Nota : Puisque la Carleton University est une université anglophone, les renseignements qu'elle a fourni sont en anglais seulement.

Language Requirements

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

Students can do this by:

  • Demonstrating they have studied for the last 3 years (full-time) in a high school, college or university in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or any other country in which the primary language is English and where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was exclusively English. *Students choosing this option should note the following:
    • Time spent in ESL courses will not be counted towards meeting these requirements
    • Language requirements will not be waived based on letters written by students or as a result of completing senior-level high-school English courses
    • If in addition to evidence of 3 years of study a student also provides an English language test score, the University reserves the right to review or change the admission decision
    • The University reserves the right to request an English Language Proficiency test from any applicant regardless of their academic background

OR by

  • Submitting an English Language (ESL) test result

More ESL information for international applicants.

Test Score
Minimum TOEFL Score 86 iBT (min. 22 in writing and speaking and 20 in reading and listening)
Minimum IELTS Score 6.5 IELTS (min. 6.0 in each band)
Minimum CAEL Score 70 (min. 60 in each band)
PTE (Pearson Test of English) 60 (min. 60 in each Communicative Skill)
Other Test Scores Cambridge English Language test: 176 or above on C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency – min 169 in each component. Those with test scores below those listed may still be eligible for an offer of admission with an ESL requirement to complete English language foundation courses in their first terms of degree study. For more information on the language test score needed for an offer of admission with an English language requirement, visit Note: Students beginning their studies with an English-language requirement are not eligible for admission to the following programs: Architectural Studies, Health Sciences, Humanities, Information Technology, Industrial Design, International Business, Journalism, Journalism and Humanities, Media Production and Design, Public Affairs and Policy Management, Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas (all).