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English Language Requirements

Ensure you have the language skills to succeed

If your first language is not English, you may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

You may not be not required to give proof of English language proficiency if:

  • you studied at an English language institution for at least 3 years at the secondary level; or
  • you studied at an English language institution for at least one year at the post-secondary level.

When proof of English language proficiency is necessary, you must achieve the following minimum score or above on a recognized English language proficiency test:

(Students applying to graduate studies should view the graduate English language requirements.)

Recognized tests

Test

Minimum Score - Admission

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*

237 (computer-based)
90 (iBT) and no lower than 20 in each band

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.5 overall and no lower than 6.0 in each band

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

81

Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL)

70

Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)

4.5

*Students must achieve 4.0 or better on the essay or TOEFL Writing Test

Applicants should arrange for their English language proficiency test score(s) to be sent directly from the testing agency to:

Dalhousie University TOEFL Code: 0915
Office of the Registrar
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3H 4R2
Canada

Study English for university, at university

If your test scores are lower than our stated minimum but you otherwise meet admission requirements, you may be offered conditional admission provided you complete an ESL program. You have two options for language upgrading. The first is offered through the College of Continuing Education at Dalhousie University.

Option 1: The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is offered at 3 levels: Foundation English, EAP 1 and EAP 2.  Minimum entrance test scores depend on the course level and range between 3.5 – 6.0 IELTS / 30 – 84 TOEFL iBT.  Placement testing can be done at Dalhousie. Courses range from 2 – 3 months up to 1 year. Each level includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, pronunciation and vocabulary development. 

Successful completion of EAP Level 2 with a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate programs and 3.7 GPA for most grauduate programs meets the English proficiency requirements at Dalhousie University.

Option 2:  Students may choose to study English full time at one of our partner ESL schools. Once a student reaches the top-level class, he or she is allowed to register in part-time study at Dal – as long as he or she completes the ESL program.