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Continuing Education International Professional Programs are full-time, professional development certificate programs that provide students with skills sought by employers. International students in these designated programs are eligible to apply for study permits. Upon completion, students can apply for post-graduate work permits that will allow them to work in friendly and beautiful Calgary, or elsewhere in Canada. All International Professional Programs require in-person attendance.

Let us prepare you for the shifting demands of the Canadian workplace

We have eight-month and one-year program formats for international students wishing to study and work in Canada.

There are three admission periods per year: fall, winter, and spring/summer...

Professional Management

Professional Management

8 Month Program

Enhance your business knowledge and human resource skills. This program consists of a certificate in Professional Management and two short Human Resource Management certificates.

Business Analysis, Intelligence and Analytics

Business Analysis, Intelligence and Analytics

1 Year Program + Work-Integrated Learning

Understand, manage and deliver value with data. This program will take three four-month terms to complete, followed by a four-month Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) component.

Digital Media and Marketing

Digital Media and Marketing

1 Year Program + Work-Integrated Learning

Learn to excel in advertising, marketing, and design. This program will take three four-month terms to complete, followed by a four-month Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) component.

Project Management

Project Management

1 Year Program + Work-Integrated Learning

Learn to implement new processes and manage projects. This program will take three four-month terms to complete, followed by a four-month Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) learning component.

All programs are subject to change with regards to scheduling, classes, and cohorts. Classes may also take place during evenings.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) is a co-op or practicum at the end of your program. This co-op or practicum will be a valuable opportunity for you to gain real-world experience in a professional role. This unique learning environment will provide real-world insight into Canadian workplace culture and the opportunity to network and build rapport with employers and others in your industry. Upon graduation from your program, you will have work experience with a Canadian employer that you can highlight on your resume.

WIL Info for Students

Employers... we have grads for hire

University of Calgary Continuing Education is seeking employers to hire graduates from our International Professional Programs. These students have come to Canada with previous diplomas, degrees and work experience. They will have recently completed their studies with us, and are now are looking to bring their talents to the Canadian workplace through our Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) program.

WIL Info for Employers

Career Support

Students in the International Professional Programs receive services and access to resources for their career development, to help improve their job search strategies and discover essential skills valued in the Canadian workplace. We understand transitioning to a foreign work environment can be challenging, our customized career advising will help you with job search, resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Additionally, you will have access to attend events to network with employers.

Admission Requirements

Admission requires the following*:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must meet our English language proficiency requirements
  • You must have completed a post-secondary degree or diploma (minimum 2 years in length) from a college or university

* Please note that admission criteria may be subject to change.

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Program Delivery Methods

Course delivery may vary, and can include in-person courses during the daytime or evening. Some courses may also be online. All courses are taught in English.

Study Permits

When you should apply for a Study Permit

International Professional Programs (IPP) students are required to apply for a study permit at least three months prior to the program start date. This is to ensure the student receives their study permit and entry documents prior to the start of the term. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's processing times may be subject to delays. Applying for a study permit early will help to mitigate any foreseeable delays.

Applying as a Study Permit holder

The International Professional Programs often fill up very quickly. If a program is full for a specific term, you will not be able to apply regardless of whether you hold a valid study permit in Canada or not. Learn more...

* A Temporary Resident Visa is a counterfoil document attached to the passport that allows students from certain countries to enter Canada.

Information Session

Learn more about the International Professional Programs with this information session recorded in February 2023.

University of Calgary Downtown Campus

Learn at the Downtown Campus

International Professional Program students attend classes at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus, a unique intellectual and corporate hub in the downtown core.

The Downtown Campus is a place for learning and community engagement. The fresh and collaborative meeting and event spaces are designed to facilitate new, innovative thinking.

The Downtown Campus is an ideal location from which to explore downtown Calgary's cuisine, park spaces, events, music, and entertainment. It is only a 12 minute train ride from the main UCalgary campus.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Located in Canada's energy capital and close to the majestic Rocky Mountains, the University of Calgary is a world-class university that inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines.


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