Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirement (SELP)

In addition to the English Language Proficiency requirement for general admission to the University of Lethbridge (see Admission, English Language Requirements of the Undergraduate Calendar and Course Catalogue), applicants to the Faculty of Health Sciences must also meet a Spoken English Language Proficiency requirement. This additional SELP requirement is essential because students must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues, instructors, professionals and the public in a variety of settings. The SELP requirement must be met prior to admission and may be shown in one of the following ways:


Note: For the 2022-23 intakes only, the University of Lethbridge will accept Duolingo (completed on or after July 19, 2019) with a minimum score of 125 to meet SELP. Test-based assessments must have successfully met requirements within the two years prior to the term of admission.

  1. At least six consecutive years of full-time study in a country where the primary language is English from a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English. These studies must include satisfactory completion of English Language Arts 30-1 or its equivalent, or satisfactory completion of a university-level course in English (minimum 3.0 credit hours).
  2. A score of at least 26 on the iBT TOEFL Speaking section.
  3. A score of at least 7.5 on the Academic IELTS band for Speaking.
  4. A score of at least 70 on the CAEL sub-test for Speaking.
  5. A score of at least 3 on the MELAB Speaking section.
  6. Current registration with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) or College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).