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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Admissions A.5 Undergraduate Degree Admission Requirements A.5.2 International High School Admissions
A.5.2 International High School Admissions
The United States and Countries Offering American-Based Curricula

Applicants who are completing or have completed their twelfth year of education in an American-based high school curriculum are considered for admission based on meeting Faculty course requirements and proof of high school graduation. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum score does not guarantee admission.

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) are not required for admission; however, a student may choose to submit test results as part of a diverse qualification application.

Applicants who have attended a university/college should refer to section A.5.3.

Note: Only one of SAT Mathematics Level 1 or Mathematics Level 2 may be presented for admission. For SAT information, visit

Students who are missing required courses for admission consideration may present a previously taken SAT subject tests or Advanced Placement (AP) exam as an alternative. The following lists the SAT subject tests and AP Exams that are accepted as equivalents for to Alberta high school courses.

Course Requirement SAT Subject Test
English Language Arts 30-1 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or Literature
Mathematics 30-1 Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 31 Mathematics Level 2
Chemistry 30


Biology 30 Biology E/M
Physics 30 Physics
Language or Language and Culture Courses at the 30 level

Spanish, Spanish with listening, French, French with listening, Chinese with listening, Italian, German, German with listening, Modern Hebrew, Latin, Japanese with listening, Korean with listening

Course Requirement AP Exam
English Language Arts 30-1
AP Capstone Courses: AP Seminar or AP Research
English (Language and Composition)
English (Literature and Composition)
Biology 30
Chemistry 30
Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 31
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Physics 30
Physics B
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism)
Physics C (Mechanics)
Science 30
Environmental Science
Social Studies 30-1
Government & Politics (Comparative)
Government & Politics (United States)
History (European History)
History (United States History)
History (World History)
CTS Computing Science 30 level
Computer Science A
Computer Science AB
Approved Course
Art History
Economics (Microeconomics)
Economics (Macroeconomics)
Human Geography
Approved Language Course
German Language
Japanese Language and Culture
Latin Literature
Latin (Vergil)
Fine Arts Approved Course
Art Studio (Drawing Portfolio)
Art Studio (2-D Portfolio)
Art Studio (3-D Portfolio)
Music (Theory)
Visual Arts
Countries Offering the British Education System

General Certificate of Education (GCE)/General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

Students who present the GCE or GCSE will be considered using five academic courses as detailed in A.5.1.2 (Standard High School Admission Requirements). Applicants can be considered with one of the following options:

  1. two courses at Advanced Level (A) and three GCSE/Ordinary Level; or
  2. four courses at Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS) and one at the “GCSE/Ordinary” Level.

In either option, grades of "D" and "E" are not acceptable.

The University of Calgary awards advanced credit for specific Advanced Level (A) courses when a grade of "C" or better is achieved. Students should refer to section A.13 Transfer Credit/Advanced Standing for details.

Other Countries

Applicants educated in other countries may be considered for admission on their academic merits. Those completing Canadian high school courses will have the grades obtained in these courses used in lieu of equivalents obtained on international certificates.

Detailed information is available at:

International students seeking admission on the basis of documents not listed on the Admissions website should submit certificates indicating the courses studied and the grades achieved to the Admissions Office. When these certificates are in a language other than English, English translations (prepared by a certified translator) must accompany the original documents.