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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.

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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Caribbean Countries

Alberta Caribbean Countries
Group A  
ELA 30-1 CAPE English
ELA 30-2 CSEC English A
Social Studies 30-1

Caribbean Studies, Geography,  Government, Economics, Social Studies, History, Law or Sociology

30-level Language French or Spanish
Group B  
Art 30 Visual Arts or Art and Design
Drama 30 Theatre Arts
General Music 30 Music
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Math 30-2 CSEC Mathematics
Math 30-1 CAPE Pure Mathematics
Math 31 Additional Mathematics
Physics 30 Physics
Science 30 Integrated Science

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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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Ethiopia

Alberta Ethiopia
Group A  
ELA 30-1 English
Social Studies 30-1 Civics, Economics, Geography, History
30-level Language Language other than English
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Math 30-1 Natural Math
Math 30-2 Social Math
Physics 30 Physics

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Hong Kong

(HKDSE or HKALE exam results are used to determine course equivalencies)

Alberta Hong Kong
Group A  
ELA 30-1 Use of English (Advanced Supplementary Level)
Social Studies 30-1 Liberal Studies, History, Geography, Chinese History, Economics
30- level Language Language other than English
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry30 Chemistry
Math 30-1 Mathematics (Compulsory Part)
Math 31 Mathematics (extended modules containing Calculus)
Physics 30 Physics
Science 30 Integrated Science

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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

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Kenya

Alberta Kenya
Group A  
ELA 30-1 English
Social Studies 30-1 Geography, History, Government
30-level Language Language other than English
Group B  
Art 30 Art and Design
General Music 30 Music
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Math 30-1 Mathematics
Physics 30 Physics
Science 30 Physical Science

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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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Pakistan

Alberta Pakistan
Group A  
ELA 30-1 No recognized equivalent
Social Studies 30-1 Pakistan Studies, Islamic Education, History, Geography, Psychology, Economics
30-level Language Language other than English
Group C  
Biology 30 Biology
Chemistry 30 Chemistry
Math 30-1 Mathematics
Physics 30 Physics

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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   Academic Track Biology 1, Biology IV
Biology 30 Post-secondary Biology (not all courses in a subject area may apply) Academic Track Biology 2
Chemistry 20   Academic Track Chemistry 1, Chemistry IV
Chemistry 30 Post-secondary Chemistry (not all courses in a subject area may apply) Academic Track Chemistry 2
Physics 20   Academic Track Physics 1, Physics IV
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, Advanced Mathematics, Math Plus or courses with MAT1 (code) Academic Track Pre-Calculus
Math 30-2 Basic Math, Essential Math, Foundations of Math, Applied Math, Business Math, Math of Investment, Math Analysis for Business, Statistics (with Math program code), Applied Math 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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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 A-Level or O-Level in History, Geography, Politics or Economics (Grade A to C)
30-level Language A-Level or 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 A-Level Biology or O-Level Biology (Grade A to C)
Chemistry 20 O-Level Chemistry (Grade D to G)
Chemistry 30 A-Level or O-Level Chemistry (Grade A to C)
Physics 30 O-Level Physics (Grade A to C)
Math 30-1 A-Level Math
Math 30-2 O-Level Math (Grade A to C)
Math 20-1 / Pure Math 20 O-Level (Grade D to G)

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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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