English Language Proficiency (ELP)

The English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement applies to all applicants to undergraduate programs, regardless of citizenship or country of origin. The University of Lethbridge reserves the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of language proficiency to ensure success in academic programs.

Note: The following policies do not apply to Exchange students.

  1. Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by any of the following:
    • Successful completion of a minimum of three consecutive years of full-time academic study in English at a secondary school or postsecondary institution in Canada or another country where English is recognized as the primary language (see Recognized Countries, below). English as a second language of study is not considered academic.
    • the University of Lethbridge English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program (see Part 6 of the Undergraduate Calendar and Course Catalogue).
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years, with minimum scores of:
      • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL and 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE); or
      • 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), with minimum scores of 16 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and a minimum score of 18 in Writing.

      Website: www.toefl.org (University of Lethbridge Destination Institution (DI) code: 0855)

    • Academic International English Languages Testing System (IELTS) test, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 6.0, and a minimum 6.0 in each band.
      Website: www.ielts.org
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 54.
      Website: www.pearsonpte.com
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, taken within the last two years, with a minimum overall score of 60, with a minimum 50 in each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking, and 60 in Writing.
      Website: www.cael.ca
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), with a minimum score of 'C'.
      Website: www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/advanced
    • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), with a minimum score of at 'C'.
      Website: www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/proficiency
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), with a minimum overall score of 80, with a minimum 76 in each component, including the Speaking test.
      Website: www.cambridgemichigan.org/melab
    • Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 diploma examination, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 75 percent.
    • Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, or equivalent, with a minimum final (blended) grade of 80 percent.
    • A passing grade in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program accepted as a means of satisfying ELP by another recognized Canadian university, and whose ELP requirement is at least as demanding as that of the University of Lethbridge.
    • A passing grade in an EAP program approved by the Manager of Admissions.
  2. Recognized Countries
    Changes to the list of recognized countries will be in effect for Fall 2017 admission.
    For the purposes of administering the English Language Proficiency requirement, the University of Lethbridge recognizes the following as countries where the primary language is English:
Anguilla Jamaica
Antigua Kenya
Australia Lesotho
Bahamas Malta
Barbados Mauritius
Belize Montserrat
Bermuda New Zealand
British Virgin Islands Singapore
Canada St. Kitts and Nevis
Cayman Islands St. Lucia
Dominica St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Falkland Islands Trinidad and Tobago
Fiji Turks and Caicos Islands
Ghana Uganda
Gibraltar United Kingdom
Grenada United States of America
Guam Zambia
Guyana Zimbabwe
Ireland (Republic of)  
  1. The following will be recognized as countries where the primary language is English when the applicant provides documentation indicating that their language of instruction was English:
Bangladesh Nigeria
Barbuda Papua New Guinea
Botswana Samoa
Gambia Sierra Leone
India St. Helena
Liberia South Africa
Namibia Tanzania
  1. Waiver of English Language Proficiency Requirement

    Language Proficiency requirement may be waived for applicants who have completed at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study in a recognized institution where the language of instruction is English. These studies must include satisfactory completion of Alberta’s English Language Arts 30-1, or its equivalent, or at least two transferable term courses (6.0 credit hours) in English. These studies must precede admission by not more than two years.

    A list of recognized institutions is available at www.uleth.ca/ross/admission-information/elp_exempt. This list is not exhaustive; study at other English-language institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may be required to provide satisfactory documentation confirming the language of instruction. Examples of acceptable documentation include an official letter from the educational institution or statements from the institution’s official calendar/catalogue.

    Waivers are not automatically granted. Waivers may not be granted, or may be revoked, if contradictory evidence exists. Examples of contradictory evidence include low standardized scores, low grades on an English-based course, or significant communication difficulties.
    Individual circumstances will be reviewed by the Manager of Admissions whose decision shall be final.

  2. Required Documentation
    All proof of English proficiency must be provided on official academic transcripts or standardized test score reports. Standardized test scores must be valid and verifiable.