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Athabasca University

International Students

English Proficiency Requirement

As English is the primary language of instruction at Athabasca University, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that he or she meets the HRM English Proficiency Requirement. Although faculty will try to facilitate the learning process as much as possible, they may have to redirect students to alternate remedial resources.

International students must provide documentation supporting the successful completion of at least one of the following English as a Second Language (ESL) assessments:

  • confirmation that English was the primary language of instruction for their undergraduate degree
  • a grade of 75% or higher in Athabasca University's ENGL 255
  • successful completion of a degree program at an accredited post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language, TOEFL, score of 560 (or 220 on the computerized version)
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL, score of 65
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery, MELAB, score of 85
  • International English Language Testing System, IELTS, scores of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0

Equivalencies may be considered upon request.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants submitting any official documents (e.g., transcripts) earned outside of Canada or the United States, or in a language other than English or French, must provide an official translation of such documents. All student submissions will be measured for their possible Canadian equivalence. Application forms for the International Assessments are available online from: IQAS. Send your completed IQAS application form, fees, and information to:

It is your responsibility to send your completed IQAS application form, fees, and information to:

International Qualifications Assessment Service
9th Floor, 108 Street
Building 9942-108 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2J5

Canada and overseas call direct: 1-780-427-2655


The following resources may be of particular interest to international students.

Updated February 10 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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