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IELTS Band Scores For Canada Universities

In this article, we will cover the IELTS requirements for Canadian Universities according to the Times Higher Education and QS rankings.

IELTS Requirement for Canada

While there isn’t a minimum Canadian IELTS requirement for immigration, language requirements to enter a top Canadian University are rather stringent, with both an overall score and per-section prerequisites.

For good universities, it is often a total score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6 per section.

Here are the minimum IELTS requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Canadian universities in the world’s top 200.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2022

The Times Higher Education World Rankings is one of the world’s most established metrics. It judges universities based on five key performance indicators- teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

RankName of institutionGlobal RankIELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)
1University of Toronto186.56.5
2University of British Columbia376.56.5
3McGill University446.56.5
4McMaster University806.56.5
5University of Montreal88Contact institutionContact institution
6University of Alberta1256.56.5
7University of Ottawa1626.56.5
8University of Calgary201-2506.56.5
9Simon Fraser University201-2506.56.5
10University of Waterloo201-2506.56.5
11Western University201-2506.56.5
12Dalhousie University251-3006.57.0
13Université Laval251-300Contact institutionContact institution
14Queen’s University251-3006.5Contact institution
15University of Manitoba301-3506.56.5
16University of Victoria301-3506.56.5
17York University401-5006.56.5
18University of Guelph501-6006.56.5
19University of Saskatchewan501-6006.56.5
20Carleton University601-8006.56.5

QS World University Rankings in 2022

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Rankings is another of the world’s premier ranking systems. It rates the world’s universities by institution and subject through academic, student, employer, and international indicators.

RankName of institutionGlobal RankIELTS minimum requirement (undergraduate programmes)IELTS minimum requirement (postgraduate programmes)
1University of Toronto266.56.5
2McGill University276.56.5
3University of British Columbia466.56.5
4Université de Montréal111Contact institutionContact institution
5University of Alberta1266.56.5
6McMaster University1406.56.5
7University of Waterloo1496.56.5
8Western University1706.56.5
9University of Ottawa2306.56.5
10University of Calgary2356.56.5
11Queen’s University at Kingston2406.5Contact institution
12Dalhousie University2726.57.0
13Simon Fraser University2986.56.5
14University of Victoria (UVIC)3346.56.5
15Université Laval414Contact institutionContact institution
16University of Saskatchewan4586.56.5
17York University4776.56.5
18Concordia University521-5306.56.5
19University of Guelph581-5906.56.5
20Université du Québec591-6006.56.5

If you have not met the IELTS requirement for your desired university, there are a few options you can take.

Your application is assessed holistically, which allows you to make up for your low IELTS score with other academic and professional achievements.

Otherwise, you can retake the test, focusing on your weaker sections, and submitting the new score to the university.

Do note that scores are subject to change. For the latest information, please refer to each institution’s website and/or contact the Admissions Office directly.



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