Bridging Program

Improve your English skills and earn academic credit at UAlberta!

The Bridging Program (BP) is a program for excellent students who meet all of UAlberta’s academic criteria but still need to improve their English skills in order to enter a degree program.

BP students can take English language courses at UAlberta and earn academic credit at the same time.  

After you complete the BP successfully, you can continue as a full-time undergraduate student at UAlberta, one of Canada’s leading universities…
and you’ll already have credit that will count towards your degree!

Why choose the UAlberta BP?

  • The BP will put you on the right path to become a UAlberta graduate. If you complete the program successfully, you can enter a full-time degree program.
  • In the UAlberta BP, you’ll be enrolled in a Faculty and take classes with other UAlberta students. You’ll be a part of the campus community.
  • You’ll be eligible for entrance scholarships!
  • As a BP student, you can stay in a UAlberta student residence. It’s convenient to live on campus, and it’s the perfect way to make new friends!
  • You’ll get your own ONEcard, a student ID card that will give you access to public transit and UAlberta libraries, athletic facilities, and more.
  • You’ll have access to top quality student services. Our Faculty advisors and the BP advisor are here to help you succeed!

What can I study in the BP?

When you begin your studies in the BP, you will be part of one of these Faculties. You can choose from more than 50 courses during your time in the BP.

  • Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
  • Faculty of Native Studies
  • Augustana Campus (located in Camrose, Alberta)

How Does BP Work?

There are two Stages in the Bridging Program. Your English Language Proficiency scores will determine which Stage is right for you. You must meet the requirements of the Bridging Program within 12 months of your initial registration.

Students who complete the BP successfully can then continue as UAlberta degree students and take BP3 courses. BP3 courses are available exclusively to BP students and are designed to ensure student success in undergraduate studies.

BP Stage 1 


Minimum of 2 months

EAP 135
 After you complete BP Stage 1 successfully, begin BP Stage 2
 BP Stage 2  Duration

Minimum of 4 months

  • EAP 140 + EAP 145
  • Supporting seminars
  • Optional: 
    1 UAlberta academic course (3 credits) per term 
    Fall/Winter only

After you complete BP Stage 2 successfully, you can continue as a UAlberta degree student and take BP3 classes of selected first year courses as well as regular academic courses.

View complete program details and course options

Am I Eligible?

The BP is open to all undergraduate applicants who meet the academic criteria required for admission to the Faculties participating in the BP, but do not yet meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. 


1. Academic requirements 

High school applicants  Postsecondary applicants 
You must present:
You must present:
  • A GPA of 2.0 - 3.3 (depending on your program of interest)
  • Other admission criteria will vary. Contact us for more information.

2. English Language Proficiency requirements

There are 2 different stages in the BP. Students can enter either BP Stage 1 or BP Stage 2. Your English Language Proficiency scores will determine which stage is right for you. 

Completion of one of the following

Scores required for BP Stage 1

Scores required for BP Stage 2


total score of 5.0, with no band score less than 4.5.

total score of 5.5 or higher, with no band score less than 5.0.


total score from 65 to 69, with no band score less than 16.

total score of 70 or higher, with no band score less than 17.


total score from 500 to 529

total score of 530 or higher


total score from 40 to 49

total score of 50 or higher

PTE Academic

total score from 36 to 41

total score of 42 or higher


total score from 63 to 67

total score of 68 or higher


total score of 3.5

total score of 4.0


Scale score from 154 to 161

Scale score from 162 to 175

U of A Extension EAP

not applicable

EAP 135 (EXELP 7135): successful completion

When Can I Start?

Bridging Program students are admitted in the following terms depending on the faculty to which you’re applying.

Fall Term (September)

Spring Term (May)

ALES Yes -
Arts Yes Yes
Augustana Yes -
Native Studies
Yes Yes
Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation  Yes

How do I apply? What are the deadlines?

Bridging Program students follow the same application procedures as other applicants and must also meet the same application deadlines. See How to Apply.

To evaluate your application for admission, we will require the following documents:

  • official and complete high school transcript(s)
  • official ELP score report
  • official and complete post-secondary transcripts (two copies) and post-secondary course descriptions (transfer applicants only)
See Documentation.

Program Details & Academic Course Options

Students can set their own pace in the Bridging Program based on when courses are offered.

  • Stage 1 is normally completed within two months.
  • Stage 2 can be completed in as little as four months. However, many students choose not take an academic course in Stage 2 so they can focus fully on their English studies.
  • All ESL courses must be completed within one year.

Course offerings for the Bridging Program are below. For advice on selecting academic courses, consult your Faculty advisor.

Stage 1 Students

Stage 2 Students

Fall Term
(September to December)
  • EAP 135 (offered twice: Sept–Oct or Nov–Dec) 
  • EAP 140 (offered twice: Sept–Oct or Nov–Dec)
  • EAP 145 (offered twice: Sept–Oct or Nov–Dec)
  • Maximum one three-credit academic course (Sept–Dec) for students in EAP 140 or 145
  • Supporting seminars
Winter Term
(January to April)
  • EAP 135 (offered twice: Jan–Feb or Mar–Apr)
  • EAP 140 (offered twice: Jan–Feb or Mar–Apr)
  • EAP 145 (offered twice: Jan–Feb or Mar–Apr)
  • Maximum one three-credit academic course (Jan–Apr) for students in EAP 140 or 145
  • Supporting seminars
Spring Term
(May to June)
  •  EAP 135 (offered once: May–June)
  • EAP 140 (offered once: May–June)
  • EAP 145 (offered once: May–June)
  • Supporting seminars
Summer Term
(July to August)
  •  EAP 135 (offered once: July–Aug)
  • EAP 140 (offered once: July–Aug)
  • EAP 145 (offered once: July–Aug)
  • Supporting seminars


