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The University of Alberta recruits, attracts and welcomes the best and the brightest minds to its programs. Applicants are expected to demonstrate English language proficiency as a prerequisite for graduate admission. We can help you get there.

Academic English
for Graduate Admission

This online study program is for you if…

you are looking to meet the English language requirements for Master’s or PhD program admission to the University of Alberta.

Offered exclusively to graduate students, EAP 550 is an intensive course designed to build the language skills necessary for students to be effective, independent participants in graduate studies at an English language university.

Fulfills the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for many of UAlberta's most popular graduate programs and has been accepted instead of TOEFL or IELTS.

Course content focuses on developing the advanced reading, writing and speaking skills required in graduate school.

Coursework assignments and assessments reflect the demands of graduate level study.

Our instructors use an active, student-centred communicative approach to help students improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

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Our EAP 550 course fulfills the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for many of UAlberta's most popular graduate programs. EAP 550 has been accepted instead of TOEFL or IELTS by the following programs and faculties:

  • Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science
  • Art and Design
  • Biochemistry
  • Business (MBA)
  • Business (PhD)
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computing Science
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dentistry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • East Asian Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Human Ecology
  • Internetworking
  • Law (JD)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Mining and Petroleum Engineering
  • Multimedia
  • Nursing
  • Oncology
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Renewable Resources
  • Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
  • Sociology
  • Surgery

We strongly recommend that you:

  1. View and familiarize yourself with the university’s international graduate admissions protocol.
  2. Contact your prospective UAlberta graduate program to verify your language proficiency requirements.

Prerequisites:

  • Must have completed an undergraduate degree
  • EAP 140 or have a minimum TOEFL® score of 69 iBT™ or 6.0 IELTS™
  • Applicants must speak with an English Language School Advisor before registering for this course

Total cost: C$6,135 – includes tuition, health insurance & services, student services, and access to our Student Engagement Centre.


Schedule: online classes
14 weeks, Monday–Friday (228 hours) 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

September 2 - December 18, 2020 14 weeks
available
January 6 - April 22, 2021
14 weeks
available

This is an intensive course designed to build the language skills necessary for students to be effective, independent participants in graduate studies at an English language university. Course content focuses on developing the advanced reading, writing and speaking skills required in graduate school. Coursework assignments reflect the demands of graduate level study.

I encourage students to pursue their studies online at the U of A because they will benefit in the same way as face-to-face learning. Instructors are extremely supportive and their communication skills are tremendously great.”

Wissam (Lebanon)

Arrival and Registration

Students who arrive a week after the first day of class may not be permitted to join class.

Change of Registration

The English Language School will only transfer registration to the next term if there is a legitimate reason (medical, personal emergency, study permit problems and so on).

If you request your registration be transferred to a different term before courses begin, there is a $75 transfer fee. You must bring your receipt of payment to the ELS Student Engagement Centre (Room L 300 Enterprise Square) during normal office hours and provide a reason for transferring to the next term. Transfers will not be allowed after classes have started.

Withdrawals

In order to withdraw from class, you need to complete a withdrawal form at the ELS Student Engagement Centre. If you withdraw before the first day of class, you will receive a refund minus $500 (withdrawal fee). If you withdraw on or after the first day of class, you will not receive a refund.
Grade

If you withdraw from a course before the withdrawal deadline, a grade of W (withdrew) will appear on your transcript. If you withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline, a grade of NC (failure, no grade point value assigned) will appear on your transcript.

Withdrawal Deadlines
Program term
Withdrawal deadline
January - February 2020 February 7, 2020
March - April 2020  April 1, 2020
May - June 2020
June 3, 2020
July - August 2020 August 5, 2020

Authorized Leave

International Students attending the University of Alberta English Language School and holding full-time student visas are permitted to request a short “leave” from their program of study. Students may request medical leave, maternity leave, or personal leave to return temporarily to their home country.

Authorized leave from ELS should normally be scheduled after completing a regular term of study. In order to properly notified Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and to ensure continuity of student visas, it is important to note the following:

  • For a planned authorized leave (returning home for vacation), students must submit an "Authorized Leave Form" to ELS administration at least 2 weeks before their planned departure date.
  • Unplanned emergency leave requests (returning home for urgent medical procedure) should be accompanied by supporting documentation and will be expedited.