Are you planning to apply to universities in Canada, as well as the US? There are many world-renowned universities in Canada. In fact, the country boasts 4 of the top 100 universities in the world – the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, and the University of Montreal.
You already know you need to take the TOEFL to be admitted to top US universities, but do Canada’s top universities require TOEFL scores too? Find out in this post.
TOEFL Requirements at Canada’s Top 4 Universities
1. University of Toronto
The University of Toronto is ranked #1 in Canada. It’s a huge public research university with a total enrollment of 84,556 students in the 2014 school year.
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If English is not your first language and you have completed less than 4 years at an English-speaking school, you will need to prove your English proficiency to be admitted as an undergraduate. There are many ways to prove your English abilities, and the TOEFL is one of them. The minimum required score is a 100. If you feel like you’re already proficient English speaker, you should still study for the TOEFL before you take it!
Graduate students are also required to prove their English proficiency if your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-English speaking university. The TOEFL is one of 6 options you have to prove your language skills. Generally, most programs require a minimum score of 93, however, you should consult your department’s site for the most accurate information.
2. University of British Columbia
UBC is ranked #2 in Canada, and #30 in the world. It’s located in Vancouver.
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Undergraduates whose first language is not English will need to prove their English language proficiency. There are nine ways to do this, and the TOEFL is one of them. If you choose to take the TOEFL, the minimum required score is a 90.
Graduate student applicants from a university outside of Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide an English language proficiency exam as part of their application. You can take the TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, PTE or choose from one of the alternative tests. The minimum score required for the TOEFL is an 80.
3. McGill University
McGill is a public research university that is ranked #3 in Canada, and #44 in the world. It’s located in Montreal (which is a bilingual–French and English–city!)
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McGill requires undergrads to prove their English language proficiency, however there are a lot of ways to exempt yourself from providing this proof. You can find all of those exemptions here. Essentially, if English is not your first language and you have not completed many courses in English, you will need to prove your skills. Like other Canadian universities, there are several ways you can provide proof, and the TOEFL is one of them. You will need a minimum score of 100 for Education and Management majors, 79-80 for Music majors, and 90 for all other majors.
Graduate students will have to prove English proficiency as well, if English is not your first language and you have not studied at an English-speaking university. The TOEFL is an accepted way to prove your English abilities, and a minimum score of 86 is required for admissions.
4. University of Montreal
The University of Montreal is also located in the city of Montreal, and is ranked #4 in Canada, and #96 worldwide.
Despite its close proximity to McGill, the language of instruction at the University of Montreal–or, more accurately, Université de Montréal–is French. So you don’t need to prove English proficiency to study here, but French proficiency, which is definitely not in our realm of expertise. 🙂