Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate that you can cope with the language demands of an English-language university.

You may meet our English language requirements if you successfully complete, or are in the process of completing, three full years of recent study in an English-language school system.

You are required to present proof of English-language proficiency if English is not your native language, and you cannot verify having recently studied in an English-language school system for more than three full years of full-time study.

We accept the following as proof of English-language proficiency:

  1. The successful completion of a recognized language test (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL or MELAB) with the required minimum scores
  2. The successful completion of our Academic English Program
  3. The successful completion of one of our approved Pathway Partner’s ESL programs

For more information, see our English-language requirements.

Please be advised that some academic units may require a higher score and that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to Lakehead University. Grade 12 University English (ENG4U) cannot be used to satisfy the English-language proficiency requirement.

Score Notes
Minimum TOEFL Score

Internet-based: 80 (no component score less than 19)

Computer-based: 213 (no component score less than 17)

Paper-based: 550 (no component score less than 50)

Minimum MELAB Score 85
Minimum IELTS Score 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0)
Minimum CAEL Score 60
Other Test Scores Test results must be submitted before an admission decision is made.