Semester Program

ESL 100 | 13 Weeks

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

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Acquiring Accuracy: Comprehensive English

  • Separate courses in Grammar, Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening
  • Six levels of classes from high beginner to upper advanced in each skill area 
  • 12 weeks of instruction and assessment followed by a week of exams 
  • You may 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

Academic Focus

Level 6, the top level of our Semester Program departs from the broad communication goals of Level 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 are eligible for direct entry into the Academic Communication Certificate.

Tuition Includes

  • 275 hours of English instruction
  • Public transport (train and bus) pass*
  • Textbooks, handouts, and language lab 
  • Orientation session—including a campus tour and a University of Calgary identification card 
  • Use of the university library and recreational facilities
  • Welcome event and mid-session party
  • Emergency health insurance (International students only) 
  • Wireless Internet access on campus and use of library desktop computers
  • Certificate and evaluation at the end of the course

* Coverage starts from May 1 for Spring semester.

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 40 overall, 13 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 80

Level 6:

  • TOEFL iBT score of 52 overall, 17 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

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.

Online Spring 2020

April 20 – July 17

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Fall 2020

September 14 – December 11


Winter 2021

January 4 – April 1


Spring 2021

April 19 – July 16




Program Hours

275 hours

Policies and Procedures

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

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Class Schedule

Monday and Wednesday

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday

9:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.


9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Download a Sample Timetable

Sample timetable pdf

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

Optional TOEIC Preparation Course

Optional TOEIC Preparation Course

This is a perfect way to apply the skills you learn in the Semester Program and transform them into a successful TOEIC score.

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Optional Activity 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.

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Living with a Canadian family is an excellent way to improve your English and intercultural skills.

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