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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Admissions A.12 English Language Proficiency
A.12 English Language Proficiency

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. English language proficiency is achieved by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of at least three years of formal, full-time study in English at a secondary school that meets one of the following requirements:
    a. Is in an exempt country; OR
    b. Is accredited to offer Canadian, American or British curricula; OR
  2. Successful completion of at least two years of formal, full-time study in English at an accredited or recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or a University of Calgary approved English-speaking country; OR
  3. Achieved a final grade of 80 per cent or better on the Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 (or equivalent); OR
  4. Achieved a grade of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher or Standard Level English A (Literature or Language and Literature) examination or a grade of 6 or better on the Higher Level English B examination; OR
  5. Achieved a grade of 4 or better on the Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition or English Language and Composition examination; OR
  6. Achieved a grade of "A" or "B" (6 or higher on the GCSE 9 point scale) in GCSE-level, A/S-level or A-level English (non-ESL) in the General Certificate of Education (GCE)/General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) curriculum; OR
  7. Successful completion of at least three years at a school in English that is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), including completion of a senior academic English course (Alberta 30-1 level or equivalent); OR
  8. Successful completion of a University of Calgary English credit course, comparative literature course, or university equivalent with a final grade of "B-" or better; OR
  9. Successful completion of an approved English language test/program as follows:

Acceptable English Language Tests



All Other Undergraduate Programs

TOEFL iBT (TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition) 108 with a minimum of 27 in each sub-score 92 with a minimum of 23 in each sub-score 86
IELTS Academic (IELTS Indicator) 8.0 with no bands below a 7.0 7.0 with no bands below a 7.0 6.5
CAEL (CAEL Online) N/A N/A 70
PTE 70 (see Note) 64 (see Note) 60
Cambridge English Language Assessment: C1 Advanced 200 185 180
Cambridge English Language Assessment: C2 Proficiency 200 185 180
University of Calgary Continuing Education - Academic Communication Certificate** N/A N/A Successful completion of all courses in the Academic Communication Certificate with a minimum grade of "B+" in each course.
150 with no sub scores below 130
130 with no sub scores below 130

Note: Applicants must also present one of the following in order to satisfy the spoken English requirement:

  • Nursing: Minimum score of 23 on the speaking component of the TOEFL iBT.
  • Education: Minimum score of 27 on speaking component of the TOEFL iBT.

Applicants to the Faculties of Law, Graduate Studies, Cumming School of Medicine (excluding applicants to the Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation) or Veterinary Medicine should check English Language Proficiency requirements directly with those faculties.

Normally, students will only be admissible if the English Language Proficiency requirements have been satisfied. The Registrar has the authority to use discretion in exceptional circumstances. Students must meet English Language proficiency requirements in addition to meeting the English subject admission requirement for the program to which they are applying.

Applicants who submit an English Test score, even if not required for admission consideration, will have their test score considered as part of their application for admission and must meet the minimum test scores outlined above.

**Students who are in-progress in the University of Calgary Academic Communication Certificate program with at least two graded courses complete are eligible to apply and concurrently enrol in courses as an open studies student. Students must register in the number of courses below to maintain study permit eligibility.


Academic Communication Certificate (ACC)
Open Studies
EAP 220
EAP 225 EAP230 EAP 235 EAP 249 Winter/Fall
56 hrs
56 hrs 56 hrs 48 hrs 24 hrs  
6 weeks 6 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks 13 weeks

Complete Complete
1 Course
1 Course

Complete Complete Complete 1 Course 1 Course

1 Course 1 Course
Complete Complete

Complete 2 Courses 1 Course

Complete Complete Complete Complete 3 Courses 1 Course
Complete Complete Complete Complete
3 Courses 2 Courses