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

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and others whose primary language is English 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.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents whose primary language is not English

All such applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in English by meeting University of Manitoba standards through one of the English language proficiency test options below.

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 University of Manitoba standards through one of the English language proficiency test options below.

English language proficiency test options

If your primary language is not English, you must demonstrate your proficiency in the use of the English language by meeting any of the options listed below.

The information in this section applies to students entering most undergraduate programs of study, except for the Faculty of Law and International Dentist Degree Program (IDDP), which have their own acceptable tests and minimum required scores. Please refer to the applicant information bulletin for program specific admission requirements.

If you are applying for admission to a graduate program, please check your program for information on each program’s English language proficiency requirements.

Results for language tests 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.

Test options

IAEP (Intensive Academic English Program)
  • Minimum score required: Pass Level 5/AEPUCE (Academic English Program for University and College Entrance)
IELTS (Academic) or IELTS Indicator (International English Language Testing System)
  • Minimum score required: 6.5 overall
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Assessment)
  • Minimum score required: 60
TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  •  Minimum score required: 
    • Minimum overall score of 86, and
    • Minimum component scores:
      • 20 in Reading
      • 20 in Writing
      • 20 in Listening
      • 20 in Speaking
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees
  • Minimum score required:
    • 4.5 in Reading
    • 4.5 in Listening
    • 4.0 in Writing
Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced
  • Minimum score required: 180
Cambridge Assessment English: C2 Proficiency
  • Minimum score required: 180
Pearson Test of English
  • Minimum score required: 58

Criteria for English language proficiency waivers

Under certain circumstances you may request a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement. You will need to provide supporting documentation to show that you meet one of the following conditions to receive the waiver:

  1. Ten consecutive years of residency in Canada that may include years of study in Canada. The period of residency will be the time lapsed between the "Landed On" date on the "Record of Landing" document and the start of the program.
  2. Successful completion of a three-year secondary school program in Canada, or three years of post-secondary education in Canada, or any combination of three successful calendar years of secondary and post-secondary education in Canada.
    • Successful completion of secondary studies equates to meeting the entrance requirements of the University of Manitoba. Secondary education must include Grade 12 where appropriate and completion of five course credits per year.
    • Successful completion of post-secondary education equates to a minimum completion of 72 credit hours or equivalent.
  3. Graduation from a Manitoba high school, with five credits at the Grade 12 level, which include two credits of English at the 40S level with an average grade of 75%.
  4. Graduation from a Canadian curriculum secondary school (other than Manitoba curriculum) with a year 12 English literature grade of 75% or higher.
  5. Achievement of a grade of four or greater on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level English course, or a grade of four or greater on the Advanced Placement English examination (Language Composition; Literature and Composition).

Additionally, applicants will receive the waiver if they verify conditions equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 listed above in a country where English is the primary language.

Countries exempt from English language requirements

Students from the following countries are exempt from the English language proficiency requirements.

    • Antigua & Barbuda
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Botswana
    • British West Indies
    • Canada
    • Cayman Islands
    • Channel Islands
    • Christmas Islands
    • Cook Islands
    • Denmark
    • Dominica
    • Faroe Island
    • Falkland Islands
    • Fiji Islands
    • Finland
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Gibraltar
    • Gilbert & Ellice Islands
    • Grenada
    • Guam (USA)
    • Guyana
    • Isle of Man
    • Ireland (Republic of)
    • Jamaica
    • Kenya
    • Kiribati
    • Leeward Islands
    • Lesotho
    • Luxembourg
    • Malawi
    • Malta
    • Mauritius
    • Namibia
    • Netherlands
    • New Caledonia
    • New Hebrides
    • New Zealand
    • Norfolk Island
    • Norway
    • Pitcairn Islands
    • Nigeria
    • Puerto Rico
    • St. Kitts & Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent & Grenadines
    • Sierra Leone
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Tanzania
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Turks & Caicos Islands
    • Tuvalu
    • Uganda
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    • Virgin Islands (USA)
    • Virgin Islands (UK)
    • Wake-Midway Island (USA)
    • Windward Islands
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

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