English Language School

Academic English for Graduate Admission

The University of Alberta recruits, attracts and welcomes the best and the brightest minds to its programs. Applicants are expected to demonstrate English language proficiency as a prerequisite for graduate admission. We can help you get there.

This program is for you if:

you are looking to meet the English language requirements for Master’s or PhD program admission to the University of Alberta.

Preparing you for Graduate Studies

Offered exclusively to graduate students, EAP 550 is an intensive course designed to build the language skills necessary for students to be effective, independent participants in graduate studies at an English language university. Course content focuses on developing the advanced reading, writing and speaking skills required in graduate school. Coursework assignments and assessments reflect the demands of graduate level study.

EAP 550 runs for 14 weeks (228 hours), three hours and fifteen minutes per day, Mondays - Fridays. It is offered 2 times per year beginning in January and September (September 2020-online) .

Our EAP 550 course fulfills the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for many of UAlberta's most popular graduate programs. EAP 550 has been accepted instead of TOEFL or IELTS by the following programs and faculties:
  • Programs and faculties
    • Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
    • Art and Design
    • Biochemistry
    • Business (MBA)
    • Business (PhD)
    • Chemistry
    • Chemical and Materials Engineering
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Computing Science
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Dentistry
    • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    • East Asian Studies
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Human Ecology
    • Internetworking
    • Law (JD)
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Medicine
    • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
    • Mining and Petroleum Engineering
    • Multimedia
    • Nursing
    • Oncology
    • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physiology
    • Psychiatry
    • Public Health
    • Rehabilitation Medicine
    • Renewable Resources
    • Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
    • Sociology
    • Surgery

We strongly recommend that you:

  1. View and familiarize yourself with the university’s international admissions protocol for graduate students.
  2. Contact your prospective graduate program at the University of Alberta to verify your language proficiency requirements.

Offered in Fall & Winter terms

  • 1 course: EAP 550
    14-week term 
  • Monday to Friday
    Morning (9:00 am - 12:15 pm)
                              or
    Afternoon (12:45 pm - 4:00 pm)



“I learned a lot of things from EAP 550 … especially regarding writing skills, such as how to organize my ideas, how to make better sentence flow, how to write a clear and concise article, and so on. Also, oral and poster presentations in the course helped me improve academic and communication skills."

Jin Soo, Graduate student, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

“Because the TESL program at UBC requires all MA applicants to submit their own writing sample … the preparation for the application to admission was academically and intellectually demanding for me. Even so, my academic English preparation in your EAP 550 course did certainly help me to successfully write up the writing sample and eventually to be admitted to the program.”

Haruki, Graduate student, TESL Program, Language & Literacy Education, UBC

“Overall I’d like to say that it has been a pleasure to be a student of the EAP 550 course and that It has significantly helped me improve my English, both spoken and written. During the course we were presented with different methods to stimulate our minds to formulate the idea in the English language. This helped me to stop formulating phrases with the Portuguese structure making the process of writing in English more natural.”

Anna, Business Administration, NAIT

“I would like to say that EAP 550 … was a fantastic opportunity to not only learn under a great English teacher …  but also gave me the opportunity to learn skills that I need in my further study.  Overall, from a personal point of view, I strongly recommend EAP 550 to any student who wants to be successful in their further studies.”

Mohammed, Technology Management, NAIT

"I’ve been admitted to the University of Michigan School of Public Health and I’m very pleased with the experience I had in 550 which I believe prepared me for graduate school. Beside poster presentation skills, 550 helped me develop critical reading and writing skills. What I found really helpful is that almost all the tasks were subject specific which made me connected with my field. Furthermore, I liked the peer editing tasks that helped me be aware of my own writing. Also, the books were a huge benefit and I still refer to them every now and then."

Abeer Al Mehairbi, Master's of Public Health, the University of Michigan



Program policies

Important information about our policies on course transfer, refunds, and attendance.

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Housing options

Homestay (live with a Canadian host family) and on-campus accommodations.

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