International Student Admission Requirements FAQs

International Student Admission Requirements

International Student FAQs

Concordia University of Edmonton is eager to assist international students who wish to apply for undergraduate degrees, graduate studies, or after-degree programs, and who meet university admission requirements. You’ll experience a superior liberal arts education, studying with excellent professors in a Christian environment that’s welcoming to students from all faiths and cultures.

These Frequently Asked Questions help to explain important requirements that international students must meet for admission and to complete their applications. Also be sure to review basic steps for international student admissions.

What are official transcripts?

International student applicants must submit official transcripts, which are documents that list the courses studied, grades obtained, standing in class, and any other related academic information.

International student applicants will need to request all transcripts from the institutions they attended or from the government ministry in charge of education. These documents should be sent in a sealed envelope directly from the institution(s) or ministry to the Student and Enrolment Services Office at Concordia University of Edmonton.

Official transcripts normally bear the sending institution’s official seal, stamp or imprint, and the original signature of the issuer. Documents such as Statement of Results, Student Copy, Confirmation Copy, facsimiles, or photocopies are not considered official documentation and will not be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Attested copies of official transcripts are acceptable providing the attested copy is sent from the sending institution and bears the institutions stamp and original signature.

All transcripts and other international student admissions documents received by the Student and Enrolment Services Office become the property of Concordia University of Edmonton and will not be released or photocopied for the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

Can I receive transfer credits?

International students may receive transfer credit from Concordia for courses completed at other recognized colleges or universities. Concordia wants to ensure that students do not repeat coursework unnecessarily. 

To evaluate transfer credit for coursework completed outside Canada, the international student typically needs to submit a transcript with a marking scale and detailed course descriptions/syllabi containing the following:

  • Topics covered in class
  • Language of instruction
  • Total number of hours per lecture, laboratory, and seminar
  • Textbook(s) used
  • Qualifications of professor
  • A marking scale including the minimum passing and failing grades

Course descriptions must reflect the course content covered in the year the applicant completed the course. Concordia will accept course outlines sent directly from the international student applicant or from the individual post-secondary institution(s). Course outlines that are not in English or French must be translated before being submitted to Concordia University of Edmonton.

It is the international student applicant’s responsibility to provide Concordia with course syllabi. Transfer credit is not automatically granted and must be reviewed by prospective academic departments. Only transferable university-credit courses from accredited institutions (by Canadian standards) will be considered.

What is the English language requirement?

English is the principal language of instruction at Concordia University of Edmonton. All international students applying to any program or course of study and whose first language is not English must demonstrate fulfillment of the English language requirement regardless of citizenship or country of origin.

Please note that standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing agency office. Test scores must be valid and verifiable. Photocopies are not acceptable.

English is the principle language of instruction at Concordia University of Edmonton. All applicants to any program or course of study whose first language is not English must demonstrate fulfillment of the English Language Requirement regardless of citizenship or country of origin.

Proficiency exams

International students studying in Canada on a study permit (student visa) must normally present a satisfactory score on one of the following approved English language proficiency examinations (taken within the last two years) as described below:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (internet-based test) score of 80 or PBT (paper-based test) score of 550.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum satisfactory score is 6.0 with no band below 5.5.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery). The minimum satisfactory score is 80.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment). A minimum overall score of 60 or higher, with scores of at least 50 on each of Listening, Reading, and Speaking and 60 or higher in Writing.
  • CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark).  The minimum satisfactory score is 6.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic). The minimum satisfactory score is 54.
  • Successful completion of Pathway III offered through International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC).  The Pathway III Program is not accepted for admission to the Bachelor of Education (After Degree).

Please note that standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing agency office. Test scores must be valid and verifiable. Photocopies are not acceptable.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Education After Degree program require levels of English Language Proficiency consistent
with Alberta Education’s requirements for certification. Please refer to the current academic Calendar for details.

 

More than three full years of study in Canada

International student applicants who have studied for three full years in Canada must present 50% in English 30, English Language Arts 30-1, or approved equivalent. The three years must include Alberta Grade 12 or equivalent and may be a combination of secondary and post-secondary education.

 

Less than three full years of study in Canada

International student applicants who have studied for less than three full years in Canada must present 50% in English 30, English Language Arts 30-1, or equivalent and a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 80 (or PBT score of 550). Applicants who achieve 60% or greater in English 30, English Language Arts 30-1, or approved equivalent may be exempt from providing an English language proficiency exam score.

 

International schooling in English

  1. International student applicants who demonstrate that they have completed their education at a secondary and/or post-secondary institution where English was the principle language of instruction but not the principal language of the country may be exempt from providing an English language proficiency exam score.

    A letter from the school’s principal or Registrar must accompany the application. The letter must state that the medium of instruction for the student's coursework was English and it must clearly state the number of years the student was taught in that language.

  2. International student applicants who have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized college or university where English was the primary language of instruction and the principal language of the country meet the English language requirement.

Contact for More Information

Crystal Hamilton, Assistant Registrar, Admissions
Student and Enrolment Services Office
Telephone: +1-780-479-9220
Email: intlstudents@concordia.ab.ca
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