English Language Proficiency for Graduate Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirement. Evidence of ELP must be provided before admission will be offered. In all cases, the decision of the School of Graduate Studies shall be final.

Acceptable evidence of ELP for graduate studies may be any one of:

 
1.
Successful completion of a baccalaureate or master’s degree at a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English and the student’s work is in English (Note: The School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to determine whether a particular institution is recognized as an institution in which the language of instruction is English).
 
2.
Successful completion of the Advanced Level, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at the University of Lethbridge (see International Students).
 
3.
Most recent official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (UofL institutional code is 0855), taken within the last two years; any of the following:
 
a.
a paper-based TOEFL of at least 580 and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.0;
 
b.
a computer-based iBT TOEFL of at least 93.
 
4.
Most recent Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 5.5, taken within the last two years.
 
5.
Most recent official Academic PTE (Pearson Test of English) score, taken within the last two years, with an overall score of at least 63.
 
6.
Most recent official CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) Assessment score of 70 or higher, taken within the last two years.
Website: www.cael.ca

INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES OF CANADIAN AND PERMANENT RESIDENT APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES, WHOSE DECISION SHALL BE FINAL.

The English Language Proficiency Requirement will be waived for applicants educated in the following countries:

Anguilla Jamaica
Antigua Kenya
Australia Lesotho
Bahamas Malta
Barbados Mauritius
Belize Montserrat
Bermuda New Zealand
British Virgin Islands Singapore
Cayman Islands St. Kitts and Nevis
Dominica St. Lucia
Falkland Islands St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Fiji Trinidad and Tobago
Ghana Turks and Caicos Islands
Gibraltar Uganda
Grenada United Kingdom
Guam United States of America
Guyana Zambia
Ireland Zimbabwe

Applicants educated in the following countries are required to supply documentation indicating that the language of instruction was English:

Bangladesh Nigeria
Barbuda Papua New Guinea
Botswana Samoa
Gambia Sierra Leone
India St. Helena
Liberia South Africa
Namibia Tanzania

A list of ELP exempt universities from the countries listed above is provided at www.uleth.ca/ross/admission-information/elp_exempt.

Waivers are not automatically granted: Waivers may not be granted, or may be revoked, if contradictory evidence exists. Examples of contradictory evidence are low grades on an English-based course, or significant communication difficulties.