English Language School

At the University of Alberta, we know that studying English as an additional language is more than learning words and phrases – it is a chance to explore interesting ideas, discover other cultures, and develop new communication skills that will take you around the world.

Going beyond classroom study!


Want to know the best part about studying at the English Language School?  Our Student Engagement Centre offers daily workshops, activities, and engagement experiences – all included in your tuition fee. Check out “student life” to read highlights of what is happening in SEC.

Winner of the ATESL, 2022 Carolyn Dieleman Award

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The Student Journey

Daniel Navarro is an international student from Panama. He has successfully completed the English for Academic Purposes Program at the English Language School, starting from EAP 135 and finishing with EAP 550 online. Daniel has now entered graduate school in the Faculty of Engineering. This video reflects on his EAP program experience.


As of August 2023 EAP 140/145 will no longer be offered. See Academic English for descriptions of our new English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.
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Communication Skills for the Workplace

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Communication Skills for Global Citizenship

In Class

English Medium Instruction

Available to group applicants


Quick Facts


Learners from 64 countries study with us each year.


enrolments in 315 course sections offered each year


Students from 156 Countries


Students have studied with us Top choice for high quality education

Tuition is priced very competitively

Fair instruction fees which also include: medical insurance, health services, student services, and exclusive student engagement centre access fees.

Extensive teaching experience

Our instructors have extensive experience and training in English language instruction. All of our instructors are university graduates who have completed advanced training in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Located at the U of A Campus

The University of Alberta is located in the province's capital of Edmonton, on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River valley. The campus blends historic with cutting edge. It covers 50 city blocks with abundant green spaces among its 150 buildings.

Student Engagement Centre

Our unique recreational and study space for students to make friends, take part in extra language activities and engage with the community in Edmonton.

Teaching Awards

Award in Programming

Canadian Association for University Continuing Education Award for Non-Credit Programming

Award in Programming

Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language’s Carolyn Dieleman Award

Award in Instructing

Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language

Award in Instructing

Lifelong Learning Award: Outstanding Contributions to the Learning Environment

Award in Instructing 

University of Alberta Graduate Student Teaching Award

Award in Instructing

Lifelong Learning Award: Excellence in Teaching and Design

Award in Instructing

Lifelong Learning Award: Excellence as an Instructor

Award in Instructing

Wellness Champions

Award in Instructing 

COVID-19 Remote Teaching Award

Homestay Services

The English Language School at The University of Alberta has partnered with Canada Homestay Network (CHN) to offer a unique all-inclusive housing option for our students. When you choose homestay with CHN, you become a member of the family you live with, part of the community you live in, and make the most of your time in Canada.

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4-107 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 Street NW
Edmonton, AB Canada
T6G 2G5


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