English Language Requirements

Who is required to provide an English language proficiency test?

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

TOEFL and IELTS test takers can request electronic submission of scores to universities. We accept electronic delivery directly from the test centre to UBC.

Note:  Test scores are usually received by the University about six (6) weeks after the test date.


Information on the TOEFL test is available at https://www.ets.org/toefl

Information on the IELTS test is available at https://www.ielts.org

Acceptable English Proficiency Tests

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The minimum TOEFL score required of applicants to ECPS graduate programs is at least 550 (paper based) or 90 (internet-based exam). Some ECPS programs require higher scores.

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International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)

A minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component of the academic (NOT general) IELTS test.


Further information can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website