International Admissions

» International Admission Requirements

Fall/Winter Session - Full-time University Study

Applicants will apply for admission through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).Applications, fees and official required documents must be received by the Office of the Registrar by April 1 for September admissions consideration.

Applicant Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each applicant to submit directly to the Office of the Registrar:

  1. official transcripts from all institutions previously or presently attended, such as secondary schools, colleges and universities;
  2. proof of name change, if academic documents show a name other than that under which application is made (i.e. marriage certificate, notarized statements of legal name change or other legal documents); and,
  3. evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not the applicant’s first language.

Ontario secondary school applicants should ensure that they understand how information is processed through their school to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre and the responsibility the applicant has in providing required information or documents directly to the OUAC and the University.

Applicants who withhold, misrepresent or fail to provide information related to previous academic records may have their admission offer revoked or be required to withdraw from the University.

Proof of Proficiency in English

For applicants who are in a region where IELTS or TOEFL test centres have been closed due to COVID-19, Nipissing University will be temporarily accepting the TOEFL® Test Special Home Edition and the Duolingo English Test for Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 intake.  Applicants must meet the following minimum scores in order to satisfy English proficiency requirements.

· TOEFL® Test Special Home Edition

  • Undergraduate/Post-Baccalaureate programs: Minimum score of 83 with a minimum score of 20 in reading, listening and writing, and a minimum score of 22 in speaking
  • Graduate programs:  Minimum score of 93 with a minimum score of 20 in reading and listening and a minimum score of 22 in speaking and writing.

· Duolingo English Test

  • Undergraduate/Post-Baccalaureate programs:  Minimum 110
  • Graduate programs:  Minimum 115

All applicants to Nipissing University undergraduate degree programs (excluding BEd) from countries where the dominant language of instruction is other than English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission consideration.

Permanent Resident applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide proof of proficiency in English. Permanent Resident applicants whose first language is not English but who have lived at least three years in Canada, or a country where English is the dominant language may be exempt.

Applicants can demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion of three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  2. Completion of three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the dominant language. These years must be immediately prior to attending Nipissing University.
  3. Achieve the required proficiency level on one of the following tests of English language proficiency:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  minimum score of 83 (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 in reading, listening and writing, and a minimum score of 22 in speaking. The Nipissing University TOEFL institution code is #3614
    2. International English Language Test Service (IELTS):  minimum overall band score of 6.5 with a minimum 6.5 in reading, listening, speaking and writing.
    3. Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  minimum overall score of 58 with a minimum score of 56 in speaking, writing, reading and listening.
  4. Completion of an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a minimum score of 5 or better in HL or SL English A: Literature or HL or SL English A: Language and Literature.
  5. Graduate from a regionally accredited US secondary school and achieve a minimum score of 4 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition.
  6. Achieve a minimum grade of B in GCSE, IGCSE or GCE Ordinary Level English Literature or English Language, a minimum grade of C in GCE A Level or AS Level or AICE or CAPE English or English Language, or a minimum score of M3 in Cambridge Pre-U English.
  7. Achieve a minimum score of 75% or better in the All India Senior Secondary School Certificate (ISSC) Core or Functional English or the Indian School Certificate (ISC) English, issued by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE).

Applicants who have met all of Nipissing University’s admission requirements except for the English language proficiency requirement can enrol in an EAP program. Applicants who enrol in one of the following programs will receive a conditional offer of admission. By successfully completing the program level indicated below, applicants can begin their studies at Nipissing University without further testing.

UOIT English Language Centre: Level 5

AYJ Global EAP Program: Highest Level

Brock University’s Intensive English Language Program: Level 5

Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI): Advanced Level 10

Capital English Solutions: College/University Preparation Course (CUPIC)

CultureWorks: Level 7

Applicants who have successfully completed EAP programs associated with other Canadian universities and obtained that university’s minimum level for admission consideration may also be considered to have met Nipissing University’s English language proficiency requirement. 

Alternatively, Nipissing University may enter into an agreement with a Languages Canada accredited program/school to offer such services on its campus, with similar minimum levels of proficiency.