The University of Lethbridge administers three levels of English language requirements for applicants to undergraduate programs:
English Language Proficiency (ELP) - admission requirement for all applicants to undergraduate programs whose first language is not English.
Spoken English Language Proficiency (SELP) - admission requirement for all applicants to the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) programs whose first language is not English (see Part 10 - Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Lethbridge Calendar).
Writing Proficiency Requirement (WPR) - admission requirement for all applicants to programs in the Faculty of Education (see also Part 8 - International and Exchange Students and the International Centre for Students in the University of Lethbridge Calendar).
For the English Language Proficiency requirement for graduate programs, visit English Language Proficiency (ELP) for Graduate Students.
The English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement applies to all applicants to undergraduate programs whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship or country of origin.
Note: The following policies do not apply to Audit, Visiting or Exchange Students. Applicants to Nursing must also meet a Spoken English Proficiency requirement (see Part 10 - Faculty of Health Sciences in the University of Lethbridge Calendar).
Proof of English Language Proficiency must be provided prior to admission. Acceptable evidence of ELP may be any one of:
In the absence of contradictory evidence, the English Language Proficiency requirement may be waived for applicants who have completed at least three consecutive years of full-time study in a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English. These studies must include satisfactory completion of English Language Arts 30-1, or its equivalent, or at least two transferable semester courses in English. These studies must precede admission by not more than two years.
Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide satisfactory evidence that the language of instruction was in English; examples of acceptable evidence include an official letter from the teaching institution or statements from the institution’s official Calendar/Catalogue, as well as standardized test results such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc. Applicants who are uncertain regarding the status of their qualifications with respect to this policy should contact the Admissions Office for further information.
The English Language Proficiency Requirement will be waived for applicants educated in the following countries:
|British Virgin Islands||Singapore|
|Cayman Islands||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Falkland Islands||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Fiji||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Ghana||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Guam||United States of America|
Applicants educated in the following countries are required to supply documentation indicating that the language of instruction was English:
|Barbuda||Papua New Guinea|
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 TOEFL scores, low grades on an English-based course, or significant communication difficulties.
Individual circumstances will be reviewed by the Assistant Registrar (Admissions) whose decision shall be final.
Special arrangements will be made for students attending the University under an approved exchange program.