English Requirements for Undergraduate Programs

English Language Proficiency Requirements

The language of instruction at the University of Prince Edward Island is English. All academically admissible applicants, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship status, are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to undertaking studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Proficiency may be demonstrated by:

Undergraduate programs

  1. Three years of full-time study in English in Canada or in another country where English is a principal language (as recognized by UPEI); evidence of bilingualism (English and another language) is acceptable for those applicants educated in Canada in a language other than English; OR
  2. Submission of an official test score at or above the acceptable minimum, such as:


Arts, Science, Business and Baccalauréate en éducation, Français Langue Seconde

Nursing, Radiography, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Education

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing no other band below 6

Overall score of 7 with 7 in writing and speaking; 6.5 in reading and listening

TOEFL paper-based test

550 with minimum TWE of 5.5

600 with minimum TWE of 6

TOEFL internet-based test

80 with minimum of 20 in each category

100 with a minimum of 25 in speaking and writing, 22 in reading and listening







CAEL (including CAEL online) 60 70
Pearson Test of English 58 66

Cambridge Advanced English

CAE A-C: 176-184 after Jan. 1/15

CAE A: CPE A & B; 185-190 after Jan. 1/15

GTEC CBT 1176-1250 1250 and above

English 621*



Applicants without English proficiency test scores, or with scores below the minimum, may be admitted conditionally (NOT available to applicants seeking admission to Nursing, Radiography, Education or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), and will be assessed by the EAP Coordinator upon arrival. Depending upon the assessment result, students may be placed in either full-time or part-time EAP. Part-time EAP is taken in combination with up to three credit courses. Upon successful completion of EAP, with an acceptable test score as noted above, these students will be eligible to begin academic studies without conditions related to English language proficiency.

*Prince Edward Island high school course English 621 or an analogous grade 12 academic English course from another Canadian Provincial curriculum.

Visit the English Academic Preparation (EAP) website for more information.