Eligibility

The exchange program is open to all international students nominated from our partner institutions who meet the English language requirements, as well as other criteria depending on faculty and program.

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English requirements Find out more about language requirements at the University of Toronto
TOEFL and IELTS Minimum requirements and English test scores for graduate and undergraduate-level studies

English language requirements

This information applies to exchange students only. If you are applying to University of Toronto as a degree-seeking student, please see the Enrolment Services website (for undergraduate admissions) or the School of Graduate Studies website (for graduate admissions).

The official language of instruction at the University of Toronto is English. If your first language is not English, or if your home institution does not teach in English, you will be required to demonstrate that you have sufficient ability to complete university-level courses in English. Below you will find the English language proficiency requirements for entry as an exchange student at the University of Toronto.

The English eligibility for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering has changed for the 2017/2018 academic year.

TOEFL and IELTS minimum scores

Effective for the 2017/2018 academic year, the University of Toronto will only accept English test scores from TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT) and IELTS.

We do not accept TOEFL "Institutional Testing Program" (ITP) scores or any other English proficiency tests or examinations for exchange.

The test scores earned either on the TOEFL and IELTS are valid for two years from when the student took the test. For example, students intending to start their exchange in September 2017 must have a valid test score from September 2015 or later.

 

Minimum requirements for undergraduate-level studies in the following Faculties:

Faculty of Arts and Science at the St. George Campus; University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC); University of Toronto Mississauga Campus (UTM); John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design; Kinesiology & Physical Education; Faculty of Music:

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 89 overall +19 on the writing section.
  • The minimum IELTS academic score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Minimum requirements for undergraduate-level studies in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

**new requirement effective for the 2017-2018 academic year**

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 89 overall +22 on the writing section.
  • The minimum IELTS academic score requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

Minimum requirements for graduate-level studies (Masters and PhD)

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 93 overall +22 on the writing/speaking section.
  • The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 7.0 with no band below 6.5.

Minimum requirements for the Faculty of Law

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT): minimum 100 overall +25 on the reading and writing sections.
  • The minimum IELTS score requirement is an overall band of 7.0, with no band below 6.5.

Exemptions

You may qualify for an exemption from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS test score for your exchange application if one of the following applies to you:

  • Your first language is English or if you are a native speaker of English
  • You have completed/are completing four or more years of full-time study in an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English