If you're looking for a world-class education in an engaging environment, you've come to the right place. TWU's professors are leaders in their fields and our campus is in one of the best locations in Canada.

TWU is recognized under the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education's Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation for providing quality post-secondary education.

Below you'll find important information about getting into TWU. For more details on programming, please go to our International Student's website or contact our Admissions office.


Students must have standing in five subjects of which at least two must be taken at the Advanced level.

Students may be eligible for three semester hours of credit for each Advanced level course completed to a maximum of 12 semester hours provided that a minimum grade of C is achieved in that course. Departments will determine if credit awarded is general or course specific.

The following equivalents will be considered:

  1. School Certificate: same as GCE with at least two passes at the principal level of the Higher School Certificate.
  2. Certificate of matriculation from recognized universities.
  3. International Baccalaureate with at least two subjects at the higher level.
  4. Other countries: write or email the Admissions Office for information.


Official supporting documentation must be submitted. Documents that cannot be replaced should be sent via registered mail.

Items submitted to TWU Admissions become property of Admissions at Trinity Western University and will not be returned under any circumstances.


English is the language of instruction at TWU.  All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency in both oral and written academic English.

Here are the eight ways to meet TWU’s English Language Proficiency Requirement:

1.  Submit official TOEFL(1), IELTS(2), CAEL(3),or Duolingo(4) exam results, meeting the admission requirement in the table below. Test results are valid for admission to TWU for two years. Tests taken before the two years will not be valid for admission. These results must be submitted at the time of application.


Minimum score 

TOEFL Test of English Foreign Language Internet-Based Test Overall Score: 88 with a minimum score of 21 in each of the four areas and a TWE of at least 5.
IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic) Overall score: 6.5 with 6.0 on Writing Band
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language Assessment
*Testing is offered at TWU’s Langley campus
Overall score: 70
Duolingo English Test The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Trinity Western University when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. Overall score 110 +

TWU Institution Code is 0876

2. Trinity Western University has developed multiple pathways for Undergraduate students to study English at the University. Completion of these programs meets the English Proficiency requirement. These programs include ESLI (English as a Second Language International) and U1 (University Transition) at our Langley campus, and TLC (Trinity Language Center) and ATC at our Richmond campus. Students entering via an English Pathway (ESLI or TLC) will be will be assessed for English skills during Orientation and students will be placed in the appropriate level.

3. Complete three consecutive years of full-time high school or post-secondary education in English within Canada or approved countries immediately prior to enrolment at TWU. Approved countries are: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Anguilla, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Trinidad, Tobago, Caicos and Turks, the Bahamas and Bermuda. 

4.  Complete four consecutive years of full-time high school or post-secondary education in a North-American curriculum, where English is the principal language of instruction (outside of approved countries) immediately prior to admission to TWU.

5.  Achieve a final grade of 4 or better on the AP (Advanced Placement English Language and Composition or AP Literature & Composition.

6.  Achieve a final grade of 3 or better on the IB English 12 A1 or A2 (HL) or a final grade of 4 or better on the IB English 12 A1 or A2 (SL) or IB English 12 B with a grade of 4 or better.

7.  Achieve a final grade of C or better on the GCSE O-Level English Language-A.

8.  Achieve a final grade of B or higher in six credits of post-secondary studies in English courses in an approved English-speaking country equivalent to TWU ENG103 and TWU ENG 104.

(1) TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language
(2) IELTS = International English Language Testing System
(3) CAEL = Canadian Academic English Language Assessment


Students whose TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL scores do not meet the minimum requirement but who qualify academically to attend TWU may seek entrance to the University through the English as a Second Language International (ESLI) program at Trinity Western. These students must register with ESLI and will be assessed regarding their English skills during Orientation, at which time they will be placed in the appropriate ESL level. Upon completion of level 5, they may enrol in a degree program without a TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL score.


Transfer credit from international schools must be assessed by an external international credit evaluation agency. All transcripts sent to an international credit evaluation agency must be official documentation. International evaluation reports that are based on unofficial transcripts will not be accepted for transfer credit.

To avoid delays in receiving transfer credit, students should submit an international credit evaluation report during the admission process. The cost is determined by the agency.

TWU recommends the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) through BCIT, a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada. This agency conducts evaluations for several B.C. universities. They may be contacted at

Students are welcome to use World Education Services (WES), International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS), International Credentials Assessment Services, or any evaluation agency that is a member of the Alliance of Credential Services of Canada.