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Experience Matters

At UCalgary, hands-on learning opportunities are endless.

The path to where I am today was completely unexpected. There was a period where I felt that I didn’t have a lot going for me. I decided to open myself to new possibilities and say yes to whatever opportunities came my way, even if they were out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I did.

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Saskia Mae-Livingstone

Bachelor of Arts, Law and Society, 2021

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Learning beyond the classroom

At UCalgary, learning is not just lectures and essays, it's experiential learning in the classroom and beyond. It's real-world scenarios in work placements, internships, practicums and co-ops. There's experiential learning in the classroom, too, such as labs, creative activities, and classes that let you explore through practical projects and research.

Experiential learning helps you build your resume, explore career options and sets you on a path to success.


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Work-integrated learning

Learning on the job is a great way to integrate what you learn in class with real-world situations and gain practical and professional skills. Your program may include an internship, co-op or practicum opportunity, or you can take a class like UNIV 304 to incorporate work-integrated learning into your degree.

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Undergraduate research

As a top research institute, undergraduate research is an important part of UCalgary culture. Through exceptional initiatives like the Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE), you can gain funding to conduct your very own research project with an on-campus mentor.

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Neurodiverse students

UCalgary wants to support all students as they explore work-integrated learning opportunities. With support from The Sinneave Family Foundation, we are ensuring neurodiverse students thrive in practicums, internships, co-ops and beyond.


Experiential learning across campus

Explore research design and the Canadian Rockies at 2024 Rocky Mountain Methodology Academy

Take your research to new heights with the RMMA’s two-day course series and a picturesque Banff visit

Alumni nurture next generation of veterinarians, foster connections that last a lifetime

4th-years gain hands-on experience working with small and large animals through Distributed Veterinary Learning Community

Haskayne’s graduate programs offer solutions to help professionals adapt to ever-changing workforce

Open house Feb. 24 gives prospective students the chance to explore the benefits of graduate business education

Outstanding 2023 arts co-op participants recognized for work term excellence

Employers praise students’ leadership, professionalism, and creativity

Capturing global moments: UCalgary's international photo contest gives glimpse into study abroad experiences

See how UCalgary students made the world their classroom at annual photo exhibit in MacEwan Student Centre north courtyard Feb. 13 and 15

Schulich expands its internship excellence to Master of Engineering program

Unique program offers full-time paid internships with companies across Canada