English Language Learning

Are you new to Canada and want to improve your English? Or an international student who wants to study here? We have the English Language Learning (ELL) program to fit your needs. We'll help you meet your goals.


 

Before you apply

All students need:

  1. A completed application form
  2. An email address
  3. An Alberta Student Number
  4. Recent Canadian Language Benchmarks results*

LINC Applicants also need to bring:

  1. A LINC referral to Bow Valley College*
  2. Immigration documents and photo ID (see notes below)
Immigration category Required documents
Permanent Resident (1) Permanent Resident Card; and
(2) Confirmation of Permanent Residency document (i.e., landing papers)
Convention Refugee/Protected Person

(1) Immigration papers; and
(2) Photo identification (i.e., driver's license, etc.)


*CLB tests and LINC referrals are available at ILVARC

Visit the Prospective Student Centre at the Calgary South Campus to get started. If you need language help, please bring a friend or a family member with you.

Here are some questions we may ask when we meet with you:

  • What is your immigration status?
  • Do you want to attend school full-time or part-time?
  • How many years did you go to school in your home country?
  • What is your work schedule?

Eligibility for programs may depend on your citizenship status. Find your citizenship category below to learn more about your application process.  

How to apply

Full-time English Language Learning (ELL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Canadian citizens can apply for the English Language Learning (ELL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs. Funding is subject to eligibility requirements.

Application status
Applications for the Spring 2018 term are now closed.
Applications for the Fall 2018 term (classes beginning August 30, 2018) will open on May 15, 2018

To apply you will need to:
  • Submit a paper application in-person at Bow Valley College and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Bring your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test results. If you don't have CLB results, you will have to complete an English placement test at ILVARC.
  • If you're applying to the English for Academic Purposes program, you'll have to write the EAP placement test at Bow Valley College. We will send you information about testing after you apply.
  • Check the Alberta Works page for more information about the process to apply for Alberta Works funding.

Please note that there are more options for youth between the ages of 18 and 24.


Part-time English language skills courses

  • Students can register for part-time English language skills courses online, by phone, or in person at the Registrar's Office.
  • Part-time ELL skills courses are open to all students. Your English level or citizenship doesn't matter.
  • There aren't any admission requirements for these courses. Please note that you won't receive benchmark results after you complete the classes.
  • Funding is not available for part-time ELL courses.

If you have any questions, please call or visit the Prospective Student Centre

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)

Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees/Protected Persons may be eligible to apply for the Full-time LINC or Part-time LINC programs.

About the LINC programs

  • A student's class schedule will be depend on their English level.
  • Part-time LINC includes classes from CLB 4 to CLB 7. In order to apply for Part-time LINC, students must have minimum benchmarks 3,3,3,3 and must have completed 10 or more years of education in their home country.
  • LINC classes are not available for students with Pre-B and 1,1,1,1 benchmarks with 10 or more years of education completed in their home country.

LINC application open and closed dates

Term Term start and end dates When to apply
Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 - April 26, 2018

Applications are now closed

Spring 2018
May 3, 2018 - August 22, 2018
Apply on (or after) March 2, 2018
See below for more information

How to apply for LINC

You will need to bring:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Photo ID  -  PR card or driver's license
  3. Your immigration papers  -  Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Refugee Decision Letter
  4. Your recent Canadian Language Benchmarks results with a referral to Bow Valley College.
  • If you studied at another school, you must also bring your LINC certificate
  • If you do not have a benchmark test or referral, you will need to get one from ILVARC

Bring all of your documents to Bow Valley College on (or after) LINC Application Day:

LINC Application Day

Date:         March 2, 2018
Time:         9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - only Listening CLB Benchmark Pre-B, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
                    1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Listening CLB Benchmark 6, 7 or 8
Place:        2nd Floor, South Campus

Seats in LINC classes are limited. Applying early will not guarantee you a seat.

Full-time English Language Learning (ELL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Permanent residents and refugees with CLB benchmarks of 5,5,5,5 or higher may also be eligible for Full-time English Language Learning (ELL).
Permanent residents and refugees with CLB benchmarks of 6,6,6,6 or higher may also be eligible for English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Alberta Works funding is subject to eligibility requirements.  

Application status
Applications for the Spring 2018 term are now closed.
Applications for the Fall 2018 term (classes beginning August 30, 2018) will open on May 15, 2018

To apply, you will need to:

  • Submit a paper application in-person at Bow Valley College and pay the non-refundable application fee.
  • Bring your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test results. If you don't have CLB results, you will have to complete an English placement test at ILVARC.
  • If you're applying to the English for Academic Purposes program, you'll have to write the EAP placement test at Bow Valley College. We will send you information about testing after you apply.
  • Check the Alberta Works page for more information about the process to apply for Alberta Works funding.

Please note that there are more options for youth between the ages of 18 and 24.

Have questions?

If you have questions, contact the Prospective Student Centre

You can also find information in Spanish, French, Persian, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Persian, Arabic, or Urdu, on our multi-language website

 

Are you an international student who wants to study English? Check out our International ELL program.

Learners requiring academic accommodations must contact the Learner Success Services at least four months prior to the commencement of their scheduled classes at Bow Valley College to establish an academic accommodation plan.

Reasonable effort will be made to provide suitable academic accommodation; however, there is no guarantee that services will be available and it is possible that start dates may have to be deferred in order to provide required accommodation. While the College will attempt to facilitate all learner requests for accommodation, there is a current shortage of sign language interpreters.


Contact us

Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus, First Floor
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free in Canada: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The College is closed on statutory holidays.

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