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English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language as part of the application package. Test must have been taken within the last 24 months. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to the College of Graduate Studies are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 (paper version); 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 22 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version). TOEFL scores must be issued to UBC directly from the Educational Testing Centre. Please use The University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus institution code 2499. The reason for taking the TOEFL is "to enter a college or university as a graduate student"
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no component score less than 6.0
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test. 

Graduate programs may set higher English language proficiency scores than those listed above. Please check the program requirements for your area of study.  

English language test scores must be received sealed from the testing agency to be considered official. Photocopies of test scores will not be accepted as official.

Please refer to the College of Graduate Studies entry in the UBC Okanagan Campus Calendar for official English Requirements.

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