Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

English is the primary language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted.

For entry to the Bachelor of Education, there are two ways to meet this requirement:

  1. Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language.
  2. Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of the tests of English language proficiency listed below (TOEFL or IELTS).
Please note that the UBC Bachelor of Education is a post-degree program which leads to professional qualification. As a result, the English Admission Standard for the BEd program is not equivalent to the UBC English Language Admission Standard required for first-entry undergraduate programs.

English Language Assessment:

If you require an English language assessment, we will accept IELTS-Academic or TOEFL-iBT. No other assessment test will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic:Overall band score of minimum 6.5
Minimum 7 on writing and speaking with no band below 6.
TOEFL-ibt or TOEFL-ibt Special At Home Edition:Overall 98
Reading 23, Listening 23, Writing 25, Speaking 27

French Language Requirements

If you are applying for a French specialization, the DELF/DALF is required.

In addition to the academic and admission requirements, all candidates applying to the French specialization of the teacher education program at UBC must demonstrate an appropriate level of French language competency. Your level of French will determine into which practicum option you will be placed.

Applicants who have acquired and use French as an additional language will be required to submit results of the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) or Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) exam and present their results. Please see the DELF/DALF website for details.

Note: Francophone students with a four-year 120-credit equivalent degree from a Francophone university and whose entire degree was completed in French are exempt from this requirement.

If your education was in part conducted in French and/or you are unsure whether you are required to take the DELF-DALF exam, please contact french.educ@ubc.ca to verify your status.