Language Requirements

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

In order to verify your IELTS test results, we require an electronic copy of your Test Report Form which can be uploaded through UAlberta Launchpad after you apply. Please make sure that the electronic copy is legible and it contains your Test Report Form number.

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.

Update to Admissions Process

The Duolingo English Test will be made available to all applicants to undergraduate and graduate programs as an additional option to demonstrate English Language Proficiency for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022 admission.

Minimum Duolingo English Test score required by University of Alberta:

  • 115 for English Language Proficiency, with no subscore below 95
  • 125 for Spoken English Proficiency, with no subscore below 105

Applicants who are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency and had intended to fulfill that requirement using English Language Arts 30-1 will only be able to do so if they write the diploma exam. If students don’t write the diploma exam, they will be required to demonstrate ELP with acceptable scores in an English language proficiency test. The chart below outlines specific examples of ELP exams and requirements.

If your coursework has been completed through diploma/final exams, the university will accept those results to fulfill ELP.

International applicants should visit undergraduate international admissions for further information.


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 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)
In-person or special at-home edition.

Total score of 90 with no section less than 21
IELTS (Academic) Overall band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment - CAEL (paper) or CAEL CE (online) A score of at least 70
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees) At least 4.5, with no part lower than 4
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English, also known as Cambridge English: Advanced) At least 180, with no less than 165 in each skill
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English, also known as Cambridge English: Proficiency) At least 180, with no less than 165 in each skill
PTE (Academic) (Pearson Test of English Academic) At least 61, with no less than 60 in each communicative skill
High school course work
English Language Arts 30-1 (Alberta or NWT) 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
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.