Graduate Pathways Certificate Launched

The Graduate Pathways Certificate (GPC) was approved by the Provost on January 13th. This zero-credit certificate ties formal English training, delivered by the USLC, with a conditional admission to a graduate program. This is the first graduate certificate program of its kind in Canada.

The GPC will attract academically well-qualified graduate applicants who fall short of meeting the English proficiency admission requirements and provide them with optimal language training in an academic setting at the UofS.  It also offers a distinctive opportunity to students who have financial support from their country of origin but lack the language capacity to meet the English requirements of North American universities to pursue graduate studies at the UofS.  

Only the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based (TOEFL IBT) are acceptable for determining admission to the GPC. Minimum required proficiency levels are as follows:

Test Type Minimum each area Minimum Overall Score
Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based (TOEFL IBT) 15 65
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 4.5 5.0

This initiative builds upon existing successful collaborations between the CGSR and the UofS Language Centre: the ESL Bursary Program (established 2009) and GSR 981: Canadian Academic Acculturation (established 2011) as well as the existing English for Academic Purposes Program in existence since 1995.

Students are encouraged to discuss this option with their academic unit. Detailed information on application and admission processes can be found here.

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