Trinity Western University

International Students

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants must possess proficiency in both oral and written academic English. Those applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate this proficiency regardless of their academic qualifications. TWU accepts official original results from TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, and the ESLI Proficiency exams. These results must be submitted at the time of application. Applicants may also complete the academic TWU/ESL program (see Academic ESL Requirements). As well, students must complete WRTG 101 and ENGL 101 in their first year of full-time study at Trinity Western University.

Proof of English language proficiency is required from all international students with the exception of natives of the following countries (for whom English is their first language):

  • Australia
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Countries of the West Indies except Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia
  • South Africa

In the case of those who are not native to these countries but who have studied at a high school or post-secondary level in one of them, proof of English language proficiency is still required if less than four years of study have been completed. In cases of four years or more, the student's completed application will be reviewed and the language requirement may be waived. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Students must submit a letter of appeal requesting this requirement be waived. If it is waived, WRTG 101 must normally be completed in the student’s first semester.

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This page contains official TWU academic program information.