All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency for purposes of admission in one of the following ways:
(a) Successful completion of at least three years of formal, full-time study (not less than three courses per semester) at an English secondary or post-secondary institution in an English-speaking country which the University of Calgary recognizes as English language proficiency exempt; or
(b) Graduation from a degree program offered by an accredited university in a country which the University of Calgary recognizes as English language proficiency exempt; or
(c) A mark of 75% or better on the Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 diploma examination (not the blended grade) OR a mark of 80% or equivalent letter grade or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 (blended mark) or equivalent course from other Canadian provinces.
(d) Attendance for a minimum of three years at a school that is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), including completion of a senior non-ESL English course (Alberta 30 level or equivalent).
(e) Attendance at a school for a minimum of three years that is provincially authorized to offer a full Canadian curriculum, including completion of a senior non-ESL English course (Alberta 30 level or equivalent).
Applicants may also satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirements by presenting one of the following:
In addition to the requirements indicated above, applicants to the Faculties of Education and Nursing must also present one of the following in order to satisfy the Spoken English requirement:
Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Speaking component
Minimum score of 23 on Speaking component
Minimum score of 27 in Speaking component
MELAB Speaking Test
3+ (3 plus)
4- (4 minus)
A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a minimum score of 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE) is also acceptable for undergraduate programs excluding the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Education.
Applicants to the Faculties of Law, Graduate Studies, Medicine (excluding applicants to the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation or Bachelor of Health Sciences) or Veterinary Medicine should check English Language Proficiency requirements directly with those faculties.
Please note: Applicants must satisfy two separate and distinct English Language requirements for admission to the University of Calgary:
1. The English subject acceptable in lieu of Alberta English Language Arts 30-1
2. The English Language Proficiency requirement
Note: Students with disabilities should contact the University of Calgary Disability Resource Centre for information regarding alternative methods of evaluating the English proficiency of individuals who cannot take tests under standard conditions.
No student will be admitted unless this requirement has first been satisfied.
Please refer to the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program section for details of this program.
For information on how to register for the TOEFL examination, please refer to their website at http://www.ets.org/. When requesting official test results to be forwarded to the University of Calgary, please indicate institution code 0813 and department code 00.
The IELTS is administered by the British Council offices outside Canada and the United States. For further information about the test, please refer to their website at http://www.ielts.org/.
Information on the CAEL may be obtained from their website at http://www.cael.ca/.
Information on MELAB may be obtained at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing.
Information on the Pearson Test of English (Academic) may be found at: http://www.pearsonpte.com/petacademic/Pages/home.aspx.
Note: the University of Calgary is a testing site for the IELTS and the MELAB. For information, visit http://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/exams/externalexams.