English language requirements for coming to UBC on exchange

Accepted tests and requirements

All UBC courses are taught in English, with the exception of some language and literature courses offered in the Faculty of Arts.

If your first language is not English, you must take one of the exams below (unless this requirement has been waived in UBC's exchange agreement with your university). Check with your university's exchange office for more information. Tests taken more than two years prior to application for admission will not be considered.

Many graduate programs at UBC require higher TOEFL scores than those listed below. If you are applying for graduate studies, please ensure that you meet the TOEFL scores listed in UBC's Calendar.

Test: Competency Level
CAE - Certificate in Advanced English B
CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language assessment, *with speaking sub-test Overall score: 70, *60
CEL - UBC Certificate in English Language 600
CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English C
IELTS - International English Language Testing System (Academic) 6.5 with no part less than 6.0
MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (with the MELAB Oral Interview) 85
PTE - Pearson Test of English (Academic) Overall score: 65
Reading: 60
Listening: 60
Writing: 60
Speaking: 60
Test: CELPIP - Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program Competency Level
CELPIT-A (Academic Reading and Writing) 4L
CELL (Listening) 4L
CELTOP (Speaking) 4L
Test: TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, ONE of Competency Level
Internet-based test Overall score: 90
Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Writing: 21
Speaking: 21
Paper-based test Reading 55
Listening 55
Writing 55*
*(4.0 on Test of Written English)
Computer-based test with the essay No longer accepted
Institutional Testing Report (ITP) No longer accepted

Application, dates and practical info

Discipline-specific exchanges

Not from a university partner?

Visiting, Unclassified, and Access Studies students are part of Non-Degree Studies, which is for students taking UBC courses without pursuing a UBC degree.

Non-degree studies is an option if you:
  • You have already completed a degree
  • You are completing an undergraduate degree at another institution
  • You want to take courses for general interest outside of a degree program

Visit Non-Degree Studies content for more information and to find out how to apply.


Wendy Kang

Email enquiries + drop-in advising

When emailing us, please include:
  • Your student number in the subject line
  • Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email
Drop-in advising (Extended Hours) January 3rd - 19th

Mon: 10:00 am - 11:30 am | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Tue: 10:00 am - 11:30 am | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Wed: 10:00 am - 11:30 am | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Thu: 10:00 am - 11:30 am | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Fri: 10:00 am - 11:30 am | 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Drop-in advising

Mon: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wendy Kang

Incoming Exchange Advisor

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Telephone: 604 822 0942

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1783 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2