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Being 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.

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for future Laurier students. If you don’t meet Laurier’s English language proficiency requirements, the LEAF program can help.

We offer four terms every year:

  • September – December (14 weeks)
  • January – April (14 weeks)
  • April – June (8 weeks)
  • June – August (8 weeks)

Before you start the LEAF program, submit your most recent IELTS or TOEFL score to to determine which of our 5 levels you will start in.

Your IELTS Score Your TOEFL Score LEAF Level You Will Start In
6.0 65 5
5.5 50 4
5.0 35 3

If you don't have an English Proficiency Test score, you will write our placement test to determine your level when you arrive in Brantford. When you successfully complete a level, you will progress to the next level. When you successfully finish level 5, which includes completing a course for credit that can be used towards your degree program at Laurier, you have met Laurier’s English proficiency requirements and can move on to undergraduate studies.

How to Apply

There are three ways to begin your LEAF program studies at Laurier, which vary depending on your academic goals and how you apply to the university.

  1. If you are applying to undergraduate studies through our International Application website and wish to attend LEAF, check the "LEAF" option on your application.
  2. If you are applying to Laurier through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), you do not need to apply directly to LEAF. Applicants who do not meet Laurier’s English language proficiency requirements will be assessed for a conditional offer to an academic program, with the condition that they complete the LEAF program. After successfully completing their LEAF studies, applicants may progress into their undergraduate studies.
  3. If you wish to apply to the LEAF program only and not to undergraduate studies, you should complete the LEAF Program Registration Form.

See the International Admissions Toolkit for instructions on how to apply to Laurier.


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