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English proficiency requirements – undergraduate degrees

English Proficiency Requirement

Because all courses at CityU are taught in English, all incoming students must demonstrate proficiency in English prior to enrollment, in addition to any other admission requirements of their prospective program. English proficiency policy is overseen by the Office of Academic Affairs.

All incoming students applying for undergraduate degrees must demonstrate a college-level proficiency by submitting one of the following:

  1. Official transcripts showing a posted undergraduate degree from one of the recognized countries (Canada, U.S.A, U.K., N.Z., Australia, Ireland)
  2. One the following official test scores:
Standardized Test Score Undergraduate Programs
 iTEP Academic Plus 4
TOEFL iBT 76
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band 6.0
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) Overall 60
Writing 60  
 PTE (Pearson Test of English) 51
Duolingo 100
 Cambridge English Cambridge English First (FCE)

How does an applicant demonstrate that he or she has met CityU’s English language proficiency?

Once the CityU applicant has submitted his/her English language waiver petition, he or she may be asked to be interviewed by the ELP Director.

During this appointment, the applicant will have a 10 minute oral interview with the director. Following the interview, he or she will be given a multiple choice grammar test and an essay topic and will write a concise, one-page response within a 50 minute time period.

  • Interview: 10
  • Grammar: 30
  • Writing: 50
  • Total time: 90 minutes

Where does the English Language Proficiency interview take place?

Applicants will be required to come in person to their local CityU Canada site for a phone interview the ESL Director of CityU Seattle.

When will the applicant know the results of the oral/written interview?

The director of English Language Programs will send an email response to both the applicant and his or her advisor within 3 business days.

Link here for Petition for English Proficiency Waiver.