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Language proficiency

Most classes at UVic are taught in English.

You must provide proof that you are proficient in the English language to attend UVic.

You are exempt from this requirement if:

  • English is your primary language
  • you’ve spent the last three years before coming to UVic in an English-speaking country
  • you have a degree from a designated English-speaking country
  • you have a degree from a recognized institution at which the language of instruction is English

We accept three language tests as proof of language proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB.

Official test score reports must be sent directly to UVic by the testing agency.

We cannot accept test scores more than two years old.

Minimum test scores

Note: Individual departments may set a higher standard for minimum test scores.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

We require a minimum score of 90 from the internet-based TOEFL (IBT). You must also score at least 20 points each in the listening, speaking, reading and writing sections.

We require a minimum score of 575 on the paper-based TOEFL.

UVic's TOEFL institution code is 0989.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

We require minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS. No individual component can have a score lower than 6.0. We will only accept results from the Academic IELTS.

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

A score of 90 on the MELAB will be accepted as proof of English proficiency.

Note: Individual departments may set a higher standard for minimum test scores.

University Admission Preparation (UAP)

If you are unable to provide proof of language proficiency you may still be considered if you meet all other admission requirements. In this case, you’ll complete UVic’s University Admission Preparation (UAP) course. Your prospective academic unit must be willing to admit you under this condition. You must complete the UAP with a grade of at least 80%.

UAP is a 12-week program offered in January, April and September. It is also offered in an intensive four-week format every summer.

Visit our English Language Centre for more information about UAP.

University English preparation courses

Unfortunately, we do not accept university English preparation courses from other institutions.

Need help?

Contact our graduate student recruiters if you have questions about the application process or studying at UVic.

Contact your program’s graduate secretary if you have a specific question about your program or application to UVic.

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