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English proficiency

English is the main language of instruction at Concordia University. Applicants whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admissions proficiency test if not exempted as indicated below. 

These applicants must achieve a satisfactory score on:


  • TOEFL iBT score of 95 with no category below 20.
    The ETS TOEFL code for Concordia University is 0956.
  • Academic IELTS overall band score of 7.0, with no band below 6.5.
  • Duolingo English Test, with a minimum score of 120.
  • Other test scores are indicated on the Graduate Admissions page.

Please note that all test scores are valid for a period of two years.

Language proficiency exemptions:

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be considered for English proficiency waivers*:

  • Quebec applicants who have completed a Diploma of Collegial Students (DEC) AND a university degree in Quebec;
  • Applicants who have successfully completed a minimum of three full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited university in one of the following countries.

*Concordia University reserves the right to require an English proficiency test if deemed necessary.

Other details:

Concordia University’s Centre for Continuing Education offers TOEFL and IELTS preparatory courses several times throughout the year. Learn about Concordia's Test preparation courses.

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