The Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) is designed for English learners who want to improve their English skills to enter Canadian college or university programs. Through intensive instruction of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), students will learn essential skills for an academic setting and acquire critical knowledge for a successful transition to Canadian university culture.
Students completing the ACC with a grade of B+ or higher in all four core course components will meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission into applicable University of Calgary undergraduate programs and graduate programs. Please note that Nursing and Education do not accept the ACC. Some graduate programs require grades higher than the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum - please contact the graduate program directly to confirm their English language proficiency requirements.
Your path to academic success starts with the ACC!
Students must fulfill one of the following minimum requirements:
- Completion of level 6 of UCalgary English Language Program Semester Program (ESL 100) with a minimum final grade of B+ in each course
- TOEFL iBT score of 70, minimum of 20 in Writing
- TOEFL PBT score of 533
- IELTS Academic score of 6.0 overall, minimum 6.0 in Writing, 5.5 in any other skill area
- CAEL score of 60 overall, minimum of 60 in Writing
- MELAB score of 76
- PTE score of 54
- Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE/CPE) score of 172
- Duolingo English Test score of 105
In the event that students display English language performance that is significantly different from the English language proficiency scores they submitted, the student will be assigned to the course level that aligns with their in-class performance.
Focus on writing effective academic paragraphs and essays while mastering essential sentence skills and reading critically.
Focus on the process of writing research papers and critical responses while mastering critical reading and thinking. Students will attain advanced skills in comprehension, analysis, interpretation and citation required in research writing.
This course prepares English learners transitioning to an English-speaking university setting with the skills needed to engage in critical academic listening across content areas.
Develop essential skills that will help English learners defend ideas in academic settings, present coherent concepts, speak thoughtfully in discussions and contribute to group projects.
Seminars designed to facilitate success in the Canadian undergraduate degree-credit environment. Topics include academic integrity, critical thinking, exam conditioning and preparation, health and wellness, learning styles, study strategies, time management, understanding learning objectives and university customs and policies.
Face to Face/Online: 250 hours
Face to Face: $4,650
*Online course does not include emergency medical insurance, public transport pass or use of campus facilities such as recreational facilities.
Each 13-week term has a one-week break (reading week) with no classes.
Face to Face
Mon/Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Tue/Thu: 8:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wed: 8:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For future terms, please see our registration site for updated schedule.
Live Zoom Sessions (Calgary Time)
Mon, Wed and Fri: 10:30am - 12:15pm and 1:30 - 3:30pm
Tue and Thu: 10:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30 - 3:30pm
For future terms, please see our registration site for live session time.
Everything I learned here, I am using at the college now, and it’s helping me a lot.
Maria from Mexico
Your Gateway to University Life
Extend your general English communication, acquire academic English skills and prepare yourself for a successful start in a university undergraduate program.
Optional Activity Programs
Improve your English skills and visit some of Western Canada’s top travel destinations while you are studying in the Semester Program. The activity program is made up of information meetings and guided excursions to points of cultural and social interest in and around Calgary. Students have the choice of registering for the full program or individual excursion components priced individually.