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A progressive program designed to meet the English language proficiency requirement for undergraduate admission at the University of Alberta.

Academic English
for Undergraduate Admission

This online study program is for you if…

you are looking to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate admission at the University of Alberta

When you successfully complete the courses in our English for Academic Purposes program – EAP 135, 140, and 145 – you will be able to synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources, including academic journals and lectures, as well as material from more popular sources.

Acquire the language skills and understanding of the North American academic system necessary to continue your studies with confidence.

Develop the skills to present your ideas, both written and verbally, in accordance with first year university standards.

Meet the proficiency requirement for undergraduate admission at the University of Alberta.

Gain access to our Student Engagement Centre: a unique place for students to make friends, take part in extra language activities and engage with the community in Edmonton.

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

Bubbles undergraduate
  • meet the University of Alberta proficiency standard in as little as 4-6 months
  • pay as-you-go
now offered online
Complete 2-3 courses
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EAP 135

start here if you have one of the following:

EAP 140

start here if you have one of the following:

  • EAP 135
  • OR
    IELTS Academic score of 5.5+, with band score of 5.0+
  • OR
    TOEFL iBTTM score of 53+, with 14+ on each band
  • OR
    our Placement Test
EAP 145

prerequisite:

  • EAP 140

Total cost per course: C$2,500 – includes tuition, health insurance & services, student services.


EAP 135, 140, 145 schedule: 7 weeks each, Monday–Friday your choice of either morning track 9:00 am - 12:15 pm, afternoon track 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm, or evening track 6:00 pm - 9:15 pm MT

each EAP course is offered
course duration
availability
January 6 - February 24
7 weeks
EAP 135, 140, 145
March 4 - April 23 7 weeks
EAP 135, 140, 145
May 4 - June 22
7 weeks
EAP 135, 140, 145
July 6 - August 24 7 weeks
EAP 135, 140, 145
September 2 - October 22  7 weeks
EAP 135, 140, 145
October 30 - December 18 7 weeks 
EAP 135, 140, 145

Focuses on the development of language fluency and accuracy and on building the necessary vocabulary for further studies. Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills are emphasized by engaging students in a variety of academic activities.

This course, which precedes EAP 140, will enable students to lay the foundations for successful academic writing. Students will be introduced to language learning strategies and will develop study skills that are crucial to their success in an English-language University.

Focuses on beginning to develop the language skills necessary to interact within a university setting. This is done by building listening, reading, writing, and speaking vocabulary and comprehension, while emphasizing language accuracy as the primary focus for all second-language learners. Students will be introduced to some basic reading and writing strategies, and will start to put into practice the study skills which will help them to succeed in a North American setting.

Continues to build and polish the language skills necessary to succeed in a Canadian university. In this course, the research and library skills introduced in EAP 140 are further developed, emphasizing academic methods of integrating source materials into an argument. Skills for critical thinking and argument building will also be emphasized throughout.

At the completion of EAP 145, students will have acquired the language skills and understanding of the North American academic system necessary for them to continue their studies with confidence.

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)

Student Expectations

Please familiarize yourself with expectation around technology, classroom environment, academic honesty, and more: Student expectations info sheet.

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.