Study in Canada without IELTS


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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Aug 3, 2022 19:14 IST

Quite often, students have a query that is IELTS mandatory for Canada? If you are aspiring to study abroad, especially in Canada, then qualifying the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is not a compulsion anymore in many Canadian universities. Apart from being expensive, one needs to put in strenuous efforts for clearing the IELTS exam. So, now the question arises how and where to study in Canada without IELTS? You can do this strategically by choosing to study in universities that do not consider IELTS as a mandatory criterion. 

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To evaluate your proficiency in the English language, popular Canadian universities adopt alternative measures. In some universities, you can get enrolled by producing a letter of recommendation from your previous faculties regarding your English proficiency. There is also an exemption for students of various nationalities regarding English language proficiency test. Many universities of Canada accept various other forms of English proficiency credentials apart from IELTS.  

Alternative English Proficiency Proof for Studying in Canada without IELTS

In many Canadian universities, if you qualify any one of the following criteria, you are eligible to apply sans IELTS:

If you meet one or more of these criteria, you are likely to be eligible to study in most universities in Canada without IELTS. 

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Here’s a list of five Canadian Universities where you can apply without an IELTS score:

University of Winnipeg

University of Winnipeg does not consider IELTS certification as an essential requirement. However, it is compulsory to produce proof of your proficiency in the English language. The University of Winnipeg comes with various cheaper choices such as ELP or the English Language Program. One can avail of this program at the university itself. 

Brock University

To get an enrolment in Brock University, IELTS is not necessary. However, it is good if you have it. This institution considers TOEFL or the university’s Intensive English Language Program (IELP) apart from IELTS. Moreover, if you have completed an International Baccalaureate Diploma where English has been the mode of instruction, then your probability of getting accepted is confirmed. Further, if you have carried out your studies for the past three years in English with decent grades, then those grades can be shown as a substitute for the IELTS.

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University of Saskatchewan

With more and more international students applying to the University of Saskatchewan, the university’s English proficiency requirement is not that lenient. The University of Saskatchewan accepts both IELTS and TOEFL. Besides, it also accepts the CanTEST, which is the Canadian Test of English meant for scholars and trainees of different geographic locations. If you do not have any certification regarding English language proficiency, the university’s English Language Training program is a good option for you. Moreover, if you have three years of full-time study with a school with a Canadian curriculum in English, whether in Canada or not, you are still eligible to apply.

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

This is one of the top-ranked and reputed universities in Canada with approximately 18,000 students and a 66% acceptance rate. The Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador is well-known for offering excellent courses in business management, medicine, and engineering. This is the reason why many international students aspire to get enrolled in this university. If you are interested in studying at this university without IELTS. There is no need to worry as you can submit your TOEFL or CanTEST certification. Additionally, you can also undergo the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) proficiency test. You can also avail of the university’s English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Language Program (ELP) classes.

Cambrian College

The Cambrian College is known for its broad focus on research and after-school employment. This college warmly accepts students from different nooks and corners of the globe. There is an agreement between the Cambrian College and other universities in Canada as per which international students can continue their studies with other educational institutions. For getting an admission to this college, IELTS and TOEFL are not needed. According to the university’s official website, once an international student enters their campus, the college will gauge their English is spoken and written skills.

There are also many institutes in Canada apart from the above-mentioned college and universities that accept international students with IELTS certification. Some of them are tabulated below: 

S No.

Name of University/College


Concordia University


University of Regina


Carleton University


Seneca College, Toronto


Okanagan College

Although studying abroad without IELTS is a great challenge, a student can study in Canada without IELTS. Hence, not having an IELTS score is not a hindrance for an international student when it comes to studying in Canada.

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Snevam Goud

a year ago

Sir,I'm question is I completed diploma in 2017im Diploma student not inter(10+2).can I use medium of instruction instead of English proficiency test.i got 328 in GRE

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

10 months ago

Hi Snevam, please check the entry requirements of the university where you are planning to take admission, if they have asked for the English language proficiency test scores then you need to give the exam else you can apply without it.



a year ago

I have completed my undergraduate entirely in English. My GMAT score is 750 with 96 percentile in verbal section. Schulich business school gave me an Ielts waiver. Do i need to write Ielts for my Canadian student visa .



Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

10 months ago

Hi Arpit, if you have secured admission then you can apply for a student visa.


Vacha Patel

a year ago

I have applied for Canada college and i will be joining my college from january 2022 intake it is a 1 year post graduate diploma course and my ielts score is expiring in january 2022 so will i need ielts score for the 2 nd year course too?

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Kumar Himmat

a year ago

I'm bachelor of civil engineer with more than 6 experience. now I'm planning to pursue master degree from Canadian University in winter season, but i have not give ITLES or any other language test. Please advise for which Universities can i apply without ITLES and what is the process.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

a year ago

Hi Kumar, we have mentioned few universities in the above article. Also, refer to the below link and learn about the application process in Canada:

I passed 12th in 2012. 2012 to 2014 gap. Then i started and completed in 2017. Is it chance to get student visa without ielts?

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