International applicants who are applying for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and whose first language is not English will be required to furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by satisfactory achievement in one of the following:

  1. 1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 213 (or 550 for the paper and pencil version) although some programs require a higher minimum score. Application forms for the TOEFL may be obtained via www.toefl.org ;
  2. 2. The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9. The IELTS is not offered in Canada or the United States but is offered in most other countries. For information, please contact www.ielts.org ;
  3. 3. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made via www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/melab2.htm

Students who are required to present proof of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB and to have the official results sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the testing agency.

Students who are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English and fail to do so may be denied admission. A student who, after admission, shows an inadequate command of spoken or written English must improve his or her proficiency to the satisfaction of the graduate program.


English as a Second Language

The Western Centre for Continuing Education offers non-degree courses and special programs in English as a Second Language. See ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE in the ADMISSION section of this Calendar for more information (Pointer).

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