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Athabasca University

English Proficiency Requirement

As English is the primary language of instruction at Athabasca University, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure he or she has an adequate level of proficiency in the English language. Moreover, since the PBDLD is a graduate level program, it is to be expected that the materials will be challenging. Although faculty will try to facilitate the learning process as much as possible, they may have to redirect students to 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 before his or her application will be considered:

  • confirmation that English was the primary language of instruction for their LL.B., J.D., or equivalent law degree,
  • a grade of 60% or higher in Athabasca University's ENGL 187 or 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, or
  • International English Language Testing System, IELTS, scores of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0.

Equivalencies may be considered upon request.

Updated November 06 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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