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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 must submit evidence of your English proficiency to our Recruitment and Admissions office. You must submit a satisfactory score on an accepted test of English proficiency (listed below) unless you qualify for an exemption. 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 mailing address below.

English Proficiency Minimums

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

Accepted Tests of English Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Internet-based testing (TOEFL iBT): 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 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Michigan Language Assessment (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 (PTE)

  • 59 overall or higher.

Cambridge Assessment English (CAE)

  • Overall score of 176.

Conditional Offers of Admission

Applicants who are academically qualified but do not meet our English proficiency requirements may be awarded a conditional offer of admission to the university. This condition may be met by submitting a satisfactory score on a test of English proficiency or by completing the Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program.

Academically qualified applicants who are eligible for levels 3, 4 or 5 of the LEAF program will receive a conditional offer of admission to an academic program and an offer to attend LEAF. Upon successful completion of the LEAF program, students may progress into full-time undergraduate studies. 

LEAF Program Level Eligibility

LEAF program level eligibility is determined according to your most recent score on a test of English proficiency.

Your IELTS Score Your TOEFL Score LEAF Level
6.0 65 5
5.5 50 4
5.0 35 3

Note: All accepted tests of English proficiency may be used to determine LEAF program eligibility. Please email the LEAF program office at leaf@wlu.ca to see what level you may qualify for based on another test of English proficiency.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The LEAF program is an academic English program for future Laurier students and designed to prepare them for success in university. The LEAF program is offered at our Brantford campus. For more information about the LEAF program, visit the LEAF website or contact the LEAF program office at leaf@wlu.ca or 519.756.8228 x5621.

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 demonstrate acceptable grades in English and other humanities or 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. 

Mailing Address

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

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

E: chooselaurier@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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