Semester Program

ESL 100 | 13 Weeks

If you are serious about dramatically improving your overall English skills, this is the course for you!

Choose your language:    English    Español    日本語    한국어    中文    Português    Tiếng Việt

Acquiring Accuracy: Comprehensive English

Level 1 – 5

  • Separate courses in Grammar, Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening
  • Levels: high beginner to upper advanced in each skill area
  • 12 weeks of instruction and assessment followed by a week of exams 
  • Enter the program in any session and combine semester programs
  • Most students can expect to achieve an advanced level of English in 1 year (3 semesters + 1 intensive program of study)

Level 6: Academic Focus

The top level of our Semester Program 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:​​

  • Academic Communication Certificate (ACC)
  • UCalgary Continuing Education International Professional Programs, see
  • Applicable Bow Valley Collage certificate and diploma programs

Admission Requirements

Proof of English language proficiency is not required to enter the Semester Program; students will be tested at the beginning of the program and then placed in the appropriate level.

Advanced placement into levels 5 and 6 of the Semester Program is available for students wishing to 
guarantee their level placements. One of the following minimum scores are required for advanced placements:

Level 5:

  • TOEFL iBT score of 45 overall, 15 in writing
  • IELTS Academic score of 5.0 overall, 5 in writing, 4.5 in any other skill area
  • CAEL score of 40 overall, 40 in writing
  • 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
  • Duolingo English Test score of 95 overall, 85 in production

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.

Fall 2022

September 19 – December 16


Winter 2023

January 9 – April 6


Spring 2023

April 24 – July 21


Program Hours

275 hours


Price for 2022 sections
Face to face: $4,200
Online: $3,700*

*Online course does not include emergency medical insurance, public transport pass or use of campus facilities such as recreational facilities.

Price for 2023 sections
Face to face: $4,325


Payment is available by credit card (recommended), cash/debit card (in-person), Western Union or international bank wire. Please contact to receive payment instructions on Western Union and international bank wire. 

Policies and Procedures

Application and admission requirements, payment and refund policies, and homestay policies.

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Experience Value

Our tuition includes the following, and more...

Course Materials

Textbooks and handouts.

Public Transit Access

Public train and bus pass for courses 8 weeks or longer.*
* Coverage starts from May 1 for Spring terms.

Health Insurance

Emergency health insurance for international students.

Social Events

Organized social events for students.

Recreation Facilities

Use of recreational facilities on campus.


Access to the campus library.

Free WiFi

Wifi access on campus.


Access to campus computers.

Class Schedule

Face to Face

Mon & Wed: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
                    1 – 3 p.m.
Tue & Thu:  9:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
                    2 – 4 p.m.
Fri:               9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Live Zoom Sessions (Calgary Time)
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 11:40am

Live session time could change. Please see our registration site for latest information.

Sample Timetable (Face to Face)

Sample timetable pdf


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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.


It was an incredible experience from which I learned the language and met friends from different cultures.

Randa from Libya