Start Dates

  • January 07, 2021
  • May 05, 2021


Program Delivery

  • In Class
Tuition & Fees

International: CAD $4,871

ELL Preparation, ELL1 and ELL2 are 15 weeks. Class Schedule: Monday to Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. 

Academic English 1 and Academic English 2 are 15 weeks. Class Schedule: Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

Program Description

In the International ELL program, you'll learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This program is certified by the Languages Canada Quality Assurance Scheme. 

You will get:
 Small, interactive classes
 Experienced teachers
 Flexible course options
 Workplace skills
 Flexible registration, from four months to one year

Program Structure and Student Progression

Learn English for the real world with the full-time International ELL program. You’ll learn by listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

The International English Language Learning program offers five levels. Your initial level placement can be determined by submitting a valid English Language Proficiency Exam Result (IELTS Academic, TOEFL, or Pearson PTE) or you will complete a level placement assessment at the start of term prior to orientation.

(Please note: the English Language Proficiency scores can ONLY be used as a placement for new students into our programs. After you start your studies with us, scores cannot be used to jump over a level).

International English Language Learning Preparation.
International English Language Learning 1.
International English Language Learning 2.
Academic English 1.
Academic English 2.

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Students who successfully complete Academic English 2 with a grade of “B-” or higher meet the language proficiency requirements for most Bow Valley College career programs.


All classes for International ELL Preparation, ELL 1 and ELL 2 are held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday, over 15 weeks.
Academic 1 and Academic 2 are 15 week courses. Classes are held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Important Dates

Please review the application deadlines, orientation dates, placement test dates, start dates and other important deadlines here.

Medical Insurance

To be adequately protected for medical insurance coverage, students should have both basic and extended medical insurance plans.

Basic coverage for all students: Alberta Health Care

Alberta Health Care Insurance is a basic health care coverage that is administered and governed by the provincial Government of Alberta. All eligible recipients are required by law to be covered by this insurance plan.

Students must enroll themselves for Alberta Health Care Insurance when they arrive and establish a residence in Alberta, registration is not automatic. For specific details on Alberta Health Care Insurance benefits and how to register please refer to the website here

Other links of interest:

To find health care, please visit: Alberta Health Services' website.

Extended Health Care for International English Language Learners

Students currently taking the International English Language Learning Program will be insured through StudentGuard Insurance. This insurance is mandatory and included in the tuition and fees for each term/semester of ELL study. Students are covered from the first day of class until the day before the start of the next term. A StudentGuard insurance card and detailed information will be handed out during the first week of classes.

Note: International ELL students may also be eligible for free Alberta Health Care coverage if they meet all requirements. International ESL students who are eligible for Alberta Health Care will still have Student Guard coverage during their ELL study at Bow Valley College. Visit StudentGuard medical insurance website at www.guard.me to get more details.

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International Education Department

N333, North Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669


Admission Requirements

As of Winter 2019, International English Language Learning applicants can be placed in the initial level of study in one of two ways:
a.Submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic and or other test equivalence) at the time of application or prior to orientation OR

b.Complete the in-house level placement assessment at the start of term

Level IELTS Academic (*) Pearson PTE A (*) Toefl ibt (*)
Preparation 3.5 24-25 24-25
ELL 1 4.0 26-29 26-31
ELL 2 4.5 30-35 32-43
Academic English 1 (AE1) 5.0 36-41 53
Academic English 2 (AE2) 5.5 42-50 71
(*) Placement is based on the lowest band score.

Applicants who choose to complete the level placement assessment will be granted a Letter of Acceptance for one year (three terms) of ELL study. Learners may choose to pursue alternative study options. It is the responsibility of the learner to ensure they comply with Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada study permit guidelines any time after completing one or more levels of the ELL program.

Prospective International Learners Request More Information
International Education Department

N333, North Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669

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  • If you anticipate applying for a student loan, your payment will be refunded to you based on your loan award once your funding has been received by BVC.

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