Note: Since the Laurentian University is a bilingual university, the information it has provided is in either English or French, based on the language of the program.

Language Requirements

Language Requirements for All Applicants

If English is not your first language or mother tongue, you should provide evidence of your English language proficiency through one of the entry requirements or language tests below.

Academically admissible applicants who do not present appropriate English Proficiency Requirements will be automatically offered a conditional offer of admission based on completion of the English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program in Laurentian University’s Language Institute.   


English Proficiency Requirements Minimum score/ level
You have been educated in Canada and your first language is English, or you are a bilingual Francophone Canadian The equivalent of grade 12 academic English
Your 3 most recent years of full-time education were taught in a setting where English is the language of instruction for 100% of the time (excluding language courses) either in Canada or in another country.

Official transcripts indicating subjects taught, grades achieved, and language of instruction must be provided by your high school and/or post-secondary institution(s).


We will also consider official letters from your school’s principal or head of guidance verifying that all subjects (excluding language courses) were taught in English.

Enrollment in Cambrian College’s English Academic Preparation (EAP) program. Completion of the Cambrian College EAP pathway program level 2 with a minimum score of 80% to be eligible for direct entry into Laurentian University programs.
Completion of one of Laurentian University’s English Language Pathway Programs

Students can meet language requirements by pursuing one of the following: 

  • Completing the Cambrian College EAP pathway program level B with a minimum score of 80% for direct entry into Laurentian University programs. 


  • Completing the International Language Academy Of Canada ( ILAC) EAP Level 16 or Certificate PW 3.3 for direct entry into Laurentian University programs.

Note: English as a Second Language (ESL) programs do not qualify you for this exemption and cannot be included in the number of years of full-time education in an English-language school system.  IB and/or AP English courses also do not qualify for an exemption from the English language requirements.

Test Score
Minimum TOEFL Score 88 iBT; 230 CBT;
Minimum IELTS Score 6.5 No band lower than 6.0
Minimum CAEL Score 70, with 60 in writing proficiency
CANTest 4.5 overall No part below 60
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Minimum score: 60
Other Test Scores

Minimum Cambridge English Proficiency grade of C.

DuoLingo English Test: 110 overall; no band lower than 95

3 years of full-time, senior-level studies in an English-language high school or postsecondary institution (official documents required; evaluated on an individual basis; at the Admissions Committee's discretion).

Students without a score may complete an approved English for Academic preparation program. Please contact us for more details.