  1. If a student fails to attend EAP courses or withdraws from the EAP portion of their program, they will be immediately withdrawn from both their academic courses and the Bridging Program. Fees charged will not be refunded and academic penalties for not completing courses or withdrawing by the deadline may apply.
  2. Students will have a maximum of 12 months to complete the EAP requirements of the Bridging Program. EAP 135 can be attempted a maximum of two times, while EAP 140 and 145 can each be attempted up to three times. Students who do not successfully complete EAP 145 by the end of the 12th month will be withdrawn from the Bridging Program and the Faculty.
  3. Students who are withdrawn from the Bridging Program will not be readmitted to the Bridging Program.
  4. Students in the Bridging Program may not use any other English proficiency examinations to replace the required EAP 140 and 145 courses. If a student wishes to take an external English proficiency examination such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc., to meet the University of Alberta English Language Proficiency requirements, a written statement informing the Bridging Program Advisor of the intention to withdraw from the program is required. Students will then be required to apply to a Faculty for re-admission to the next available term.
  5. Academic courses taken while in the Bridging Program are credit courses that will be recorded on all future University of Alberta academic transcripts. They will be taken into account for academic assessment after first year as well as for admission to future academic programs. Students planning on continuing in the Faculty must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in their academic coursework.
  6. Students who successfully complete the EAP courses within 12 months and maintain the minimum GPA as defined by their Faculty will be eligible to continue in the Faculty. Students wishing to pursue programs offered by other Faculties must re-apply by the appropriate deadline.
  7. Students should consult with the appropriate faculty to determine the competitive GPA required for transfer. Students are responsible for meeting all requirements and document deadlines for the program to which they have applied.
  8. Students may be eligible to receive transfer credit for EAP 140 and 145, depending on their Faculty and program.

Academic Course Options

North Campus (Edmonton)

ANTHR 101 (*3)
ANTHR 110 (*3)
ART 134 (*3)
ASTRO 120 (*3)
ASTRO 122 (*3)
BIOL 107 (*3)
BIOL 108 (*3)
CHEM 101 (*3)
CHEM 102 (*3)
CMPUT 101 (*3)

CMPUT 174 (*3)
CMPUT 175 (*3)
DES 135 (*3)
EAS 100 (*3)
EAS 105 (*3)
EASIA 101 (*3)
MATH 113 (*3)
MATH 114 (*3)
MATH 115 (*3)
MATH 117 (*3)
MATH 118 (*3)
MATH 125 (*3)
MATH 153 (*3)
MUSIC 101 (*3)
MUSIC 102 (*3)
MUSIC 140 (*3)
MUSIC 141 (*3)
MUSIC 143 (*3)
MUSIC 144 (*3)
NS 110 (*3)
NS 111 (*3)
NU FS 100 (*3)
NUTR 100 (*3)
PHYS 114 (*3)
PHYS 124(*3)
PHYS 126 (*3)
PHYS 144 (*3)
PHYS 146 (*3)
RLS 100 (*3)
STAT 141 (*3)
STAT 151 (*3) 

Augustana Campus (Camrose)

AUBIO 112 (*3)
AUBIO 111 (*3)
AUCHE110 (*3)
AUCHE112 (*3)
AUCSC111 (*3)
AUCSL 100 (*3)
AUDRA 123 (*3)
AUDRA 144 (*3)
AUECO 101 (*3)
AUECO 102 (*3)
AUENV/AUGEO 120 (*3)
AUFRE 101 (*3)
AUFRE 102 (*3)
AUGER 101 (*3)
AUGER102 (*3)
AUMUS 140-149 (Choral & instrumental ensembles) (*1–3)
AUMUS 170 (*3)
AUMUS 190 (*1.5)
AUMUS 193 (*3)
AUMAT 110 (*3)
AUMAT 112 (*3)
AUMAT 116 (*3)
AUMAT 120 (*3)
AUPED 184 (*3)
AUPHY 102 (*3)
AUREL 100 (*3)
AUSCA 101 (*3)
AUSCA 102 (*3)
AUSOC 105 (*3)
AUSPA 101 (*3)
AUSPA 102 (*3)
AUSTA 153 (*3)
Note: All Bridging students at Augustana are strongly encouraged to take AUCSL 100(*3) along with their EAP courses

Cost Estimates

BP Stage 1

Course fee for EAP 135 (0 credit)

BP Stage 2

Course Fee for EAP 140 (3 credits)
Course Fee for EAP 145 (3 credits)
3 credit academic course (optional) $2,101* per course

After you complete the BP successfully and continue in a UAlberta degree program you will be required to enrol in a minimum of three academic courses per term in order to maintain full-time status. You have the option to enroll in a maximum of five academic courses per term. Most academic courses are 3 credits each.

Course Load

Term Cost Estimate

One term with three academic courses (3 credits each) at $2,101* per course $6,303* per term
One term with five academic courses (3 credits each) at $2,101* per course
$10,505* per term

This example provides an idea of what to expect, but please note that the actual cost will vary for each student.

* based on 2017/18 UAlberta fee index rates - fees are subject to change

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