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English Proficiency

English is the primary language of instruction and communication at St. Norbert College. Students must demonstrate proficiency in English regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.

Proof of Proficiency – Not Required
If you meet any one of the following conditions you are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English:
  • First language (language first learned and still used on a daily basis) is English;
  • Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate degree or graduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction;
  • Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution in the United States or Canada (Anglophone);
  • Has lived and attended university, or been employed for at least four consecutive years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language.
Proof of Proficiency – Required
If you do not meet any of the above-listed conditions, you must demonstrate proficiency in English using one of the following options:
  • TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum acceptable score of:
    • iBT (internet based test): 80
    • PBT (paper based test): 550
      • *N.B., an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater.
  • Successful completion of St. Norbert College ESL advanced level course.
In each case, you must ensure that the official test results or certificate of completion are sent directly to St. Norbert College (Institution Code: 1706) from the testing service. Applications cannot be considered if test results are not available. These scores are the general minimum.

The decision to waive the standard requirement is at the discretion of the International Admission Committee and is based on the strength of the student’s academic performance. It is therefore recommend that all students whose first language is not English take either the TOEFL or IELTS test as part of the application process.

Applicants who have completed a degree program at universities in the following countries may be exempt from proof of proficiency in English:

Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Australia
Bahamas Barbados Belize
Bhutan Botswana Canada
Cayman Islands Dominicana Eritrea
Ethiopia Fiji Gambia
Ghana Grenada Guyana
Hong Kong* India Ireland
Jamaica Kenya Kiribati
Lesotho Liberia Malawi
Marshall Islands Micronesia Namibia
New Zealand Nigeria Palau
Papau New Guinea Pakistan St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia St. Vincent/Grenadines Seychelles
Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands
Tonga Swaziland Tanzania
United Kingdom Trinidad and Tobago Uganda
Zimbabwe United States of America Zambia