Language Requirements

  • If you are applying for an English-language program and you have not completed at least 3 years of full-time study in an institution where English is the only language of instruction,  located in a country where English is an official language, you must submit your official score in 1 of the following language tests recognized by the University.
  • If you are applying for a French-language program and you have not completed at least 3 years of full-time study in an institution where French is the only language of instruction, located in a country where French is an official language, you must provide us with your official results in 1 of the following University-approved language tests.
  • Competency in English and French is compulsory for French, Translation, and Nutrition programs. If you apply to these programs, you must pass a language proficiency test (with a minimum grade of at least 70%) prior to admission.
  • If you apply to Second-Language Teaching, you must have an excellent knowledge of the language you intend to teach. A language proficiency test is required.
Score Notes
Minimum TOEFL Score

iBT: 86 overall, with 22 in Writing

Paper delivered: no overall score, 22 in Writing, 20 in Listening and Reading

University of Ottawa Institution Code: 0993
Minimum MELAB Score 90 (overall score)
Minimum IELTS Score 6.5 (overall score) with 6.5 in Writing
Minimum CAEL Score 70 (overall score)
PTE (Pearson Test of English) 60 (overall score) with 60 in Writing
Other Test Scores CanTEST, PTE (60 overall score)