If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate that you can cope with the language demands of an English-language university.
If you apply to an undergraduate program at Lakehead University, you may meet our English language requirements if you successfully completed, or are in the process of completing, three full years of recent study in an English-language school system.
If English is not your native language, and you cannot verify that you recently studied in an English-language school system for more than three full years of full-time study, you will be required to present proof of English-language proficiency.
Lakehead University accepts the following as proof of English-language proficiency:
- Successful completion of a recognized language test (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL or MELAB) with the required minimum scores
- Successful completion of Lakehead University’s Academic English Program
- Successful completion of one of our approved Pathway Partner’s ESL programs
See more details about our English-language requirements.
Note: Some academic units may require a higher score; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Lakehead University. Grade 12 University English (ENG4U) cannot be used to satisfy the English-language proficiency requirement.
|Minimum TOEFL Score||Internet-based: 80 (no component score less than 19) Computer-based: 213 (no component score less than 17) Paper-based: 550 (no component score less than 50)|
|Minimum MELAB Score||85|
|Minimum IELTS Score||6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0)|
|Minimum CAEL Score||60|
|Other Test Scores||The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program requires higher scores as listed below:
TOEFL - Internet-based: Total score of 103 and minimum individual score in the following areas:
IELTS: Overall score of 7 and minimum individual score in the following areas:
Test results must be submitted before an admission decision will be made.