You Can Get Into These 5 Canadian Universities Without IELTS

Are you out of school and planning to study abroad? Did you know that you can apply to a number of prestigious Canadian universities without IELTS in 2022?

There is no denying that Canada is a popular choice for international students to broaden their horizons. The 450,000 study permits granted last year testify to its success and appeal as a study destination.

For years, IELTS has been a popular English proficiency test required by universities as proof that a student can cope with the academic writing and teaching material of an English-speaking environment. However, it has become increasingly unpopular among international students from English-speaking backgrounds.

This includes factors such as its high fees and short validity period. Several Canadian universities, however, have found more feasible alternatives for measuring an applicant’s English proficiency, either waiving it or offering alternative programs for them to demonstrate their English proficiency.

That being said, you can apply for undergraduate programs at these five Canadian universities without IELTS.

5 Canadian Universities You Can Apply To Without IELTS In 2022

Queen’s University, Kingston

Queen’s University notes that you can contact the university if you think submitting an English proficiency test is not applicable to you.

Alternatively, if you have not taken IELTS or failed to meet its requirements, you can opt for the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme, an intensive 12-week program to help you face the rigors of academic writing.

You may be exempt from providing proof of your English proficiency if you have met any of the following requirements.

Although located in the French-speaking province of Quebec, the primary language of instruction at McGill University is English. Source: Daniel Slim/AFP

McGill university

McGill University is a leading institution in Canada, based in the French-speaking province of Quebec. However, the primary language of instruction and communication at McGill University is English and you must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in the language, regardless of your citizenship status or country of origin.

You may be exempt from providing an IELTS score if you have met the following English language requirements here.

If you haven’t met the above requirements and need more time to brush up on your English, consider enrolling in their intensive six-week English language and culture course. Upon completion, you will receive the McGill English Proficiency Certificate.

If you want a cheaper English test option, consider opting for the Duolingo English test, which costs around US$49 (around C$61.50 at the time of writing) and is accepted by more than 3,500 institutions worldwide.

Concordia University

Like McGill University, to enter undergraduate programs at Concordia University you may be exempted from providing an IELTS score if you have completed the Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) du Québec.

If you have not met any of the English proficiency requirements listed here, you will be tested on a university-defined English proficiency test, regardless of your nationality.

If you applied to an academic program and received a conditional offer you can choose to take the Intensive English Program (IEP) at university. Once you have achieved a final grade of 70% or higher for IEP Advanced Level Two, you meet Concordia University’s English proficiency requirements. More details about the IEP program can be found here.

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is ranked 34 in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2023. You may be exempt from providing an English test result to qualify for its university programs if you have:

  • Has completed or is completing four or more years of full-time university studies at a recognized Canadian school (in Canada) that teaches in English
  • Have completed/completed four or more years of full-time university study at an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English
  • Your first language is French and you have completed four or more years of full-time university studies in a Canadian school

There are also alternative tests to IELTS here.

The University of Toronto also offers an English Language Program (ELP) to help you quickly master your English proficiency to meet your language needs.

University of Ottawa

If you have completed at least three years of full-time study at an institution where English is the sole language of instruction, you may be exempt from submitting an IELTS score to the University of Ottawa. This applies to the following countries.

You may also be exempt from submitting your IELTS score if you have met the following conditions.

If you have not met the English language requirements to pursue university programs at the University of Ottawa, you can enroll in their English Intensive Program (EIP) to brush up on your English skills.

Finally, remember that your university reserves the right to ask for the results of a language test at any time. they can also refuse a request for a language test exemption. Contact the admissions office for details.

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