International English Language Learning (ELL)

Are you ready to improve your English language skills to enter post-secondary programs in Canada? Join students who come to Bow Valley College from all over the world to enroll in our certified English Language Learning program. Your future says thanks at Bow Valley College.

Why Bow Valley College 

  • Highly qualified instructors
  • Advisors and counsellors to help students with academic, career, and life goals
  • A curriculum based on Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)
  • The ELL program is certified by the Languages Canada Quality Assurance Scheme
  • Opportunities to learn about Canadian culture
  • An ELL Tutorial Centre for individual or small group help with language problems
  • Computer labs for practicing reading, writing, listening, grammar, and internet skills
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Program Structure

The International English Language Learning program offers five levels. Each level costs approximately $4,959 per semester. Your initial level placement can be determined by submitting a valid English language proficiency exam result (IELTS Academic, Duolingo, TOEFL, or Pearson PTE A).

IMPORTANT NOTE!: Every application for English Language Learning (ELL), will be assessed as per the following table and the School of Global Access will place the applicant in the course level which matches their English test. Then our team will communicate the number of terms of ELL to the applicant. We can only assign maximum three terms of ELL.

Level IELTS (*) Academic Pearson  PTE A(*)  TOEFL iBT  Duolingo (*)  New Duolingo by overall score – May 2024  

International ELL Preparation

400 hours over 15-week term




 45-50  60-65

International ELL 1

400 hours over 15-week term




 55-60  70-75

Transition to Academic English (TAE)

400 hours over 15-week term




65-70   80-85

Academic English 1 (AE1)

400 hours over 15-week term




 75-80  90-95

Academic English 2 (AE2)

400 hours over 15-week term




85-90   100-105

(*The level placement will be based on the lowest band score. New Duolingo by overall will take effect for May 2024 intake onwards.



  • IELTS Academic, Duolingo, Pearson PTE A, and TOEFL iBT results are valid for two years from the day of testing.
  • Results that expire prior to the start date of the program cannot be accepted.
  • Official results must be submitted.



Pathways for Students

For more pathway partnerships with other ELL providers visit: English Language Learning Pathways



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