UCalgary Global Online (UGo) Groups

UGo Groups Programs for Spring/Summer 2021


Closed - Full

Japanese Language and Culture

Discover virtually all that Japan has to offer! From delicious ramen and sashimi, to the coexistence of cutting-edge technology and rich cultural tradition.


Closed - Full

Community Health Engagement Virtual Field Experience & Group Study – Uganda

This virtual program will provide you with the opportunity to experience to work alongside the Healthy Child Uganda team, local communities, and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) faculty and students to gain exposure and cross cultural engagement on the theme “The Structural Determinants of Health in the era of COVID-19”.


Closed - Full

Greece & Italy: Ancient Civilizations, Urbanization, and Environment

Virtually explore ancient and modern urban environments in a variety of locations in Italy and Greece. This interdisciplinary program will also explore the challenges for creating more sustainable tourism.


Closed - Full

Artificial Intelligence for Public Health Seattle

Students in this UGo Group will participate virtually in the Data Science for Social Good program at University of Washington’s eScience Institute in Seattle.


Closed - Full

Community and Sustainable Development in Nepal

This program set in Nepal uses virtual experiential activities designed to develop an understanding of key social and community development issues impacting the country.

Photo by Carlos de Miguel, Unsplash

Closed - Full

Spanish Culture and Society with Universidad de Málaga

This exciting new program will be offered in collaboration with the Universidad de Málaga. By participating in this program, students will learn about both contemporary Spanish culture and society while further develop their Spanish language skills at a senior level. The program will be offered as a virtual group program where students will have the ability to collaborate as a cohort of students. All coursework will be conducted online.

What is the difference between UGo Groups and regular online courses?

You are part of a group 

Throughout the course of this program, you will be working in a cohort with your classmates and professors. You will be taking all of your courses online together for the duration of the program. This will ensure continuity of ideas, group dynamics, program themes, and schedules. 

The course content is linked 

These programs are designed around a theme and so the content from the courses included are intertwined and can be used to inform assignments in more than one course. This means that you will have a more immersive and deep experience than you would if you were to take two or three separate courses this Spring or Summer.

International partnerships

By participating in these programs, you have the potential to develop your international network by working on projects and assignments with students from our partner institutions and organizations or companies affiliated with the course. This will help you to develop your intercultural skills, increase your self-awareness within the program discipline, and make academic and professional connections in other parts of the world. 

Small class sizes

Your class will be limited to between 10-20 students. This means that you will have an increase in discussions, more face-to-face interactions with your peers and professors, and more guidance from your professors.

All programs are affiliated with Global Learning outcomes

On top of the in-class benefits, you will join a growing group of students who participate in virtual global learning programs. This means that these programs are aligned with the UCalgary International Strategy and Intercultural Competency Development plan. We will be offering support through your group study program advisors and optional supplementary programming to help you achieve your global learning goals.  

More Questions?

For program information, please reference the UGo Groups program pages.

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at group.study@ucalgary.ca

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 faculties may already be offering a listing of their online UGo Groups Programs, while others may not announce which courses they will offer until closer to the start of the semester. We encourage you all to have some flexibility or back-up programs in mind.

Note: Reference letters are not required to apply for UGo Groups Programs.

How much do these programs cost?

Unless otherwise specified, the only costs associated with this program are the tuition and fees affiliated with for-credit courses on campus. For more information on Spring/Summer 2021 tuition, please view the Tuition and General Fees section of the UCalgary 2020/2021 Academic Calendar.

Also, be sure to check out our Funding page with many options for awards offered by organizations and departments associated with the University of Calgary and our International programs.

UGo Groups Information Sessions

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing group.study@ucalgary.ca or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

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

Find your academic advisor

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.