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English Language Proficiency Requirements


Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate they can cope with the language demands of an English language university. Applicants to an undergraduate or graduate program may meet our English language requirements if 3 full years of recent study in an English language school system have been successfully completed or are in the process of being successfully completed.

Applicants whose native language is not English, and who cannot verify having recently studied in an English language school system for more than 3 full years of full-time study, will be required to present proof of English language proficiency as follows:


 Minimum Score

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper based)

550 (no component score less than 50)

TOEFL (Computer based)

213 (no component score less than 17)

TOEFL (Internet based)

80 (no component score less than 19)

Lakehead University's Institution Code for TOEFL scores is 0888.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0)

MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery


CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment


Some academic units may require a higher score and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Lakehead University.

For Graduate Degree Programs:

Where the language of instruction and examination in undergraduate studies has been uniformly in English, official documentation from the institution indicating that the primary medium of instruction is English must be submitted upon request. This official documentation must come directly from the institution in the form of an official letter that states that the student's medium of instruction was English for three full years or more. This letter must be signed by the institution's Registrar or Chief Officer. This letter must also bear the original stamp or seal of the institution.