Language requirements

Courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. Therefore, you must master one of the two official languages to be admitted. The University of Ottawa reserves the right to request the result of a language test at any time, if necessary.

French-language programs

If you are applying for a French-language program and you have not completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where French is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses), located in a country where French is an official language, you must provide us with your official results in one of the following University-approved language tests.

Language tests 

Scores indicated below are required for all programs offered in a direct-entry faculty. Even if you achieve the required score, we reserve the right to ask you to take language courses if we feel that your knowledge of one of the two official languages is not satisfactory. Test scores are valid for two years. 

Required Scores

Test Required Score
DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française - French only) C1 or C2
DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française - French only) B2 
TEF (Test d’évaluation de français - French only) B2 
TCF (Test de connaissance du français - French only) B2
TESTCan 4

English-language programs

If you’re applying for an English-language program and you have not completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where English is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses), located in a country where English is an official language, you must submit your official score in one of the following language tests recognized by the University.

Language tests

Scores indicated below are required for all programs offered in a direct-entry faculty. Even if you achieve the required score, we reserve the right to ask you to take language courses if we feel that your knowledge of one of the two official languages is not satisfactory. Test scores are valid for two years.

Required Scores

Test Overall score Required score in written section
TOEFL
University of Ottawa Institution Code: 0993

Internet: 86
Computer: 237
Paper-based: 580

22
4.5
4.5
University of Ottawa CanTEST Averaged listening and reading: 4.5 4
IELTS 6.5 6.5
EPT (MELAB) 90 85
CAEL 70 60
PTE 60 60

English Intensive Program (EIP)

Students who successfully complete the most advanced level (ESL 500) of the English Intensive Program offered by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) at the University of Ottawa with a final grade of at least B satisfy the language requirements, and don’t have to pass one of the language tests described above.

For more information, visit the English Intensive Program website or contact:

Second Language Intensive Programs
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute 
eip@uOttawa.ca
613-562-5980

Exemptions

We will consider offering you an exemption if you meet, or are in the process of meeting, one of the following requirements: 

  • passing at least 18 Ontario secondary school courses (excluding ESL and technical courses), or the equivalent in another Canadian province 
  • passing the International Baccalaureate English A course with a minimum grade of 4 
  • passing an A or AS Level English (non-ESL) course with a minimum grade of B
  • passing an Advanced Placement in English Language and Composition or Literature and Composition course with a minimum grade of 4 
  • achieving a minimum score of 550 (old SAT) or 31 (new SAT) on the SAT writing section
  • passing the CBSE or CISCE senior English subject with a minimum final grade of 75% (Indian grading scale). If you are currently attending secondary school, interim grades (for example, pre-board exam results) will be used.

If you are in the process of meeting one of these requirements, you must provide interim grades.

If you believe you meet one of these requirements and that the University should exempt you from having to submit the results of an English language proficiency test, email eureka@uOttawa.ca to make your request.

The University of Ottawa reserves the right to refuse exemption requests.

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