What you need to apply as an international student

The last day for International undergraduate applicants to apply for Fall 2024 is Thursday, May 1. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be processed.
Applications for Fall 2025 will open on October 1, 2024.

International applicants are expected to have completed a preparatory program that leads to university entrance in their own country.

High School Students

In general, secondary school applicants have an average of 70% (5 best scoring academic subjects considered) during their final year of schooling. Applicants looking to transfer from another post-secondary institution must demonstrate an overall GPA of 2.0. Refer to chart below for program specific requirements.

Graduate Students

For students interested in our Graduate (Master’s) program, you can view our Graduate program options, as well as their admission requirements, on the Graduate Studies page.

English Language Requirements

Possession of minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission to the University. Applicants must submit proof of ability to follow a university program taught entirely in English. If English is not your first language, please submit official reports with acceptable scores. For information on English language requirements, please visit the English Test Score Requirements page.

Apply Online

If you have reviewed the Admission and Language requirements and are ready to apply, visit our online application centre. Make sure to pay the application fee afterwards.

Looking for more specific information for International Students? Check out the International Student section of the website to find out more about study permits, International Student Orientation, and a checklist after you have applied.

Admissions Chart

Canadian High School Curriculum

Students in Canadian curriculum high schools must have an overall average of 70% in their five best academic subjects with a minimum of 60% in each individual subject. Each program has specific requirements, please refer to the program requirements chart below to ensure admissibility.

Advanced Placement

The Mount participates in the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Board in Princeton, New Jersey. Students may receive transfer credits for the following Advanced Placement Examinations provided they have achieved grades of four or five: Biology, Computer Studies, Economics, English, Mathematics, Political Studies, Psychology and Spanish. For more information, please visit: Advanced Placement Program

IGCSE / GCSE or Cambridge “O” & “A” Levels

British System applicants need grades of A, B or C in five subjects, including two A (Advanced) levels or four AS (Advanced Subsidiary) levels and three O (Ordinary) level courses, or the equivalent in Scottish Highers or Welsh Baccalaureate. Program specific requirements also need to be met.

International Baccalaureate

Mount Saint Vincent University welcomes applicants holding the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. Students enrolled in the IB program may receive transfer credit for a maximum of five credits for Higher Level IB courses with final grades of five, six or seven upon presentation of the completed diploma. Students receiving transfer credit for IB courses are advised to contact graduate and professional schools to determine the effect of those credits on their plans for future study and their career goals. For more information, please visit: International Baccalaureate Program


Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education BGCSE – with grades of A, B and C

CXC/GCE/CAPE – with grades of A, B or C

GSCE/IGCSE – with grades of A, B or C


Bermuda Secondary School Certificate – with grades of A, B and C


Certificado de Conclusao de Ensino Medio. Minimum 70% average with no mark below 60%.

Test of English: required.


Senior Middle Two and Three results as well as a graduation certificate. Students may also be asked to report scores from the National College Entrance Examination with grades of 70% or above.

English Language test scores required


West African Examinations Council Certificate

Senior Secondary Certificate Examination


Higher Secondary School Certificates awarded at XI or XII – with grades of A, B or C

English Language test scores may be required


Secondary School Certificate (Bachillerata) – with grades of A, B or C or 65% or higher or 0-10 with 7 being acceptable

English Language test scores required


Official Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) – with grades of 1, 2, 3

Official West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) – with grades of A1, B2, B3

Saudi Arabia

Tawjihiyya (General Secondary Education Certificate – GSEC) – with grades of A, B or C

English Language test scores required


Higher Secondary School Certificate (Mathayom Suksa 6-M6) – with grades A, B or C

English Language test scores required


Senior High School Leaving Certificate (Tot Nghiep Pho Thong) – with grades of A, B or C

English Language test scores required

United States

United States graduates will normally have completed grade XII English (College Prep.) plus four additional grade XII academic courses with an overall average of 70% or higher. Certain degree programs may have additional requirements. SAT scores are not required but may be submitted as additional evidence of preparedness for university. The Mount’s ETS institutional code is #0865

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Email international@msvu.ca