. (Apply ASAP.)

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Check back for updates on participating partner universities.