English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Lethbridge. Prior to registration, all applicants to the School of Graduate Studies must demonstrate English language proficiency sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments, research, and participation in tutorials and discussions, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin.
The English Language Proficiency requirement must be met prior to registration in a graduate program (see Graduate Conditional English Proficiency Admission, below). The University reserves the right to use discretion in determining adequate levels of language proficiency to ensure success in academic programs. In all cases, the decision of the School of Graduate Studies shall be final.
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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.
The University of Lethbridge may extend a conditional offer of admission to highly-qualified graduate applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement for admission to graduate programs. This policy is intended to facilitate admission of academically qualified, degree-seeking students who have not satisfied the minimum English Language Proficiency Requirement, but are being considered for admission by a graduate program.
Conditional admission allows students to apply for a study permit (if necessary) and begin their studies in the University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program only. Concurrent registration in an EAP program and graduate program is not permissible nor is it permissible to complete graduate program requirements. Upon successful completion of the prescribed terms of study in the EAP program, the student will proceed directly into the graduate degree program in the next semester of admission.
To be considered for Conditional English Proficiency Admission, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
The applicant must submit results for an IELTS or iBT TOEFL exam taken within the last two years and indicate in their letter of intent that they are seeking Conditional English Proficiency Admission.
Applicants admitted via the Conditional English Proficiency Admission route will normally be placed in the Advanced Level of the EAP program, though the University reserves the right to move the applicant to a lower level if deemed necessary. Applicants admitted via the Conditional English Proficiency Admission route may be permitted to begin their studies in the graduate program, provided that the English Language Proficiency requirement is met by one of the other approved means no later than: August 1 for the fall semester, November 15 for the spring semester, or April 15 for the summer semester.
In accepting an offer of Conditional English Proficiency Admission to a graduate program, the applicant is expected to successfully complete the Advanced Level of the EAP program in the semester indicated in the offer of admission and begin their graduate program the following semester. Applicants who do not fulfill the language proficiency requirement during the specified period will have their offer of admission to a graduate program rescinded. Such students may choose to continue in the EAP program and reapply for admission to a graduate program for the next semester of admission.
Students admitted via the Conditional English Proficiency Admission route may not make academic progress toward their graduate degree or engage in academic research before fulfilling the ELP condition of the Offer of Admission. The School of Graduate Studies does not provide any financial support for students while they are enrolled in the EAP program.
Students admitted via the Conditional English Proficiency Admission route are considered to be full-time EAP students while continuously enrolled in the EAP program.