ALBERTA UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

Location

Calgary, Alberta, CA

Website

auarts.ca

Availability

Available for UniSA Creative students only. Places at this host institution are limited.


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    Founded in 1926, Alberta University of the Arts is Alberta’s only dedicated art, craft and design institution. The institution was originally called the Alberta College of Art (ACA), and achieved university status in January 2019 based on the high-quality programs being offered.

    The institution emphasizes on delivering quality teaching by offering small classes with a focus on one-on-one time. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to exhibit your work through AUArts’s student-run galleries, giving you real-world exhibition experience and an insider’s view of the professional art world.

    The campus is surrounded by beautiful parklands and is 20 mins walk to the Bow River.

    Along with amazing galleries and world-class studio space, you’ll find a library dedicated to art and design, a cafeteria, and easy access to and from other parts of the city via public transit. There is also access to all the great things the neighbouring Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) campus has to offer. 

    The AUArts Students Association supports, unites, and advocates for the student community. AUArts Students Association also manages numerous services for students, including AUArts’s health and dental program, the Marion Nicoll Gallery, student clubs, Show + Sale, a job board, and more

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    Calgary is one of Canada’s cleanest, safest, most culturally diverse urban centres, repeatedly ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a population of 1.2 million, it's also the largest city in Alberta and the third-largest municipality in Canada. The city hosts numerous festivals ranging from the well-established to many new and growing influences in art, theatre and music.

    The city’s youthful energy can be attributed to having the youngest and most highly educated residents of all Canadian cities. Calgary has the best of big-city living with the Rocky Mountains at the doorstep. Wide open prairies are just a short drive away. Visit the canyons of Drumheller or Banff National Park to ski, hike, cycle or just enjoy this charming town.

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    • Athabasca Glacier 
    • Waterton Lakes National Park
    • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump 
    • Banff National Park
    • Calgary Stampede
    • Moraine Lake
    • Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
    • Miette Hot Springs
    • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
    • Lake Louise
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    Canada is a country in the north of North America, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and northward into the Arctic Ocean. It is the world's second largest country by total area, and shares the world's longest bi-national land border with the USA.

    As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated with the majority of its land area dominated by forest and tundra. Over 80% of its 37.6 million people are concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, with 70% residing within 100 kilometres of the US border. Both English and French are commonly spoken.

    Cities such as Montreal and Quebec located in the historically French part of Canada offer a European city experience in North America, along with the opportunity to develop language skills and explore a different culture. Canadians are renowned for being friendly and helpful, and Canada experiences very low crime and a high standard of living. The exchange rate is generally more favourable for Canada than the US, making it more affordable for students.

    Canada’s incredible range of natural wonders are perfect for exploring – it has the most coastline of any country, alongside famous mountain ranges, huge lakes, ancient forests, arctic lands, some desert and unique wildlife. Popular natural attractions include the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks, the Aurora Borealis, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Nahanni National Park Reserve, Cabot Trail, Niagara Falls, and Banff National Park.

    Did you know…..?

    Canada offers some amazing festivals and parties, including the Celebration of Light - the largest fireworks competition in the world. The Toronto International Film Festival is also a must-see for film, art, and media students.

    Canada is home to the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the most iconic railway journeys in the world!

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AUArts Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Winter/Spring Semester (SP2)
January to May

Fall Semester (SP5)
September to December


AUArts Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
Autumn/Winter: -15°c to -5°c 
Spring/Summer: 20°c to 30°c

Currency
$ Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Local language/s
French | English 


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    Alberta University of the Arts does not offer airport pick up. Students will need to make their own way to the campus from Calgary International Airport.

    More information on how to get to the campus can be found here.

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    AUArts offers on-campus accommodation through SAIT Polytechnic (located on the same campus as AUArts). Located in the northeast corner of the SAIT main campus, Theon-campus residence suites boasts two modern high rises with four different floor plans, 24-hour security, come equipped with recreation and study lounges, laundry facilities and a shared studio art space. To apply for on-campus residence, please click here.

    More information on accommodation on and off campus can be found here.

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to Alberta University of the Arts, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur:

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide $2600
    Health Insurance $350 per semester
    Accommodation $940 per month
    Meals/Groceries $1300 a month
    Transportation $150 a month
    Entertainment and incidentals including phone, laundry etc. $300 a month

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website.  
     
    Please click here to read the travel insurance policy. 
     
    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
     
    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 
     
    Please see here for additional insurance information from AUArts.  

AUArts Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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How to apply

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advise. Please see below links for more information.   

Australian Government DFAT brief on Canada is available here. 

Canada High Commissions website can be found here. 

AUArts student visa FAQ is available here.

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website. 
 
The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

AUArts Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

Enquire

How to apply

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No available summer/winter school

AUArts is not an exchange partner for Summer/Winter School. To see other current short-term opportunities, please click here

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