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Language Proficiency Requirements

If you apply to an undergraduate program at York, you may meet our English-language requirements if you have successfully completed, or are in the process of successfully completing, one of the following:

  • Four full years of study in Canada in English or French at the secondary-school level.
  • Four full years of study at the secondary-school level in English in a country where English is a primary language.
  • One full year of study in an accredited university degree program in English in a country where English is a primary language.

  • Two full years of study in an accredited college diploma program in English in a country where English is a primary language.

Note: Time spent in ESL courses will not be counted towards meeting these requirements. Language requirements will not be waived based on letters written by students or as a result of completing senior-level high-school English courses.

These are general guidelines only. York University reserves the right to request a successfully completed language proficiency test.

If you are unsure whether or not you meet York's language requirements, you should submit an acceptable English-language test score as soon as possible to avoid potential delays in the processing of your application for admission.

Language test scores are reviewed in combination with academic credentials to determine your admissibility to the University.

Applicants to the Glendon Campus

Since Glendon is a bilingual (French/English) campus, you may choose to provide proof of language proficiency in either English or French. You may choose to write one of the acceptable tests of English noted below or the French Language Admissions Test administered by the Glendon Recruitment and Liaison Office (416-487-6710, liaison@glendon.yorku.ca).

Acceptable Language Test

Minimum Score: Most programs

Minimum Score: Education, Engineering, Schulich School of Business

York English Language Test (YELT)

Overall band: 5

Overall band: 1-2

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Paper-based test: 560
Computer-based test: 220

Paper-based test: 600
Computer-based test: 250

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)



Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)



Language Test Exemption for Students who Complete Courses at the York University English Language Institute (YUELI)

YUELI offers a range of non-credit, full-time and part-time English-language training courses that prepare students for university study.

Completion of the YUELI Intensive Program Level 6 with Distinction, Honours or Pass satisfies York's English Language Proficiency requirements for admission to most of York's undergraduate programs. Engineering and the Schulich School of Business programs require Distinction.

For more information, contact YUELI at 416-736-5353 or visit http://www.yueli.yorku.ca/.


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