English Language Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Alberta, and all applicants must be proficient in English before admission.

International applicants must be able to demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) at the time of application.

Demonstrating English Language Proficiency

You can demonstrate ELP in several ways, including education, examination and secondary school coursework.

For more information about English Language Proficiency, see English Language Requirement in the University Calendar.

Recognized English Language Education

ELP can be demonstrated by possessing a degree or its academic equivalent from an institution that is recognized by the U of A and where the language of instruction is English. In addition, we may require proof that the instruction for the degree was in English.. 

English Language Examinations

ELP can be demonstrated through a satisfactory score on one of the following approved English language examinations within the last two years.

English language examinations


Minimum Score

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT, in-person or special at-home edition) *

Total score of 90 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based) or equivalent

Academic International English Language Testing System


6.5, with at least 6.0 on each test band

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment


Overall 70 with at least 60 on each subtest

Pearson Test of English Academic

(PTE Academic)

61 with a minimum band score of 60

Duolingo English Test

120 with no subscore below 100

Some graduate programs in which proficiency in spoken English is especially important may have a higher than minimum English language proficiency requirement of 140 with no subscore below 120

Departments and the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) reserve the right to require further demonstration of English Language proficiency.

Secondary School Coursework

ELP may be demonstrated through confirmation of sufficient English language coursework at the secondary school level from select countries.