Language requirements

Courses at the University of Ottawa are given in English, French or both languages. You must master one of the two languages to be admitted. We reserve the right to request the result of a language test at any time if necessary.

French-language programs

If you’re applying for a French-language program and have not completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where French is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses) in a country where French is an official language, you must submit your official score in one of the following language tests.

We also offer language test exemptions for international students studying a Canadian curriculum.

Remember: Language requirements are not based on citizenship. They are based on your country of study.

Language tests


You must achieve the scores below for all programs offered in a direct-entry faculty. Even if you achieve the required score, we reserve the right to have you take language courses if we feel that your knowledge of one of our two official languages is not satisfactory. All language proficiency tests must be completed less than two years before the beginning of the term indicated on your application for admission to the University of Ottawa.
 

Test Required score
DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) C1 or C2
DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) B2 (A score of 16/25 is required in Production écrite)
TCF (Test de connaissance du français)

*The three mandatory sections are required.

Only the TCF Tout Public and the TCF DAP are accepted for admissions purposes.
B2*
TEF EXPRESS B2

English-language programs

If you’re applying for an English-language program and have not completed at least three years of full-time study in an institution where English is the only language of instruction (aside from in language courses) in a country where English is an official language, you must submit your official score in one of the following language tests. The official results must be sent directly to us online from the test centre.

Remember: Language requirements are not based on citizenship. They are based on your country of study.

We also offer language test exemptions. See below.

You must achieve the scores below for all programs offered in a direct-entry faculty. Even if you achieve the required score, we reserve the right to have you take language courses if we feel that your knowledge of one of our two official languages is not satisfactory. All language proficiency tests must be completed less than two years before the beginning of the term indicated on your application for admission to the University of Ottawa.

IELTS (University of Ottawa Institution Code: 0993)
 

Test Overall score Writing section
IELTS 6.5 6.5


The University of Ottawa is authorized to receive test scores electronically. However, keep the following in mind: Your official IELTS results must be sent to us electronically directly from the test centre. Be sure to include our institution name in the STED RO section of your request as well as our institution code (code 0993) with the option to electronically transmit test scores.

  • Submitting your TRF (test report form) number is not sufficient to send your results.
  • Be advised that we only accept academic IELTS test results.
  • Ensure that the name and date of birth indicated on your test is the same as what you entered on your University of Ottawa application.

TOEFL (University of Ottawa Institution Code: 0993)
 

Test Overall score Writing section Listening section Reading section  
TOEFL IBT Internet-based 86 22 n/a n/a  
TOEFL IBT Paper-delivered n/a 22 20 20  

TOEFL Home edition

86 22 n/a n/1  
TOEFL Essentials. This test also has a speaking section. An 8 is required 8.5 8 8 8  
Test Overall score Writing section
PTE 60 60
CAE C1 n/a
DuoLingo 120 n/a
CAEL
A score of 60 is required in the reading, speaking and listening performance sections.
60 60

Depending on your language test scores, you might be admitted with language conditions. You may be required to enrol in one or two English-as-a-second-language courses during first year or complete the English Intensive Program (EIP).

The English Intensive Program is a great way to improve your English language skills and prepare to enrol at the University of Ottawa. You might have to enrol in and pass the EIP before you can start your program. If you pass the most advanced EIP course (ESL 0140) with a final grade of B or higher, you will not have to pass one of the above language tests.

Note: Students who have applied for admission to the Telfer School of Management or the Bachelor of Integrated Food Sciences are not eligible for the English Intensive Program.

Required test Minimum score for conditional admission with enrolment in the English Intensive Program
TOEFL Internet based

Overall score of 60 and writing score of 20

or

Overall score of 70 and writing score of 16

IELTS

Overall score of 4.5 and writing score of 5

or

Overall score of 5 and writing score of 4.5


Learn more about the English Intensive Program (EIP)

Contact the EIP:

Centre for Language Learning
Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute 
[email protected]

 

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