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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 GDLD English Proficiency Requirement. Moreover, since the GDLD 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 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 LL.B., J.D., or equivalent law 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

All student academic qualifications will be assessed for their Canadian equivalence.

In the case of a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree awarded by a university law school listed in the "Directory of Commonwealth Law Schools", or in the American Bar Association Approved Law Schools list, equivalence will be presumed and no further assessment is necessary.

Law degrees not so listed, and other degrees from outside North America, must be assessed by the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). Application forms for the International Assessments are available online from IQAS.

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 June 19 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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