Students from all over the world come to Bow Valley to get ready for a new life. Our English Language 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.
About the program
Learn English for the real world with the full-time International ELL program. You’ll learn by listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
The first course you take depends on your language ability. We will test your skill level before classes begin.
The International English Language Learning program offers five levels. Your initial placement will be determined by the lowest band-score of your English Language Proficiency test results.
- International English Language Learning Preparation.
- International English Language Learning 1.
- International English Language Learning 2.
- Academic English 1.
- Academic English 2.
Download the program brochure
New application process
As of Winter 2018, Bow Valley College will accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic and other test equivalencies) as an acceptable test score for admission and to place students in the appropriate level.
(*) Placement is based on the lowest band score.
||IELTS Academic (*)
||Pearson PTE A (*)
||Toefl ibt (*)
|ELL 2 (162.1)
||5.0 or higher
||36 or higher
||53 or higher
Students who successfully complete Academic English 2 with a grade of “B” or higher meet the language proficiency requirements for most Bow Valley College and SAIT career programs.
For Fall and Winter intakes, classes for International ELL 1 and 2 are held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday, over 15 weeks.
For Spring intakes classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, over 13 weeks.
Academic 1 and Academic 2 are 15 week courses. Classes are held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Please review the application deadlines, orientation dates, placement test dates, start dates and other important deadlines here.
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 www.health.alberta.ca
Other links of interest:
To find health care, please visit: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/7581.asp
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.