Inbound Exchange to Mount Royal University
Mount Royal University welcomes students from around the world to study at our state of the art Lincoln Park Campus, with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. We are certain that our reputation for excellence in teaching and learning, as well as our multinational and multicultural diversity will enrich your Mount Royal experience and offer an unforgettable study abroad experience.
Why choose Mount Royal University for your exchange semester?
From the classroom to the Rocky Mountains, Mount Royal University can provide an exciting, enriching, and well rounded exchange experience for everyone! Studying abroad is all about connecting with new people, exchanging ideas, and trying new things. We provide plenty of opportunities for these experiences.
- Connect with Canadian and international students in our International Student Support Centre (ISSC), the vibrant hub of the international community at Mount Royal University. The ISSC is a space on campus that is open to all students to hang out, study, and exchange cultures, languages, and stories.
- Try a new sport, like rock climbing or bubble soccer, at Recreation. From drop in fitness classes to intramural sports teams, Rec has something for everyone.
- Study with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains or cozy up with a book next to the fireplace in our new Riddell Library and Learning Centre.
- Feel the energy and school spirit as you cheer on the Cougars with us at a home game.
- Exercise your creativity and experiment with new tools and technologies, ranging from sewing machines to 3D printers, in the Maker Studio located inside the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.
- Experience the world renowned Rocky Mountains with your new friends from all over the world.
- Connect with Mount Royal University students through the Student Association of Mount Royal University's many clubs and learn about what they love to do outside of school.
- Maximize your academic experience by engaging with professors in our small classes.
A snapshot of a semester at Mount Royal University
Supports for exchange students at Mount Royal University
As soon as you arrive on campus you will see how welcoming and supportive the Mount Royal community is. Studying abroad is exciting and should push you out of your comfort zone. In addition to the International Education office, Mount Royal University offers a wide variety of supports for students to excel both academically and personally.
- Student Learning Services provides a variety of workshops and programs to help you excel in the classroom. You can book one on one appointments to discuss writing assignments and strategies fro academic success. The Learning Peer program also provides a great opportunity for you to discuss specific course content with students who have already taken the course. Their free workshops offer the opportunity for you to enhance your studying and learning, reading, writing, presenting, and referencing skills.
- Accessibility Services are here to support students who receive accommodations at their home universities. Additionally, they can assist you if you are injured during the semester and require assistance to write your exams.
- Small class sizes mean that you get a chance to ask questions in class and book individual meetings with your professors outside of class.
- Wellness Services is here to take care of a broad range of your health and wellness needs, ranging from a drop in appointment with a doctor in the clinic to a session with a counsellor.
- The International Student Support Centre is a vibrant hub for the international community at Mount Royal University. It is staffed by volunteers who are happy to answer all of your questions about Mount Royal University and life in Calgary.
- Residence provides a welcoming and supportive community for students. Each student is assigned a Residence Advisor who can answer questions and provide assistance.
- Recreation offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to maintain their fitness while at Mount Royal University. From the climbing wall to the pool to the weight room, there is something for everyone at every skill level. The best part is that access to recreation is free for you as a student!
- Security Services ensures that students feel safe on campus. Their SAFEWALK program means that after a late night of studying at the library, you don't have to walk back to residence alone.
- Student Association of Mount Royal University offers a wide variety of programs and services for Mount Royal University students including clubs, peer support centre, free breakfast, spaces to hang out, an assortment of on campus food options, and much more!
Hear from students who have spent a semester at Mount Royal University
To learn more about why you should choose Mount Royal University, visit Why MRU?
How to apply for an exchange at Mount Royal University
We accept exchange students from all our partner institutions, including our bilateral partners and CONAHEC partners.
See a list of all of our partner institutions here:
If you are interested in coming to Mount Royal University for an exchange semester, follow these steps to begin the application process:
- Visit your study abroad office at your home University and find out how to apply to your home University study abroad program.
- Your home University will nominate you for exchange to MRU through our nomination process (see Nominate a student above).
- The Mount Royal University Exchange Programs Coordinator will confirm the nomination with the Partner and send the student the formal application package with details via email.
- Submit all required and supplementary documents by the specified deadline. Documents can be scanned and sent via email. Required documents include:
- English Proficiency
- Letter of Recommendation
- Exchange Application completed
- Current transcripts
Note: If documents are not received on time the student may need to defer their exchange to the following semester.
