Language Proficiency Requirements

Programs at the Keele Campus are offered in English, while programs at our Glendon Campus are offered in a bilingual (French/English) environment. To gain admission, you must demonstrate proficiency in your program’s language of instruction.

For Admission to a Program Offered at Keele

If you are applying for a program offered in English and have not completed four full years of study in English at the secondary-school level in a country where English is a primary language or where English is the primary language of instruction, you must demonstrate your language proficiency in English. Some exemptions may apply, visit for details.

Students who have completed, or are in the process of completing, the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma may meet our English language requirements. Students must show achievement of the IB diploma once it's been granted.

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education reserves the right to request a language proficiency test result. An English language proficiency test score is required for applicants who do not have English as their first language. Please contact the Faculty directly at 416-736-5001 or visit for more information.

For Admission to a Program Offered at Glendon

If you are applying to Glendon, you have the option of providing proof of language proficiency in either English or French. You can provide an acceptable English language test or write the French Language Admissions Test administered by Student Recruitment & Applicant Relations (416-487-6710,

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, SAT/ACT scores or as a result of completing senior-level high-school English course(s).

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 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 Academic 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

Language Test Scores

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


York English Language Test

Test of English as a Foreign Language
(York’s TOEFL code is 0894)

International English Language Testing Service
Minimum Score:
Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (most programs); Environmental Studies; School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design; Glendon; Health; Lassonde School of Engineering (BA/BSc programs); Science
Overall band: 1-5 iBT: 83 6.5
Minimum Score:
Overall band: 1-4 IBT: 89 7
Minimum Score:
Schulich School of Business
Overall band: 1 iBT: 100 7.5
Minimum Score:
Lassonde School of Engineering (BEng programs)
Overall band: 2 iBT: 96-99 7.5

The above requirements are general guidelines only. See York may accept other language proficiency tests such as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) and Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE). Visit for details.