Prior to University of Calgary Continuing Education course registration or certificate admission, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Successful completion of formal, full-time study (not less than three courses per semester) at an English secondary or post-secondary institution that is accredited by the Council of International Schools ; or
  2. A mark of 65% or better on the Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 diploma examination (not the blended grade) OR a mark of 65% or equivalent letter grade or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-1 (blended mark), a mark of 65% or better in Alberta English Language Arts 30-2, or equivalent high school level course from other Canadian provinces.

Note: Courses offered through the English Language Program are exempt from University of Calgary Continuing Education English language proficiency requirements. For admission requirements into the English Language Program please click here.

Applicants may also satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirements by presenting one of the following:

Test Minimum Score
Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 80
Computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 213
Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 550
International English Language Test System (IELTS) 6
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) 60
Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA) 7 (average)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) examination 70
Language Program Level Minimum Grade
UCalgary Continuing Education English Language Program (Semester) Program ESL 5 B+
or placement in ESL 6
UCalgary Continuing Education Part-time Evening Classes ENL 4 Completion
or placement in ENL 5
  ENL 5 Concurrent
English for Academic Purposes (EAPP) Program Tier 2 B+