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Course Description

This comprehensive English program consists of twelve weeks of instruction and one week of exams.

Students attend separate courses in grammar, speaking & listening, and reading & writing. The program helps students to develop vocabulary; improve proficiency at integrating critical thinking skills, reading and writing tasks; increase accuracy and fluency in English communication.

Level 6, the top level of the Semester Program, departs from the broad communication goals of levels 1-5 and focuses on the written and oral skills necessary for success in the English language post-secondary classroom.  Students completing level 6 with a minimum final grade of B+ in each course meet the English language proficiency requirement for:

Optional courses available to enrol in with ESL 100:

Please see Admission, Payment and Refunds for information on admission, payment options and refunds.

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Prerequisites

  • Students must be 18 years of age or older*
  • Advanced placement into levels 5 and 6 of the Semester Program is available for students wishing to guarantee their level placements.  The following minimum requirements are needed**
    • Level 5:  TOEFL iBT score of 45 overall (15 in writing), IELTS Academic score of 5.0 overall (5.0 in writing, 4.5 in any other skill area), CAEL score of 40 overall (40 in writing), or Duolingo English Test score of 85 overall (75 in production).
    • Level 6:  TOEFL iBT score of 55 overall (18 in writing), IELTS Academic score of 5.5 overall (5.5 in writing, 5 in any other skill area), CAEL score of 50 overall (50 in writing), or Duolingo English Test score of 95 overall (85 in production).

*If you are 17 and have completed high school, please contact the English Language Program.

**In the event that students display English language performance that is significantly different from the English language proficiency scores they submitted, they will be assigned to the course level that aligns with their in-class performance.

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Type
Class
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Apr 22, 2024 to Jul 19, 2024
Schedule and Location
Hours
275.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $4,325.00 or $500.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Reading List / Textbook
Textbook included
Section Notes

Late Registrations: Students who register after the full payment deadline (<14 days before program start date) may receive delayed access to D2L and UPass.

IRCC Study Permit Changes: Effective January 22, 2024, the federal government announced caps on the number of study permits to be issued to each province. As part of these new regulations, the Government of Canada requires that all new study permit applicants need an attestation letter from the province in which they intend to study. See details here.

Type
Class
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Sep 16, 2024 to Dec 13, 2024
Schedule and Location
Hours
275.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $4,325.00 or $500.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Reading List / Textbook
Textbook included
Section Notes

Late Registrations: Students who register after the full payment deadline (<14 days before program start date) may receive delayed access to D2L and UPass.

Type
Class
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jan 06, 2025 to Apr 04, 2025
Schedule and Location
Hours
275.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $4,325.00 or $500.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Reading List / Textbook
Textbooks included
Section Notes

Late Registrations: Students who register after December 20, 2024 may receive delayed access to D2L and UPass due to the University's Holiday Observance closure (December 23, 2024 - January 1, 2025).  

Type
Class
Days
T, W, Th, F, M
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Apr 22, 2025 to Jul 18, 2025
Schedule and Location
Hours
275.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $4,325.00 or $500.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Reading List / Textbook
Textbooks included
Section Notes

Late Registrations: Students who register after the full payment deadline (<14 days before program start date) may receive delayed access to D2L and UPass.

Note: Program dates and fee are tentative and subject to change. Please check esl.ucalgary.ca for the latest information.

Type
Class
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Sep 15, 2025 to Dec 12, 2025
Schedule and Location
Hours
275.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $4,325.00 or $500.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Reading List / Textbook
Textbooks included
Section Notes

Late Registrations: Students who register after the full payment deadline (<14 days before program start date) may receive delayed access to D2L and UPass.

Note: Program dates and fee are tentative and subject to change. Please check esl.ucalgary.ca for the latest information.

Type
Class
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jan 05, 2026 to Apr 02, 2026
Schedule and Location
Hours
275.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $4,325.00 or $500.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Reading List / Textbook
Textbooks included
Section Notes

Late Registrations: Students who register after December 19, 2025 may receive delayed access to D2L and UPass due to the Winter Holiday Observance closure (December 22, 2025 - January 1, 2026).

Note: Program dates and fee are tentative and subject to change. Please check esl.ucalgary.ca for the latest information.

Type
Class
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
Apr 20, 2026 to Jul 17, 2026
Schedule and Location
Hours
275.0
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $4,325.00 or $500.00 deposit Click here to get more information
Reading List / Textbook
Textbooks included
Section Notes

Late Registrations: Students who register after December 19, 2025 may receive delayed access to D2L and UPass due to the Winter Holiday Observance closure (December 22, 2025 - January 1, 2026).

Note: Program dates and fee are tentative and subject to change. Please check esl.ucalgary.ca for the latest information.

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