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English Language Proficiency

At a glance

  • Credential: certificate of completion
  • Credits: N/A
  • Next start: monthly

The English Language Proficiency program at Athabasca University is an online 4 course series aimed at boosting your English skills for various settings, from university to the workplace. You can complete the program at your own pace, and it's easy to start—just take an online self-assessment and you're on your way!

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About English Language Proficiency

Athabasca University's online English Language Proficiency Program is designed to help non-native English speakers excel in university studies, employment, and social situations. The program consists of four courses, including one required course and three electives tailored to your needs, which you can identify through an online self-assessment. Upon successful completion, you'll receive a certificate of completion and be better equipped to communicate effectively in various settings.

Admission requirements

Before enrolling in this program, you must sign up for a student login and take the online self-assessment test. If you need guidance, you can contact the English language studies coordinator.

You must be 16 or older to become an AU student. You can enrol any time and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Program details


Athabasca University's online English Language Proficiency program focuses on improving your English in 3 important ways:

  • University studies: gain the English skills you need to succeed in college courses
  • Employment: improve how you communicate at work, so your language skills match your experience and education
  • Social situations: boost your confidence and ability to interact in different social settings

The English Language Proficiency program is not an undergraduate program. It is a program made up of specific courses to improve your English language skills. After completing this program, you should be able to use English to communicate in a variety of settings.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 2 years of part-time study. There is no time limit for completion.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

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