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English Language Proficiency (ELP)

All applicants, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must satisfy the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students. English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University.

Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English language proficiency sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions. Please see English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for graduate students for information on meeting the ELP requirement.

In some cases, the University may extend a conditional offer of admission to highly-qualified graduate applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for admission to graduate programs. Please see Conditional English Language Proficiency Admission for more information. 

Important Note:
The University of Lethbridge recognizes that these are unprecedented times. As a result, our guiding principle will be that the impact of COVID-19 should not disadvantage any applicant to programs offered by the University of Lethbridge. All of our programs will have the flexibility in their admissions processes to ensure that this principle is being upheld. If you are unable to complete the English Language Testing required for your program:

  • IELTS and TOEFL tests are available in an online format. These tests' scores will be accepted for ELP purposes. Please contact the individual organizations for more information.
    • IELTS Indicator
    • TOEFL Special Home Edition
  • Until further notice, the University of Lethbridge is also accepting DuoLingo English Test as a way of meeting English Language Proficiency (ELP) for both undergraduate and graduate admissions. DuoLingo must be completed on or after July 15, 2019.
    • Graduate ELP: a minimum overall score of 115 is required.
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