Academic English for Undergraduate Admission

This program is for you if…
you are looking to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate admission at the University of Alberta.


When you successfully complete the courses in our English for Academic Purposes program – EAP 135, 136, and 137 – you will be able to synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources, including academic journals and lectures, as well as material from more popular sources.

Acquire the language skills and understanding of the North American academic system necessary to continue your studies with confidence.

Completion of EAP 136 and EAP 137 fulfills the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for undergraduate admission at the U of A.

EAP 137 Academic and Intercultural Communications


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

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Develop the skills to present your ideas, both written and verbally, in accordance with first year university standards.

Meet the proficiency requirement for undergraduate admission at the University of Alberta.

Gain access to our Student Engagement Centre: a unique place for students to make friends, take part in extra language activities and engage with the community in Edmonton.

Our instructors use an active, student-centred communicative approach to help students improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

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meet the University of Alberta proficiency standard in as little as 8 months
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EAP 135

start here if you have one of the following:

  • English Foundations III
  • OR
    IELTS Academic score of 5.0+, with band score of 4.5+
  • OR
    TOEFL iBT score of 40+, with 12+ on each band
  • OR
    Duolingo English Test score of 80+, with band score of 65+
EAP 136

start here if you have one of the following:

  • EAP 135
  • OR
    IELTS Academic score of 5.5+, with band score of 5.0+
  • OR
    TOEFL iBT score of 53+, with 14+ on each band
  • OR
    Duolingo English Test score of 95+, with band score of 80+
EAP 137


  • Completion of EAP 136
  • OR admission to an undergraduate program or Open Studies at the U of A
Course Level
Tuition Fees
(Fall 2023 - Summer 2024)
EAP 135 Continuing Education or Undergraduate 7 weeks Continuing Education: $3,315.00* Undergraduate**: $3,189.54
EAP 136 Continuing Education or Undergraduate 13 weeks Continuing Education: $6,595.00* Undergraduate**: $6,379.08
EAP 137 Continuing Education or Undergraduate 13 weeks
(7 weeks in Spring and Summer)
Continuing Education: $3,315.00* Undergraduate**: $3,189.54***
* Includes tuition, health insurance and services, and access to the Student Engagement Centre.
** Undergraduate tuition is based on the Fall 2023/Winter 2024 program rates. Rates may vary by program.
*** Tuition for EAP 137 is included as part of the tuition guarantee for the student's degree program. Additional fees only apply for programs where EAP 137 is not eligible for credit.


Course Dates
EAP 135 November 1 - December 20, 2023
March 4 - April 23, 2024
July 4 - August 22, 2024
October 31 - December 19, 2024
EAP 136 January 8 - April 12, 2024
May 6 - August 9, 2024
September 3 - December 9, 2024
EAP 137 January 8 - April 12, 2024
May 2 - June 12, 2024 (Condensed Schedule)
July 2 - August 13, 2024 (Condensed Schedule)
September 3 - December 9, 2024


Course Overviews

EAP 135 – development of language fluency and accuracy

Focuses on the development of language fluency and accuracy and on building the necessary vocabulary for further studies. Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills are emphasized by engaging students in a variety of academic activities.

This course, which precedes EAP 136, will enable students to lay the foundations for successful academic writing. Students will be introduced to language learning strategies and will develop study skills that are crucial to their success in an English-language University.

EAP 136 -Language Readiness

This course in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) focuses on general and specialized English language development and grammar. The course will stress the need for clear and accurate use of language with the goal of building confidence and fluency in an academic setting.

EAP 137 -Academic and Intercultural Communications

Academic and Intercultural Communications is designed to support international undergraduate students to transition and succeed in a research intensive Canadian university.

Program policies 

Transfers, withdrawals, authorized leave

Student Expectations

Please familiarize yourself with expectation around technology, classroom environment, academic honesty, and more: Student expectations info sheet.

Arrival and Registration

Students who arrive a week after the first day of class may not be permitted to join class.

Change of Registration

The English Language School will only transfer registration to the next term if there is a legitimate reason (medical, personal emergency, study permit problems and so on).

If you request your registration be transferred to a different term before courses begin, there is a $75 transfer fee. You must bring your receipt of payment to the ELS (ED 4-107) during normal office hours and provide a valid reason for transferring to the next term. Transfers will not be allowed after classes have started.


If you withdraw from a course up to 70% into the course schedule, a grade of ‘W’ will appear on your transcript. Withdrawing from a course after the published withdrawal deadline will result in the assignment of a grade based on work completed.


In order to withdraw from class, you need to complete a withdrawal form at the English Language School. If you withdraw before the first day of class, you will receive a refund minus $500 (withdrawal fee). If you withdraw on or after the first day of class, you will not receive a refund.

Withdrawal Deadlines

Bridging Program (BP) and International Visiting Student Program (IVSP) Students:
Refer to the Registration Dates and Deadlines as indicated by the Office of the Registrar.

Continuing Education Students: 7-week courses (EAP 135)
Program term
Withdrawal deadline
July - August August 8, 2023
September - October October 11, 2023
November - December December 6, 2023
January - February February 9, 2024
March - April April 9, 2024

13-week courses: (EAP 136 & EAP 137)

Program term
Withdrawal deadline
Fall term November 22, 2023
Winter term March 25, 2024

Authorized Leave

International Students attending the University of Alberta English Language School and holding full-time student visas are permitted to request a short “leave” from their program of study. Students may request medical leave, maternity leave, or personal leave to return temporarily to their home country.

Authorized leave from ELS should normally be scheduled after completing a regular term of study. In order to properly notified Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and to ensure continuity of student visas, it is important to note the following:

  • For a planned authorized leave (returning home for vacation), students must submit an "Authorized Leave Form" to ELS administration at least 2 weeks before their planned departure date.
  • Unplanned emergency leave requests (returning home for urgent medical procedure) should be accompanied by supporting documentation and will be expedited.