Students attending Laurier must have excellent proficiency in the English language to benefit from university instruction presented in English.
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 through LEAF.
If your first language is not English, you’ll be required to submit acceptable evidence of your English proficiency to our International Recruitment and Admissions office. Normally, evidence of English proficiency is an acceptable score through an accepted testing service. You must make your own arrangements to write the test and have the results forwarded directly to our office.
More information on our English proficiency requirements can be found in our international admissions toolkit.
Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) is an academic English program for students who meet Laurier’s academic requirements but not Laurier’s English proficiency requirements. You can study academic English in our LEAF program starting with any level of English. No TOEFL or IELTS scores are needed. LEAF is a 5-level program and we will test you when you arrive to see which level you should start in.
Once you graduate from LEAF, you can go directly into the academic program you received a conditional offer of admission for.
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