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Outbound Opportunities

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



"Being in MRU was without doubt one of the best decisions that I have made. I met people that changed my life in only four months, they changed also the way that I see the world now. If I had a chance to give an advice to any exchange student, I'll tell to them to take every opportunity that they have, they won't never regret! "

- Daniela came to Mount Royal University for an exchange semester from Mexico

"My favorite thing about MRU was definitely the student life, there's always something going on in campus! One of the highlights of my semester was all the friendships I made and all the people that I met along the way. And the most valuable lesson that I learned was that it doesn't matter where are you from or which nationality you have, after all we're not so different and the bonds you create are so special that all these people become like your family."

- Carolina came to Mount Royal University for an exchange semester from Mexico


"I have been studying in MRU for a semester for my exchange semester and it has been an amazing experience. The university welcomed me well and the staff support me throughout the entire semester, making sure that everything was alright. It is definitely a great place to live and study!"

- Baptiste came to Mount Royal University for an exchange semester from France

"Going on a semester abroad was the best decision I have ever made. I know everyone who ever went abroad says this, but it's true. When you live abroad you feel this special freedom and you are surrounded by tons of new things. Everything is strange and impressive and you kind of see the world from another perspective. And this perspective gives you a new view/angle on all the things in life and this is how it ends up not only having stories to tell, making memories and going on adventures, but also knowing yourself so much better and personally growing."

- Madlene came to Mount Royal University for an exchange semester from Austria


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:

  1. Visit your study abroad office at your home University and find out how to apply to your home University study abroad program.
  2. Your home University will nominate you for exchange to MRU through our nomination process (see Nominate a student above).
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Timeline of important dates for students.

Mandatory fees
Exchange Program Fee (non-refundable) - payable upon acceptance $300
GuardMe Emergency Medical Insurance (registered automatically through MRU) $225
Other applicable fees
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.

Depending on your country of citizenship and the length of time that you will be studying at Mount Royal University, you will require different documents to enter Canada. You can learn more at the links below:
Fees will vary ($7-$250; with additional associated costs) and should be expected for all travel and entry documents.
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.
We highly recommend that all exchange students live on campus in our student residence. Living on campus makes it easier for you to make friends and connect with the Mount Royal University community. It is also extremely convenient if you are only going to be here for one or two semesters!

Learn more about residence

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:

  1. Most other exchange students also live in Residence making it easy to meet up.
  2. Lots of Canadian students live in Residence so it is a great way to connect with them and learn about Canadian culture.
  3. Living on campus cuts out your commute, which is especially nice in the winter.
  4. Campus is centrally located in the city, making a wide variety of services and amenities easily accessible by public transportation.
  5. 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.

International exchange students coming to Mount Royal University are required to have emergency medical insurance while attending the university on their Exchange Program. We require all inbound exchange students to purchase our mandatory medical insurance through GuardMe. International Education staff will automatically enroll you prior to your arrival for the duration of the semester and your MyMRU student account will be charged. The fee for this insurance is approximately $225 per semester.

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.

You can purchase your flight to Calgary International Airport (YYC) after you have:
  • 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.

Exchange students at Mount Royal University qualify to purchase a U-Pass. The U-Pass is an unlimited Calgary Transit pass that is valid for the duration of the semester. The cost of the U-Pass is $145.

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.

About the U-Pass

About Calgary Transit (public bus and c-train for Calgary)

Cost of Calgary Transit - general

Calgary Transit Trip Planning

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.

Nomination deadlines

  • 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 ( 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.
Contact usFor more information, please e-mail We look forward to welcoming you to our campus!