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From ULethbridge International College Calgary to the University of Lethbridge: Building Your Bridge to Academic Achievement
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From ULethbridge International College Calgary to the University of Lethbridge: Building Your Bridge to Academic Achievement

About ULethbridge International College Calgary

ULethbridge International College Calgary (UICC) is a pathway college in the heart of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The school serves as a stepping stone for aspiring international students seeking a smooth transition to university-level studies at the University of Lethbridge, one of Canada’s top research universities. 

UICC is a particularly popular choice for international students, with the school ranking #1 in medical and science research grants in the undergraduate category, and boasting a 95% graduate employment rate. Every year, over 1000+ international students from 90 countries gather on campus to kickstart their academic future in Canada, and students can connect with more than 52,000 successful alumni worldwide. 

Quick facts about Calgary 

  • Calgary is Canada’s sunniest city, with approximately 333 days of sunshine per year!
  • It’s also the 2nd most liveable city in North America (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2023)
  • Calgary is really easy to get around, with the most bike paths in North America
  • With over 240 different ethnic origins, you can find an inclusive community almost anywhere

What is a pathway program and how does it work?

A direct pathway program is designed to provide a streamlined route for students to progress from one level of study to another—typically from a foundational or preparatory program to an undergraduate degree program. These programs are common at institutions like UICC that offer pathway programs for international students or students who may need additional academic preparation before entering a formal degree program at a university. 

At UICC, students can enter one of two UTPs, depending on their current academic standing and English proficiency: 

UTP Stage I: Foundation

This 8-month long (two academic terms) intensive program bridges secondary school and undergraduate studies, and forms the backbone of UICC’s pathway program. The eight courses that students will take focus on helping develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills while simultaneously strengthening English language proficiency. At this stage, students will benefit from smaller class sizes, personalized attention from dedicated faculty, and a supportive environment that fosters academic confidence. 

Intake dates for UTP Stage I are as follows:

  • January
  • May
  • September

UTP Stage II: Business Management

Upon successful completion of Stage I, students will enter Stage II: Business Management for three academic terms, which is equivalent to the first year of business studies at ULethbridge. Once students have satisfied the necessary university admission requirements for Stage II, they will be eligible to apply to transfer to ULethbridge or ULethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business as a second-year student. 

Intake dates for UTP Stage I are as follows:

  • January
  • May
  • September

See here for more information on UICC’s UTP Stage I: Foundation and UTP Stage II: Business Management. 

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Who can apply?

Students from all over the world are eligible to apply to UICC. 

Admission requirements

To be admitted to University Transfer Program Stage II (UTP Stage II), applicants will need to have successfully completed Grade/Year 12 of secondary school or its equivalent. Entry into UTP Stage I requires the successful completion of Grade/Year 11 of secondary school. Additional requirements, both overall and for individual subjects, may vary depending on the program.  

Minimum requirements

  • Students must turn 17 by the last day of their first semester in order to be admitted

*Note that meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Academic entry requirements

Math 

  • For entry into the UTP Stage II Business program, students will need to have satisfactorily completed secondary school mathematics (or equivalent)

English requirements

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for all UICC applicants. Students can gain either direct entry or integrated entry into the program depending on their level of English. For either entries, the table below illustrates common English language exams that applicants can take to demonstrate an appropriate level of English:

English Language RequirementsDirect EntryIntegrated Entry
IELTSOverall score of 5.5Overall score of 5.0
TOEFL iBTOverall score of 69Overall score of 59
Duolingo English Test9580
International Baccalaureate (IB) EnglishHL/SL 3HL/SL 2
Post-Secondary2 years full time academic study in Canada or a country where English is recognized as the primary language.1.5 years full time academic study in Canada or a country where English is recognized as the primary language.
Country where English is recognized as the primary languageSuccessful completion of a minimum of three consecutive years of full-time academic study in English at a secondary school in Canada or another country where English is recognized as the primary language. N/A

See here for a full list of accepted tests and score results.

How to apply

To submit your application: 

  1. Apply through an Education Agent in your country, OR
  2. Apply online through the StudyLink Connect Application Portal

Note that in your online application form, you will need to attach your:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • English language proficiency results (if required)
  • Copy of your passport’s photo page

Sources: ULethbridge International College Calgary

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