Admission Requirements

Language Requirements

Our language proficiency policies exist to ensure students have the requisite skills to succeed in the university learning environment.

Note: Fulfillment of one of the listed requirements does not guarantee admission. The University of Alberta reserves the right to use discretion in determining language proficiency.


English Language Proficiency (ELP)

English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Alberta. All undergraduate applicants to English-speaking and bilingual programs need an adequate level of English Language Proficiency prior to admission, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.

Spoken English Proficiency (SEP)

For some programs in the Education and Health Science-related fields, Spoken English Proficiency is also required.

For more information, see Table 2 below.

French Language Proficiency (FLP) 

French is the primary language of instruction at Campus Saint-Jean. All applicants to Campus Saint-Jean must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken French (Compétence dans la langue française). 

 


How to meet language requirements

Automatic 

If you have completed at least three years of full-time education (or equivalent) in English, in Canada or another country where the primary language of instruction is English (excluding ESL), you will meet the ELP requirement automatically.

For more details see Table 1 below or check the the University Calendar»

Exam-based

If you do not meet the requirements automatically, there are several ways that you can demonstrate ELP. Some of the most common methods are listed below. 

Note: Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

For more details see Table 1 below or check the University Calendar»


Table 1: ELP exams and requirements

Method Requirement
Written Exams
TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) Total score of 90 with no section less than 21
IELTS (Academic) Overall band score of 6.5 with no band less than 5.5
High school course work
English Language Arts 30-1 (Alberta) or English 12 (British Columbia) 75% or higher (final blended grade includes the diploma or provincial exam mark)
IB English A1, A2, A Literature, or A Language & Literature 5 or better
IB English B 6 or better
AP English 4 or better
GCE Advanced Level (A-level) or Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-level), GCSE, IGCSE or O-level English Language or Literature course B or better
All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (ISSC) Functional English, issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education 80% or better
All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (ISSC) Core English, issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education 75% or better
Indian School Certificate (ISC) English, issued by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) 75% or better
Post-secondary course work
✮6 credits of university-level English studies completed at a recognized English-language institution (must be transferable as 6 credits at the University of Alberta) B+ or better
University of Alberta EAP 140/145 Successful completion
Previous education in English  
Three or more years of full-time education in English (excluding ESL) in Canada or another country or institution where English is recognized as the official/primary language of instruction  Successful completion - must include Alberta Grade 12 (or equivalent) if secondary education is the highest level completed, or if a combination of secondary and post-secondary is used

Table 2: Spoken exams and requirements

Spoken exams
TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) Minimum score of 26 in the Speaking section
IELTS (Academic) Minimum score of 7.5 in the Speaking section
University of Alberta Speak Test Minimum score of 50
Previous education in English
Six years of full-time education in English in Canada or another country or institution where English is recognized as the official/primary language of instruction. Successful completion - must include Alberta Grade 12 (or equivalent) if secondary education is the highest level completed, or if a combination of secondary and post-secondary is used.

Bridging Program

The Bridging Program is designed for applicants who meet all other admission requirements for their program of choice, except for English Language Proficiency (ELP). The Bridging Program allows eligible students to complete the ELP requirement by taking English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses during their first year of study, while also being eligible to enrol in academic courses and earn credit toward their degree.

See the Bridging Program page for more details.