Mount Royal University – Calgary, Canada

Mount Royal University (MRU) was founded in 1910 following a charter by the Alberta provincial government, and today has around 25,000 students enrolled on full and part-time courses at the university. Situated in Calgary, the largest city in Alberta (1.2 million population) students at MRU benefit from it being the sunniest major city in Canada, whilst also being perfect for snow sports with on average, 128cm of snow per year.

Programmes of study

MRU offers a range of programmes of study that include Accounting, English, Health Science, History, Human Resources, Journalism, Marketing and so on. Full details of the majors on offer can be found on the MRU website. Students studying Nursing and Midwifery are not eligible to apply, as MRU are unable to accept exchange students on their programmes.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at MRU.

DMU student stories

Kitty’s Canadian exchange in Calgary

Kitty Hollet is a third-year student at DMU currently studying Criminal Justice. She shared her reflections at the mid-way point of year studying at Mount Royal University in Alberta, Canada. Travelling to Canada To my surprise, I found the travel aspect of my year abroad the most difficult part of the process. Luckily, to study…

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport to Mount Royal University is Calgary airport. It is recommended to take a taxi to your accommodation, which should cost approximately $55-60.
  • Accommodation – you will need to apply to live in the Mount Royal University student halls of residence. For more information check out  the MRU Residence webpage.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Canadian immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – DMU insurance is not sufficient for studying on exchange in Canada, and students are required to purchase medical insurance while attending Mount Royal University.


Living costs in Canada tend to be higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Canada: