University of Alberta's

English Language School

At the University of Alberta, we know that studying English as an additional language is more than learning words and phrases – it is a chance to explore interesting ideas, discover other cultures, and develop new communication skills that will take you around the world.

Want to know the best part about studying at the English Language School?

Going beyond classroom study! Our Student Engagement Centre offers daily workshops, activities, and engagement experiences – all included in your tuition fee.

Visit the Student Engagement Centre

We have adapted our classes and programs to an online format – you can now study from home:

Online study
every 2 months

English foundations

Online study
Offered Continuously

Short courses for skills improvement

Online study
every 2 months

For undergraduate studies

In-person study
6-12 months

Visiting Student Program

Online study
Fall & Winter

For graduate studies

Online study
every 4 months

UAlberta bridging

Online study
Summer ‘21

For science and technology

Online study
Summer ‘21

For global citizenship

Online study
Summer ‘21

For nursing



from 64 countries study with us each year.



in 315 course sections offered each year.


We offer a safe and welcoming environment for all students. Connect, socialize, study in-depth, and more at our exclusive-access student engagement centre (included in your tuition fee!)

Over 45,000 students have studied with us

Top choice for high quality education

Tuition is priced very competitively

Fair instruction fees which also include: medical insurance, health services, student services, and exclusive student engagement centre access fees.

Extensive teaching experience

Our instructors have extensive experience and training in English language instruction. All of our instructors are university graduates who have completed advanced training in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Located downtown

Edmonton is a major, modern city of one million people, with clean streets, safe neighbourhoods, and beautiful natural areas – it is known as “Canada’s Festival City” as it hosts over 30 festivals throughout the year.

Student Engagement Centre

Our unique recreational and study space for students to make friends, take part in extra language activities and engage with the community in Edmonton.

Programming 2021
Canadian Association for University Continuing Education Award for Non-Credit Programming
Programming 2021
Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language’s Carolyn Dieleman Award
Instructing 2021
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language
Instructing 2021
Lifelong Learning Award: Outstanding Contributions to the Learning Environment
Instructing 2021
University of Alberta Graduate Student Teaching Award
Instructing 2021
Lifelong Learning Award: Excellence in Teaching and Design
Instructing 2021
Lifelong Learning Award: Excellence as an Instructor
Instructing 2021
Wellness Champions
Instructing 2021
COVID-19 Remote Teaching Award

We go beyond “classroom study”

In addition to their classes, all ELS students have access to our Student Engagement Centre. The centre and its daily workshops, activities, and engagement experiences are included in your tuition fee.

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Sofia Elgueta / Assistant Lecturer
Don Mason / Acting Director
Barbara Edmondson / Assistant Lecturer
Lisa Matthew / Assistant Director
Hawk Li / Program Coordinator (EAP)
Mark Bell / Program Coordinator
(Short Term Study Abroad)
Denise Lo / Assistant Lecturer
Clement Yau / Registrations & Records Advisor
Zuzana Buchanan / Assistant Lecturer