Admission

Learn about the requirements to gain acceptance into your programs of interest.

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on your complete academic history and achievement in three main areas: your grades, your English proficiency, and completion of required subjects.

In addition to accepting many different international curricula, UAlberta allows advanced standing or transfer credit for certain courses.

International Curricula

The University of Alberta accepts and evaluates a variety of international curricula. 




Options for Applicants affected by COVID-19

With a growing number of school and English Language Testing Centres closures around the world, the university has made adjustments for applicants from affected regions who may not be able to obtain final (and official) documents and/or take a currently recognized ELP test. 

Duolingo English Test as an ELP alternative

If you are in a region impacted by IELTS or TOEFL test centre closures due to the COVID-19, the university will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test as one of the ways to meet our undergraduate English Language Proficiency requirements. Duolingo English Tests taken after February 1, 2020 will be accepted if the results are received by the document deadlines for the Fall 2020 intake

The Duolingo English Test is an English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under one hour for $49 USD. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session and applicants should request Duolingo to send the results directly to the University of Alberta. For more information about the Duolingo English Test, visit englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants

Minimum Duolingo English Test score required by University of Alberta: 

  • 115 for English Language Proficiency

  • 125 for Spoken English Proficiency 

Accepting grades at time of admission in lieu of final grades

In the event that you are not able to provide final grades by the document deadlines for the Fall 2020 intake due to exam cancellation, the University of Alberta will accept the grades presented at the time of your admission offer as ‘final’ for admission purposes. 

Applicants with questions should email welcome@ualberta.ca for further information.

Completion of Five Academic Subjects

Students applying for admission from high school must show that they have successfully completed five academic subjects. The academic subjects you need to present will vary by program and Faculty. Find out which subjects you will need to present for your program of choice with the program finder.

Some programs may have post-secondary prerequisites.

Program Finder

Your English Language Proficiency

There are a few ways to show you meet UAlberta's English Language Requirement. You can:

  • Complete a test of English Language Proficiency and earn the minimum score required by UAlberta;
  • Complete certain courses that have been approved by UAlberta and achieving a certain minimum grade in that course;
  • Previous Education in English as recognized by the University of Alberta;
  • Complete UAlberta's Bridging Program.

If you select a program related to Health Sciences or Education, you will be required to meet the Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirement. Please refer to the University Calendar for how to meet this requirement.

Language Requirements

Your Grades

The minimum admission average to be accepted to UAlberta varies depending on the Faculty and program of your choice. The averages change each year.

Subjects are categorized into a few groups: English, Group A (Humanities/Social Sciences), Group B (Fine Arts), and Group C (Mathematics and Sciences). Each program will have a different selection of required courses.

Admission Averages