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, Engineering and
    Baccalauréate en éducation, Français Langue Seconde)

    Nursing, Radiography, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Education

    IELTS (Academic)

    Overall score of 6.5 with no 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

    TOEFL essentials

    8.5 (overall) no score below 8.0

    Not accepted

    CAEL (including CAEL Online)



    Pearson Test of English



    Cambridge B2 First, C1
    Advanced or C2 Proficiency

    Overall score of 176 with 176 in writing and
    no other skill below 169

    Overall score of 185 with 185 in writing and speaking; 176 in reading and

    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.