International Foundations Program
FORMERLY ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES PROGRAM
The International Foundations Program was created to help academically-qualified students gain English Language Proficiency for undergraduate and graduate program admission. The International Foundations Program provides students planning on doing degree programs at the U of C with an on-campus program to help them achieve their academic goals. Students in the International Foundations Program gain fluency in their use of the English language while learning in an academic environment which prepares them for their university studies. The program is full-time and intensive, for undergraduate and graduate students.
Many students who need English Language Proficiency (ELP) choose to come to the International Foundations Program to satisfy this admission requirement. Gaining proficiency in the English language is often the first place a student needs to begin. The International Foundations Program assists both prospective undergraduate and graduate students to gain English language proficiency.
The International Foundations Program is a uniquely focused English language program that prepares English as a Second Language (ESL) students for university studies. It is designed especially for intermediate to advanced ESL students who want to learn English in a challenging and effective environment that trains them for academic success at the undergraduate or graduate level.
The program is comprised of three tiers with students taking rigorous language assessment to place them into the appropriate tier. Each tier consists of thirteen weeks (approximately 260 hours) of instruction, including exams. Students who place in tier one normally take one year to complete the program.
Students who join the International Foundations Program are highly motivated to develop the language skills necessary to succeed at university. By the end of the program, successful students are able to:
Instructors in the program have advanced experience and training in teaching ESL. They use an active, learner-centred communicative approach that focuses on helping the students themselves arrive at an understanding of the English language proficiency requirements necessary for academic studies. This inquiry based methodology fosters research skills and initiative in the students in order to help them succeed at a research-intensive university like the University of Calgary.
Students who successfully complete the International Foundations Program with a grade of C or higher fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirement for most undergraduate programs at the University of Calgary. Additionally, successful completion of the International Foundations Program is accepted in lieu of Alberta English Language Arts 30-1.
Why is the International Foundations Program your best choice to satisfy the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for admission to the U of C?
The International Foundations Program is a better tool than standardized English tests like CAEL or IELTS for achieving English language proficiency
We are the ONLY proficiency program on campus directly linked to undergraduate admission
Our Instructors are highly qualified professionals who want to see you succeed
The International Foundations Program is an academic program housed within the Werklund School of Education