The language requirements for most universities in Canada state that if you have not (i) lived in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language, or (ii) studied at a school full-time for a prescribed number of years where the language of instruction was English, then you need to submit English language scores from a standardized English language testing facility.
These English language policies are different across the 100 universities in Canada, however, the acceptable English language test scores can generally be summarized as:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6 – 6.5 overall on the Academic Module.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): IBT 80 – 88 overall
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Overall band of 60 – 70
These scores can vary significantly depending on the school or program.
There are many excellent Canadian language programs to help international students with language proficiency and enable them to be accepted into post-secondary studies.
Most universities and colleges have affiliated language schools which will allow students to gain conditional acceptance to university or college programs that can be put on hold until the student meets certain language requirements.
There are also now a number of Canadian universities that offer “bridge” programs that allow students to study English while taking credited courses at the university. The language programs are designed to help students specifically with the language requirements for their area of study.
We can review advise you on the English language requirements for the programs you are interested in and also direct you to excellent English language schools or programs if required.