At Queen's University English is the language of instruction and communication. Proficiency in English is, therefore, a prerequisite for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not recently studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, will be required to obtain satisfactory results in an English language proficiency test, as part of the application process, and before their application will be considered complete. Those tests recognized by the School of Graduate Studies are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Both of these tests are offered widely around the world. International students applying to Queen's should arrange to take one of these tests in sufficient time for the results to be available at the time of application. As a general rule, the minimum Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT)score that is accepted is 88 and the minimum MELAB score is 80. However, individual departments/programs may require a higher score as a standard for admission. It is the applicant's responsibility to consult the department/programs, and the Application Procedures documentation, for more details.
Any applicant whose first language is not English, but who, within the 12 month period prior to the month of application, has studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, may submit with their application a request to be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement. The School of Graduate Studies will review the request. The applicant will be informed of the results of the review.
If a final grade of A- (A minus) or more in ESLA 140 or ESLA 150 from Queen’s University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program is achieved at the time of application, an English language test score may not be required. See Queen’s University School of English
Students may be required to take a remedial course in English and may be required to fulfill additional requirements if accepted into a graduate program.