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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

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 three 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.

Conditional Offers of Admission

Qualified students who do not meet our English proficiency requirements will be awarded a conditional offer of admission to an academic program with an English proficiency condition. Students may meet this condition by successfully completing the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program and may then progress into their undergraduate studies. 

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. The LEAF program is offered at our Brantford campus. 

For more information, visit the LEAF website or contact us at or 519.756.8228 x5621.

Accepted Testing Services

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

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.
  • An overall score of 90 with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Listening, and a minimum of 25 in Speaking and Writing is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • An academic score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MELAB)

  • 85 overall or higher.
  • An overall score of 85 with a minimum of 80 in each component, and a minimum of 3 in Speaking for co-op programs, is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)

  • 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher).
  • An overall score of 70 with a minimum of 60 in Reading and Listening, and a minimum of 70 in Writing and Speaking is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.

Pearson Test of English Academic

  • 59 overall or higher.
  • An overall score of 63 with a minimum of 65 in Writing and Speaking is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

  • Overall score of 176.

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 three 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

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618


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