University of Toronto English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at the University of Toronto, and success in our degree programs requires a high level of English language proficiency.

If English is not your first language (i.e. is not the first language you learned at home as a child), you will need to provide evidence of adequate English facility for admission consideration, unless you qualify for an exemption. 

You may qualify for an exemption from the English facility requirement if one of the following applies to you:

  • You have completed/are completing four or more years of full-time study in a recognized Canadian school that teaches in English;
  • You have completed/are completing four or more years of full-time study in an English language school located in a country where the dominant language is English;
  • Your first language is French and you have completed four or more years of full-time studies at a Canadian school.

You must be sure to provide your full academic history on your application for admission and provide all relevant transcripts to U of T (after you have submitted your application), so that we can automatically consider you for an exemption on the basis of these criteria.

Note that if you are exempted from presenting proof of English facility as shown above, you will be required to present ENG4U/EAE4U or an equivalent Grade 12 English course for admission consideration. See admission requirements for full details.

Satisfying your English Language Requirements

English language development at the University of Toronto Mississauga:
Academic Culture & English program

The Academic Culture & English (ACE@UTM) program is designed for students who have been admitted to the University of Toronto Mississauga but require additional English language development. The successful completion of ACE@UTM is sometimes a condition of an offer of admission to the university – please refer to your original offer of admission if you are unsure.

ACE@UTM is specifically designed to target the development of communication, research and university level study skills. The skills acquired will lead participants toward greater success in their university studies.

Academic English Level 60: Course Overview, Description and Regulations

The course component of the ACE@UTM Program is the equivalent of Academic English Level 60 offered by U of T’s School of Continuing Studies English Language Program. This is important to know because successful completion of this course is one of the ways a student can meet the English language facility requirement at the University of Toronto.

Academic English Level 60 focuses on developing language as a tool for use in academic environments. The class takes a theme-based integrated skills approach with attention to and development of all four skill areas: reading (R), writing (W), listening (L), and speaking (S). Emphasis is on the skills and strategies needed to understand and respond to authentic reading and listening texts. Attention to vocabulary and grammar is woven through the course and is based on the texts covered in class. Students will engage in academic tasks that develop their ability to express themselves and successfully interact in a university setting. Through our on-line learning portal, students will have access to texts, resources, and materials so that they can extend their learning beyond the classroom.

Below is a table of the common ways in which students satisfy their English Language Requirement




To clear the English Language Requirement of the University

100 with
22 on Writing

6.5 with
6.0 each band

To be eligible for the Fall-Winter Academic Culture & English (ACE@UTM) program

89-99 with
19-21 on Writing

6.0 with
5.5 each band

To be eligible for the Summer Academic Culture & English (ACE@UTM) program

60 with
16 on Writing

5.5 with
5.0 each band

Summer ACE@UTM

Fall-Winter ACE@UTM