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English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

The official language of instruction at the University of Waterloo is English. It is the responsibility of the University to ensure that its undergraduate students have sufficient English language skills to cope with the demands of the academic curriculum, as well as, for many, the communication skills to be successful in co-operative education programs.

The English language requirements are distinct from and in addition to Ontario Grade 12 U (university level) English (or equivalent) where it is stated as an admission requirement. 

The University reserves the right to request an English proficiency test score from any applicant and to withdraw any Offer of Admission if the applicant fails to meet the minimum English language requirements for the faculty to which they have applied.

Find out more about the English language requirements including proof of proficiency and acceptable test results.


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