Proficiency in English
A student attending Wilfrid Laurier University must have sufficient facility in the use of the English language to understand and profit from instruction given in English. Students whose native tongue is not English are to submit to the Admissions Office, evidence acceptable to the university of their proficiency in English. Normally, this evidence is an acceptable score on one of the following:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The Michigan Test of English
Language Proficiency (MELAB)
The Canadian Academic English Language
English for Academic Success (Renison College)
Intensive English Language for Academic Success (Conestoga College)
Applicants who have studied successfully in an English instructional educational system on a full-time basis for a minimum of three years and who can present acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social science courses from their senior secondary year, may submit a request to be exempted from the English Language Proficiency requirement as stipulated above. Applicants who wish to apply for this exemption must provide the Admissions Office with a letter written by them detailing the reasons for their appeal and include a letter of recommendation from their secondary school principal or designate. The appropriate admissions committee assesses the request for exemption of this requirement.
Conditional Admission Policy
Laurier may conditionally admit students into degree programs who are academically qualified but do not meet English proficiency requirements, provided they successfully complete English language training at an approved institution prior to commencing their degree. Our partner institutions are Conestoga College, the University of Guelph and Renison College at the University of Waterloo. Please see the Admissions website at /admissions for further information.