International Course Equivalencies

This chart reflects common equivalency for grade and subject levels in other countries and is intended for information only. The information is not cumulative or historical and may be subject to change without notice. Please consult the Office of the Registrar for clarification on acceptable subject equivalencies.

United States United Kingdom
Nigeria
India Pakistan
Australia China

United States

Alberta United States
Group A  
ELA 30-1
4 Carnegie Units of English (ESL is not accepted towards these units)
Social Studies 30-1 3 Carnegie Units of History, Politics, Geography or Economics
30-level Language 3-4 Carnegie Units of a language other than English
Group C  
Biology 20 1 Carnegie Unit of Biology
Biology 30 2 Carnegie Units of Biology
Chemistry 20 1 Carnegie Unit of Chemistry
Chemistry 30 2 Carnegie Units of Chemistry
Physics 20 1 Carnegie Unit of Physics
Physics 30 2 Carnegie Units of Physics
Science 30 1 Carnegie Unit each of: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Math 30-1 A minimum of 3 Carnegie Units of Math courses including: Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry
Math 30-2 1 Carnegie Unit in each of: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II
Math 31 (Calculus) 1 Carnegie Unit of Calculus

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United Kingdom

Alberta United Kingdom
Group A  
ELA 30-1
A-Level English
ELA 30-2 O-Level English (Grade A to C)
Social Studies 30-1 O-Level in History, Geography, Politics or Economics (Grade A to C)
30-level Language O-Level in a language other than English (Grade A to C)
Group C  
Biology 20 O-Level Biology (Grade D to G)
Biology 30 O-Level Biology (Grade A to C)
Chemistry 20 O-Level Chemistry (Grade D to G)
Chemistry 30 O-Level Chemistry (Grade A to C)
Physics 20 O-Level Physics (Grade D to G)
Physics 30 O-Level Physics (Grade A to C)
Math 30-1 A-Level Math
Math 30 Applied O-Level Math (Grade A to C)
Math 20-1 / Pure Math 20 O-Level (Grade D to G)

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Philippines

Alberta Philippines Post Secondary Philippines Grade 11-12 Curriculum 
Group A    
ELA 30-1 5 or more credits of Post-secondary English Three of: Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, English for Academic Purposes, 21st Century Philippine and World Literature, Creative Writing, and/or Creative Non-Fiction
Social Studies 30-1 Post-secondary course in History, Government, the Constitution or Economics Courses related to culture, society, and the humanities at the grade 12 level
30-level Language Post-Secondary course in a Language other than English Any Philippine Language Courses at the grade 12 level
Group C    
Biology 20 Biology IV Academic Track Biology 1
Biology 30 Post-secondary Biology (Not all courses in a subject area may apply) Academic Track Biology 2
Chemistry 20 Chemistry IV Academic Track Chemistry 1
Chemistry 30 Post-secondary Chemistry (Not all courses in a subject area may apply) Academic Track Chemistry 2
Physics 20 Physics IV Academic Track Physics 1
Physics 30 Post-secondary Physics (Not all courses in a subject area may apply) Academic Track Physics 2
Science 30 Foundations of Natural Science

One of:
 - Earth and Life Science, and Physical Science
 - Earth Science, and General Biology 1
 - Earth Science, and General Chemistry 1
 - Earth Science, and General Physics 1

Math 30-1 One of: College Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Mathematics, Pre-Calculus or courses with MAT1 (code) Academic Track Pre-Calculus
Math 30-2   General Mathematics, and Statistics and Probability
Math 20-1 / Pure Math 20 Mathematics IV  
Math 31 (Calculus) Calculus Academic Track Basic Calculus

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Nigeria

(WASSE, WAEC or NECO Exam results are used to determine course equivalencies)

Alberta Nigeria
Group A  
ELA 30-2 English
Social Studies 30-1 History, Economics, Geography, Government or Commerce
30-level Language A major Nigerian Language (such as Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo)
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Physics 30 Physics
Science 30 Agricultural Science
Math 30-1 Mathematics
Math 31 (Calculus) Advanced Mathematics

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India

Alberta India
Group A  
ELA 30-1 English from CBSE, CISCE, or a letter on institutional letterhead stating the program was English-medium or that English is the language of instruction.
Social Studies 30-1 History, Commerce, Economics, Civics, Psychology, Sociology or Geography
30-level Language A major Language (such as Telegu, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Arabic, French, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya or Marathi)
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Physics 30 Physics
Math 30-1 Mathematics
Math 31 Higher Math

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Pakistan

Alberta Pakistan
Group A  
ELA 30-1 English from CBSE, CISCE, or a letter on institutional letterhead stating the program was English-medium or that English is the language of instruction.
Social Studies 30-1 Pakistan Studies, Islamic Education, History, Geography, Psychology or Economics
30-level Language A major Language (such as Telegu, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Arabic, French, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya or Marathi)
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Physics 30 Physics
Math 30-1 Mathematics

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Australia

Alberta Australia
Group A  
ELA 30-1 English
Social Studies 30-1 History, Geography, Politics, Economics
30-level Language Course in any language other than English
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Physics 30 Physics
Science 30 Agricultural Science
Math 30-1 Mathematics
Math 31 (Calculus) Calculus

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China

Alberta China
Group A  
Social Studies 30-1 History or Geography
30-level Language Course in any language other than English
Group C  
Biology 20 Biology taken for 1 year
Biology 30 Biology taken for 2 years
Chemistry 20 Chemistry taken for 2 years
Chemistry 30 Chemistry taken for 3 years
Physics 20 Physics taken for 2 years
Physics 30 Physics taken for 3 years
Math 30-1 Mathematics

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