English Language Requirement
All applicants for admission to Undergraduate Studies at SFU, regardless of country of origin or citizenship status, must demonstrate competence in the English language in one of the following six ways, depending on where you are completing your education. (Note that enrollment in first-year writing intensive courses requires higher grades than admission grades. See our FAQs.)
- completion of the last three years of full-time secondary education in English in Canada or another country where the principal language of instruction is English. A minimum blended grade of 60% or C in one of English 12, English Literature 12, or English 12 First Peoples, or their equivalents, is required.
Note: a final, blended mark of 75% will permit enrollment in a writing-intensive (W) course.
- completion of the last four years of full-time secondary education in English at a recognized International school where the principal language of instruction in the country is not English. A minimum grade of C or 60% in senior level English is required.
- completion of IB English A1/A2 or English Literature and Performance (HL or SL) with a minimum grade of 3.
- completion of a three unit transferable English course or certified W (writing intensive) course with a minimum grade of C-.
- completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than 6.0.)
- completion of TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) with an overall score of 88 or better with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, reading).
- Completion of the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) with an overall score of 70, with no part less than 60.
- Completion of the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with an overall score of 65, with no part less than 60.
For more information on the literacy requirements visit New Admission Standards.
For information on Graduate (Master's and Doctoral) English language requirements please visit Dean of Graduate Studies