Look into Laurier

Students attending Laurier must have excellent proficiency in the English language to benefit from university instruction presented in English.

If your first language is not English, you’ll be required to submit acceptable evidence of your English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions office. Normally, evidence of English proficiency may be an official transcript satisfactorily demonstrating a minimum of 3 years in an institution that teaches in the English language, or an acceptable score on one of the following tests (see exemptions below). You must make your own arrangements to write the test and have the results forwarded directly to our office. Please mail your proof of English proficiency to the address at the bottom of the page.

Learn English at Laurier

Students who do not meet our English language requirements can choose to pursue an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program offered by one of our education partners or our Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program. We’ll provide conditional offers of admission to academically qualified students who are completing an English language certificate program at one of our ESL partners or through LEAF.

For more information, contact us at leaf@wlu.ca or 519.756.8228 x5621.

Accepted Testing Services

Some testing centres may require our institution code. Laurier’s code is 0893.

The following testing results apply to all of our programs except our double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo (BBA/B.Math. and BBA/BCS). Testing results for these 2 double-degree programs are listed afterward.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Internet-based testing: an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component.
  • Paper-based testing: 560 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • An academic score of 6.5 or higher.

Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB)

  • 85 overall or higher.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

  • 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).

Pearson Test of English Academic

  • 59 overall or higher.

ESL Partners

  • English for Academic Success Program (Renison University College) Advanced Level 400, minimum grade 75%. Email eli@renison.uwaterloo.ca.
  • ESL University Preparation Program (University of Guelph) Advanced Level, minimum grade 75%. Email esl@uoguelph.ca.
  • English Language Studies Program (Conestoga College) Level 4, minimum grade 70%. Email: els@conestogac.on.ca.

Testing Results for our BBA/BMATH and BBA/BCS Programs

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Internet-based testing: an overall score of 90 or higher with a minimum score of 25 in writing and speaking components.
  • Computer-based testing: an overall score of 237 or higher with an essay score of 4.5 or higher.
  • Paper-based testing: 580 or higher with an essay score of 4.5 or higher.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Academic Score of 7.0 or higher.

Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB)

  • 85 overall or higher.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

  • 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).

Pearson Test of English Academic

  • 65 overall or higher.

ESL Partners

  • English for Academic Success Program (Renison University College) Advanced Level 400, minimum grade 75%. Email: eli@renison.uwaterloo.ca.
  • ESL University Preparation Program (University of Guelph) Advanced Level, minimum grade 75%. Email: esl@uoguelph.ca.
  • English Language Studies Program (Conestoga College) Level 4, minimum grade 75%. Email: els@conestogac.on.ca.

Exemptions from English Proficiency Testing

If you have successfully studied in an English instructional educational system on a full-time basis for a minimum of 3 years, and can present acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social science courses from your senior year in a secondary institution (high school), you may not be required to submit an English proficiency test score. If you satisfy the above requirements and wish to be exempt from providing a test score, you must provide our office with a letter detailing the reasons for your appeal, as well as a letter of recommendation from your secondary school principal or designate.

Documentation requesting exemption should be mailed to:

Recruitment and Admissions Office
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3C5


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