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International applicants are expected to have completed a preparatory program that leads to university entrance in their own country. Applications are considered on an individual basis. Applicants should have achieved considerably better than minimum passing standards in their university preparatory work. Possession of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the University. Applicants can review country specific admissions requirements here.

Language Requirements

If an applicant’s first language is not English, official reports with acceptable scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Training Systems (IELTS), the CanTest, the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) must be submitted. Applicants who do not verify their ability to undertake studies in English by submitting such test scores will not be offered admission.

Applicants who meet our admission requirements but whose English skills do not meet language requirements are referred to one of the several language schools in Halifax for assessment.

The following table indicates the English language requirements for international student admission to Mount Saint Vincent University:

Test Score Admission
TOEFL (Computer Test)
226 – 236 Full-time at the Mount
214 – 225 Mount Bridging Program with one university level course
TOEFL (iBT Test)
86 – 92 (no individual score below 21) Full-time at the Mount
80 – 85 (no individual score below 20) Mount Bridging Program with one university level course
6.5 (no individual score below 6.0) Full-time at the Mount
6.0 (no individual score below 5.5) Mount Bridging Program with one university level course
4.5 (no individual score below 4.0) Full-time at the Mount
4.0 (no individual score below 3.5) Mount Bridging Program with one university level course
80 – 84 Full-time at the Mount
76 – 79 Mount Bridging Program with one university level course
60 or higher (no individual score below 60) Full-time at the Mount
50 (no individual score below 50) Mount Bridging Program with one university level course

University Bridging Program

This program allows students with near proficient English to begin their university studies while completing their academic preparatory language training. Students will attend 180 hours of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction while taking one Mount Saint Vincent University course. Successful completion of the program allows students to go on to full-time university studies in the following term. View further information on the Bridging Program.


Academic Note: This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2021-2022 academic year which runs from September 01, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

For information on previous years, please consult the University Academic Calendars web page.

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