English Language Proficiency Requirements

English is the language of instruction and communication at the University of Manitoba. Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English, must demonstrate a command of English sufficient to meet the demands of classroom instruction, written assignments and participation in tutorials and discussions.

Applicant Categories

  1. Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and others whose primary language is English
    All such applicants are deemed to be proficient in English by virtue of having lived and been educated in a country where English is a common or primary language.
  2. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents whose primary language is NOT English
    All such applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English by meeting the University of Manitoba standards as outlined in the following English Proficiency options below.
  3. Student Authorization Applicants (Student Visa)
    All applicants who are NOT Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada and whose primary language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English by meeting The University of Manitoba standards as outlined in the following English Language Proficiency options below. 

English Language Test Score Requirements
If your primary language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate your proficiency in the use of the English language by meeting any of the options listed below. Please note that the information in this section applies to students entering most undergraduate programs of study1. If you are applying for admission to a graduate program, please check their website for information on each program’s English language proficiency requirements.

Test Type Minimum score required
Paper-Based TOEFL
(Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Overall score of 550
with no less than
50 (unscaled) in Reading
50 (unscaled) in Writing
50 (unscaled) in Listening
Internet-Based TOEFL
(Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Overall score of 86
20 in Reading
20 in Writing
20 in Listening
20 in Speaking
CanTEST
(Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
4.5 in Reading
4.5 in Listening
4.0 in Writing
IELTS
(International English Language Testing System)
6.5 overall
MELAB
(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
80
University of Cambridge English:
Advanced Certificate
C
CAEL
(Canadian Academic English Assessment)
60
Pearson Test of English 58%
IAEP
(Intensive Academic English Program)
Pass Level 5

Results for most language tests, including TOEFL, IELTS, and CanTEST, expire two years from the test date and must be valid at the beginning of your admission term. Please confirm the validity of your test results.

1Acceptable tests and minimum required scores are different for the Faculty of Law and International Dentist Degree Program (IDDP). Please refer to the Applicant Information Bulletin for program specific admission requirements.