Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English are required to submit acceptable evidence of their English proficiency. Applicants who have studied in an English instructional education system on a full-time basis for a minimum of 3 years and who have acceptable grades in English and other humanities/social sciences may not be required to submit a test score. Please visit wlu.ca/admissions for further information.

LEAF - Laurier English and Academic Foundation

BRANTFORD CAMPUS 

The LEAF program, which is offered at our Brantford campus, allows academically qualified students who do not meet our English proficiency requirements the opportunity to receive a conditional offer of admission to Laurier pending their completion of Level 5 of the LEAF program. 

How Does the Program Work? 

LEAF courses focus on academic English and they are designed to prepare you for success in university. LEAF is a 5-level program and it typically takes 1 term to complete 1 level. In each calendar year, there are two 14-week regular terms and two 8-week intensive summer terms. Our regular terms are the same length as our fall and winter undergraduate terms, giving you the opportunity to interact with both domestic and international students during the busiest times of the year. 

In Level 5 of the LEAF program, you will be required to complete a course for credit. This will help you get a head start towards completing your degree while you complete your LEAF program requirements. 

To successfully complete the LEAF program, students will need to achieve a minimum grade of 70% in each LEAF course, complete a course for credit and obtain a minimum overall average of 70% in Level 5. 

What Level Will I Start In? 

Check the table below to determine your starting level of the LEAF program. 

LEAF Level

IELTS Score

TOEFL Score

5

6.0

65

4

5.5

50

3

5.0

35

If you don’t have an English proficiency test score, you will be given a placement test to determine which of the 5 levels is best suited for you. 

Will I Receive a Conditional Offer of Admission? 

Conditional offers of admission to undergraduate studies at Laurier will be awarded to academically qualified students for September 2018 entry. This means that a conditional offer of admission to Laurier can be awarded at the same time as an offer of admission is made to LEAF. 

Winter Term
  • January 8 - April 20, 2018

Spring Term

  • April 23 - June 15, 2018

Summer Term

  • June 24 - August 17, 2018

Fall Term

  • September 4 - December 21, 2018

For more information about the LEAF program, visit the LEAF website.

Score Notes
Minimum TOEFL Score Internet-based testing: an overall score of 83 or higher with a minimum score of 20 in each component. Paper-based testing: 560 or higher. An overall score of 90 with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Listening, and a minimum of 25 in Speaking and Writing is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.
Minimum MELAB Score 85 overall or higher. An overall score of 85 with a minimum of 80 in each component, and a minimum of 3 in Speaking is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.
Minimum IELTS Score An overall score of 6.5, a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and Speaking and 6.0 in Reading and Listening.
Minimum CAEL Score 70 overall or higher (each band 60 or higher). An overall score of 70 with a minimum of 60 in Reading and Listening, and a minimum of 70 in Writing and Speaking, is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.
PTE (Pearson Test of English) An overall score of 59 or higher. An overall score of 63 with a minimum of 65 in Writing and Speaking is required for double-degree programs with the University of Waterloo.
Other Test Scores (CAE) CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: ADVANCED cambridgeenglish.org/exams/advanced Overall score of 176.