English Language Requirements

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all undergraduate students must demonstrate English language proficiency sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin.

There are two types of English requirements that apply to applicants to the University of Lethbridge:

a.Spoken English Language Proficiency (SELP)

Admission requirement for applicants to programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences (see Health Sciences, Spoken English Language Proficiency Requirement (SELP)).

b.English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Admission requirement for all applicants to undergraduate programs.

The English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement applies to all applicants to undergraduate programs, regardless of citizenship or country of origin. The University of Lethbridge reserves the right to determine and publish adequate levels of language proficiency.

Applicants whose academic qualifications meet admission requirements must satisfy English language proficiency (ELP) by August 1 for fall (September) admission or November 15 for spring (January) admission (see www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/admissions/undergrad/deadlines).

Note: The following policies do not apply to Exchange students.

Proficiency in English may be demonstrated through any of the following means:

1.High School

a.Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, or equivalent, with a minimum final (blended) grade of 75 percent.

b.A grade of 5 or higher IB Higher or Standard Level English.

c.A grade of 4 or higher AP English.

d.A grade of B or higher in GCE A/S-level or A-level English.

e.Successful completion of a minimum of three consecutive years of full-time academic study in English at a secondary school in Canada or another country where English is recognized as the primary language (see Recognized Countries, below). English as a Second Language of study is not considered academic.

2.Post-Secondary

a.Successful completion of a minimum two years of full-time academic study in English at a post-secondary institution in Canada or another country where English is recognized as the primary language (see Recognized Countries, below). English as a Second Language of study is not considered academic.

b.Successful completion of an academic diploma, applied degree, or baccalaureate degree, requiring at least two years of full-time study, at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada where the language of instruction is English (see College Diploma).

3.English for Academic Purposes (Must have been completed within two years prior to the date of application)

a.Successful completion of the Advanced Level of the University of Lethbridge English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program (see English For Academic Purposes (EAP)).

b.A passing grade in an EAP program accepted as a means of satisfying ELP by another recognized Canadian university, and whose ELP requirement is at least as demanding as that of the University of Lethbridge.

c.A passing grade in an EAP program approved by the Manager of Admissions.

4.ELP Assessments (Must have been completed within two years prior to the date of application)

a.Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL (iBT)) with a minimum total score of 80, with minimum scores of 16 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and a minimum score of 18 in Writing.

Website: www.toefl.org (University of Lethbridge Destination Institution (DI) code: 0855)

b.Academic International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) test with a minimum overall score of 6.0, and a minimum 6.0 in each band.

Website: www.ielts.org

c.Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score with a minimum overall score of 54.

Website: www.pearsonpte.com

d.Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment with a minimum overall score of 60, a minimum of 50 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and a minimum of 60 in Writing.

Website: www.cael.ca

e.Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced (C1 Advanced), with a minimum score of ā€˜Cā€™.

Website: www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/advanced

f.Cambridge English Qualifications: C2 Proficiency (C2 Proficiency), with a minimum score of at ā€˜Cā€™.

Website: www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/proficiency

5.Recognized Countries

For the purposes of administering the ELP requirement, the University of Lethbridge recognizes designated countries where the primary language is English (see www.ulethbridge.ca/ross/admissions/elp).

6.Required Documentation

All proof of English proficiency must be provided on official academic transcripts or standardized test score reports. Standardized test scores must be valid and verifiable.