ELP Exemptions

The following English Language Proficiency (ELP) exemptions are made for applicants with international qualifications.

Countries in which English is the Official Language of Instruction

The University of Alberta recognizes English as the official language of instruction in the following countries. Applicants with qualifications from these countries are exempt from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) English language proficiency requirement.

American Samoa Grenada South Pacific Islands
Anguilla Guam St. Helena
Antigua and Barbuda Guyana St. Kitts and Nevis
Australia Ireland (Republic of) St. Lucia
Bahamas Ireland (Northern) St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados Jamaica Scotland
Belize Malta Trinidad and Tobago
Bermuda Mauritius Turks and Caicos Islands
Canada Montserrat United Kingdom
Cayman Islands New Zealand USA
England Ryukyu Islands Virgin Islands
Falkland Islands Seychelles Wales
Fiji Singapore
Gibraltar South Africa

International Universities

Applicants with qualifications from the following institutions in the designated countries are exempt from the FGSR English language proficiency requirement.

Country University
Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology
  • Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology
  • Independent University
  • Islamic University of Technology
  • Khulna University of Engineering and Technology
  • North South University
  • Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET)
  • Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Engineering programs only)
Botswana
  • University of Botswana
Bulgaria
  • American University in Bulgaria
Eritrea
  • University of Asmara
Ethiopia
  • Addis Ababa University
  • Alemaya University
  • Jimma University
Egypt
  • American University in Cairo
Germany
  • International University
  • Jacob's University
Ghana
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • University of Cape Coast
  • University of Ghana
Hong Kong
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Tech
  • University of Hong Kong
India
  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Anna University
  • Arunachal University
  • Assam Agricultural University
  • Berhampur University
  • Birla Institute of Technology (Ranchi)
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  • Cochin University of Science & Technology
  • Gauhati University
  • Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore)
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • Indian Institute of Technology (All campuses)
  • Indian School of Mines
  • Jadavpur University
  • Karnatak University
  • Kerala Agricultural University
  • Konkan Agricultural University
  • Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Manipur University
  • National Institute of Technology Calicut
  • Sambalpur University
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • University of Calcutta
  • University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh
  • University of Hyderabad
  • University of Kashmir
  • University of Kerala
  • University of North Bengal
  • Utkal University
  • West Bengal University of Technology
Kenya
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • Egerton University
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agric & Tech
  • Kenyatta University
  • Maseno University
  • Moi University
  • University of Eastern Africa - Baraton
  • University of Nairobi
Kuwait
  • Kuwait University (Faculties of Science, Engineering and Petroleum, Allied Health Science, Medicine and the Department of English
Lebanon
  • Lebanese American University
  • American University of Beirut
Lesotho
  • National University of Lesotho
Malawi
  • University of Malawi
Namibia
  • University of Namibia
Nigeria
  • Abia State University
  • Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
  • Ahmadu Bello University
  • Ambrose Alli University
  • American University of Nigeria
  • Bayero University
  • Delta State University
  • Enugu State University of Sci & Tech
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure
  • Federal University of Technology, Minna
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  • Federal University of Technology, Yola
  • Igbinedion University, Nigeria
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
  • Lagos State University
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Ogun State University
  • Ondo State University
  • Rivers State University of Sci & Tech
  • University of Abuja
  • University of Ado-Ekiti
  • University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  • University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  • University of Benin
  • University of Calabar
  • University of Ibadan
  • University of Ilorin
  • University of Jos
  • University of Lagos
  • University of Maiduguri
  • University of Nigeria
  • University of Port Harcourt
  • University of Uyo
Pakistan
  • Aga Khan University
  • Gomal University
  • Hamdard University
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Mehran University of Engg & Technology
  • NED University of Engg & Technology
  • NWFP Agricultural University
  • NWFP University of Engg & Technology
  • Quaid-I-Azam University
  • Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam
  • Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology
  • University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
  • University of Engg & Technology, Lahore
  • University of Health Sciences
  • University of Punjab, Lahore
Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea University of Technology
  • University of Goroka
  • University of Papua New Guinea
Philippines
  • Adamson University
  • Far Eastern University
  • Mindanao State University
  • National University
  • Silliman University
  • University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
  • University of San Carlos
  • Xavier University
Samoa
  • University of the South Pacific
Saudi Arabia
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Sierra Leone
  • University of Sierra Leone
Sri Lanka
  • University of Moratuwa
Tanzania
  • Mzumbe University
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • University of Dar es Salaam
Thailand
  • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Assumption University
  • Mahidol University
Turkey
  • Atilim University
  • Bilkent University
  • Bogazici University
  • Izmir Institute of Technology
  • Koc University
  • Middle East Technical University
Uganda
  • Makerere University
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology
United Arab Emirates
  • American University of Sharjah
Zambia
  • Copperbelt University
  • University of Zambia
Zimbabwe
  • National University of Sci & Tech
  • University of Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Open University

For more information, see the Graduate Program Manual Section 5: Admissions.