Information to help you plan your exchange to Mount Royal University
|Exchange Program Fee (non-refundable) - payable upon acceptance||$300|
|GuardMe Emergency Medical Insurance (registered automatically through MRU)||$225|
|Residence Application Fee||$45|
|Residence Deposit (refundable)||$400|
|Residence Fee (depends on unit requested)||$2822+|
|UPASS Unlimited Public Transit Pass (purchased upon arrival on the MRU campus)||$145|
|New Student Orientation||$45|
|Rocky Mountain Day Trip||$75|
|Textbooks and course materials||$50 - 300|
|Transcript (student to order before departure or online through MyMRU)||$10|
|Canadian immigration documentation to enter Canada (eTA; visa; study permit):||$7 - 250|
|Passport (prices vary dependent on country)|
|Transit visa for traveling through other countries on route to Canada or during breaks from studies - be sure to visit the embassy or consulate of those countries as well (example: USA)|
|Return flight to Calgary (YYC) – book your return flight for after the exam period|
Other costs to consider
Entertainment and social activities
Groceries: food & beverage - kitchens are available in each apartment in Mount Royal University Residences
Travel and tourism
You can get an overview of the cost of everyday living in Calgary here.
- About Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
- Do you need a study permit to study in Canada?
- Do you need a visa or an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to enter Canada?
- Do you need to change your status and extend your stay in Canada as a student?
- If you are under 18 years of age, do you need a custodian to study in Canada?
Mount Royal University is a Designated Learning Institution. Our designated learning institution number is O18761482032.
Please also consider any country that you will be travelling through (changing or transferring flights, staying during a layover, etc.) and ensure that you have the appropriate documents for those countries as well. For example: United States (USA Visas)
The information on this page may change. Always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or visit your local Canadian consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information.
Learn more about residence here.
When to apply
You should apply for residence after you have received your Letter of Acceptance with your Mount Royal University Student ID number on it.
Early arrival option
Exchange students have the option to arrive up to two weeks early to Mount Royal University Residence. The fee is approximately $30/night in addition to the residence fees. Contact residence services for further details.
Top five reasons to live in Mount Royal University Residence:
- Most other exchange students also live in Residence making it easy to meet up.
- Lots of Canadian students live in Residence so it is a great way to connect with them and learn about Canadian culture.
- Living on campus cuts out your commute, which is especially nice in the winter.
- Campus is centrally located in the city, making a wide variety of services and amenities easily accessible by public transportation.
- Residence is set up specifically for students making it the easiest option for your stay in Calgary. Utilities and internet are included and the contract dates are set up fit with the student schedule.
The coverage dates are based on semester dates and arrival & departure information. Dates can easily be adjusted and extended as required. Students can have coverage in other countries they plan to visit while in Canada on their exchange program such as the USA.
Your GuardMe insurance will provide you with free access to the doctors and nurses who work in Wellness at Mount Royal University. Wellness also offers a wide variety of other services. Not all services offered by Wellness are covered by the GuardMe insurance. To access Wellness services you will need your Mount Royal University Campus Card and your insurance policy card. Learn more about Wellness services here.
The on campus pharmacy, Wyckham Pharmacy, offers direct billing to your GuardMe insurance.
- Your Letter of Acceptance to MRU
- Semester dates
- Required entry documents for Canada
You can get from the Calgary International Airport to Mount Royal University by taxi for approximately $55-60 or by public transit.
To obtain the U-Pass as an exchange student you will need your:
- MRU Campus ID card
- Letter of Acceptance detailing that you are at MRU on an Exchange
You will pick up your U-Pass after your arrival to Calgary within the first days of the semester from Parking & Transportation located in EA 1016.
Information for partners: Nominating students for exchange to Mount Royal University
We welcome student nomination for our Exchange Program at Mount Royal University from all our partners. We look forward to hosting our partner students at Mount Royal University and in Calgary, Canada.
- March 1 - Fall semester (Study at Mount Royal University from September to December)
- October 1 - Winter semester (Study at Mount Royal University from January to April)
Process for nominating students for exchange at Mount Royal University
- Bilateral Partners - Please email Kathleen Cobb (firstname.lastname@example.org) to nominate your student(s) before the deadline. You will then receive the application package.
- CONAHEC Partners - Please nominate your student(s) through the CONAHEC website.