Arizona State University

Enjoy the Phoenix sun and study on one of five campuses of one of the largest universities in the United States.

Arizona State ranks No. 1 among the Most Innovative Schools in the US according to U.S. News and World Report, and in the top 150 universities worldwide (ARWU 2018).

Key information


Phoenix, AZ, USA




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2021-2022 applications

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022  
Priority Deadline: January 11, 2021

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2022-2023 applications

Open November 1, 2021

Program details

Arizona State University offers a variety of subjects. For details please consult the course catalog. Please use the most recent semester Class Search to narrow down the current offerings. 

International exchange students are eligible to enroll in any open classes for which they meet applicable prerequisites, with the exception of Course/Faculty Restrictions.

Exchange student must take a full-time course load which is 12-18 credits for undergraduate students. 

The Fall semester runs from August to December and the Spring semester runs from January to May. For details see the academic calendar

  1. Costs

    The total estimated living costs are 8,500 - 10,000 USD. For details please click here

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc. in your budget planning. ASU has a mandatory insurance fee of 1200-1800USD per semester. 

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office also administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

There are three types of housing options available at ASU. Students are encouraged to live on-campus in ASU residence halls. On-campus housing is NOT guaranteed for exchange students, and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis! Students should apply for on-campus housing immediately after they receive their official university acceptance. 

Alternatively students can also arrange their own accommodation off campus, either in apartments or homestays arranged through a recommended homestay company. 

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

 LGBTQ+ students: Out@ASU has resources and links to the Rainbow Coalition student group.

ASU also has a disability resource centre to support accessibility needs. 


ASU is on the List of Smoke Free Colleges and Universities. (2019)

ASU also has a buddy program called Global Guides.

ASU's semester runs from 11 January to 8 May 2021 (including final exams). 

Online courses at ASU are 100% online and asynchronous. Most courses are offered either in Session A (January through early March) or Session B (mid-March through early May). Students should first check here to make sure their desired area of study is offered at ASU. To search for courses, use this link:

  • When searching for courses, use the "Class Search" tab as it shows courses that are currently scheduled this semester, NOT the "Course Catalog Search".
  • Make sure to select the option "ASU Online Classes" in order to view courses that are taught online. 

A full-time courseload at ASU is 12-18 credits (typically 4-6 courses). However, virtual exchange students are allowed to take as little as 1-6 credits. You may take this in combination with UCalgary courses and will pay only UCalgary tuition fees. 

*Note: First-year UCalgary students are eligible to apply for this program!


Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.