Neurodiversity Immersive Campus Experience (NICE)

A four-day on-campus experience for incoming undergraduate students.

Get acquainted with campus life, supports and neurodiverse peers

Neurodiversity Immersive Campus Experience (NICE) Week is a free UCalgary initiative to help incoming first-year undergraduate students who self-identify as neurodiverse. This experience provides students with a supportive environment in their transition from high school to university.

Participating students will also be engaged in ongoing campus learning to provide sensory-friendly and supportive learning that benefits students’ learning needs and supports their wellbeing.

About NICE Week

Ten incoming students will be accepted to participate in four days of on-campus programming and workshops that will introduce them to life at university, other neurodiverse peers, helpful campus supports and programs and more. Students will live in residences during the week and will have the ability to explore the university on their own outside of the program hours (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • Be entering their first year of undergraduates studies, and
  • Be beginning studies in the fall of 2022, and
  • Self-identify as neurodiverse

When: Aug. 2 – 5, 2022

Where: UCalgary main campus

Contact information

Jess Lopez
Neurodiversity Support Advisor, Student Wellness Services

jess.lopez@ucalgary.ca 

Heather Thompson
Academic Strategist, Student Success Centre

heather.thompson1@ucalgary.ca

NICE Frequently Asked Questions

The program runs from Tuesday, August 02 – Friday, August 05.

Start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

No, the program is free and includes 3 meals a day and three overnight stays at the International House.

We have a limit of 10 students.

Students will be staying on campus at the University of Calgary in residence at the International House.

International House (IH) address is located at 169 University Gate NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Yes, each student will have their own room in residence at the International House. These are called single suites.

Each room has the following:

  • Room with queen bed, mattress, duvet, three sheets, two pillows, two pillow cases
  • Dresser, desk, chair
  • Housekeeping and linen service once a month
  • Mini-fridge, microwave and TV
  • Laundry in building
  • Internet included (Wi-Fi and LAN)
  • Utilities included (Water, power, and heat)
  • Secure building

Yes, there are rooms that have accessible showers designed with a barrier-free entrance and are located on the lower level for access to entrances.

Student will stay in residence for three nights (evening of Aug. 2, 3 and 4). They will participate in programming for four days (Aug. 2, 3, 4 and check out on the morning of Aug. 5).

Check-in is on Tuesday, August 2 at 9 a.m. Students should arrive at the University of Calgary’s International House residence.

The nearest parking is Lot 3, directly behind International House. It also has accessible parking spaces. Please note that there is an hourly rate to park.

More information: https://www.ucalgary.ca/ancillary/parking/parking-permits/find-parking

Yes, you will be provided three meals a day this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

No, however, a senior student peer will be staying in Residence alongside NICE Week participants. This student peer will be available to support attendees during programming and after-hours activities.

You can store your luggage with the International House front desk. Bags will be stored in a locked room.