6. Proficiency in the English Language

English is both the working language and the primary language of instruction and examination at The University of New Brunswick. It is essential that all students be able to communicate and comprehend effectively, both orally and in written form, in English.  All International applicants to the School of Graduate Studies whose mother tongue is not English (including International applicants who are Landed Immigrants or residents in Canada) are required to demonstrate a competency in the English language which will enable them to participate fully in the academic life of the University. Proficiency in English must be demonstrated by one of the following means which will not be waived:

The normal method for demonstrating English competence is through completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL --minimum score of 550-- including the Test of Written English (TWE) --minimum score 4.0]. Information concerning the TOEFL and TWE is available at United States embassies and consulates, Offices of the US Information Service, or directly from Test of Written English as a Foreign Language, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA; web site: http://www.toefl.org. Please see the second bullet under ―Please Note in this section.

Proficiency in English may also be demonstrated through completion of one of the following tests, and must include any written components of that test battery: 

-- the British Council English Language Test – ELTS (minimum score of band 7);

-- the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery -- MELAB (minimum score of 85); or 

-- the Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees – CanTest (minimum score of band 4.5). 

Proficiency in English may also be demonstrated through the completion of a minimum of two years of university level education within the past five years, where the language of both instruction and examination was in English. Where this university is not in a country such as Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Australia, or New Zealand for which an official transcript is accepted as sufficient documentation, the required documentation to be submitted will be a copy of the official transcript plus a certified (i.e. by Registrar or equivalent university official) letter indicating the specific courses from the transcript in which both the ―instruction and examination were in English. In such circumstances, the School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to require evidence of a TOEFL, ELTS, CanTest, or MELAB score that meets the university’s stated requirements.

NOTE: Applications will be regarded as incomplete unless the test scores are received by the School of Graduate Studies directly from the Testing Agency.

  • Some UNB GAUs require a higher standard on the tests than those indicated as the minimum for the School of Graduate Studies (for example, many GAUs require a score of 580 to 600).  Candidates for admission are responsible for verifying the required standard with the specific GAU.
  • If the School of Graduate Studies determines prior or subsequent to admission that an applicant's proficiency in English is not adequate, the student may be required to enrol in and successfully complete a UNB English language course(s) [ENGL 5021/5022/ESL 1017/1018 (S.J)  or equivalent] in order to maintain registration in the Graduate School. 
  • The School of Graduate Studies will not issue the final "Certificate of Acceptance" until the relevant English proficiency requirement is met.  Official certificates of acceptance are sent only by the School of Graduate Studies and are valid only for the date of commencement of studies indicated thereon. 

Should further clarification be required, please contact the School of Graduate Studies via E-mail (gradschl@unb.ca), by fax (506-453-4817), or by phone (506-453-4673).