Can we study in Canada without IELTS from Nepal?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized language assessment exam used by universities worldwide to assess the language skills of potential international students. The answer is yes for those wondering if they could apply to colleges and universities to study in Canada without IELTS. First, however, you need to choose the alternatives.

Those students whose first language is not English must show proof of their English skills, which include reading, writing, listening, and speaking. If you are not interested in giving IELTS, here are the alternatives; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and other English Test.

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PTE English test proficiency is accepted by over 50 countries, with approximately 290 PTE test centers worldwide. The minimum PTE  score required to study in Canadian universities is 58-73

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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL)  is one of the major language proficiency exams that students take to enroll in universities in Canada. The maximum TOEFL score required to get admission to Canadian universities is 80 to 90 or above.

Studying at Canadian University without IELTS

Several universities in college accept applicants without IELTS. However, the individual must explore the popular universities that accept applications without IELTS scores. Most Canadian universities accept international students with PTE, TOEFL, and GRE. Here I have mentioned several universities that are accepting students without IELTS.

  • University of Winnipeg

It is one of the most popular Universities in Canada that accepts students without IELTS. However, one must give a test at its university called the English Language Program (ELP).

  • University of Saskatchewan

This university accepts students through TOEFL, CanTest, and Duolingo CAEL Assessment. Additionally, applicants can apply to the course without all these alternatives. However, before beginning your chosen course, you must take up the U-PREP program at the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre (USLC) to study in Canada.

  • Brock University

You can apply to this university even without taking IELTS. However, the alternatives are TOEFL, PTE, CAEL Assessment (Canadian English language assessment), MELAB, and YELT scores to study in Canada.

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

you can apply to this university by taking alternative English proficiency such as Duolingo English Test (DET); TOEFL; Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment; Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL);  PTE Academic; Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Or Intensive English Programme (IEP) offered by the university to study in Canada.

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  • Cambrian College

to apply to this college without IELTS, one must take English language courses before beginning their chosen program. Other alternatives are TOEFL, PTE, Duolingo English Test (DET), etc., to study in Canada.

  • Concordia University
  • McGill University
  • University of Guelph
  • Branon University
  • Seneca College
  • Okanagan College
  • Carleton University
  • University of Regina

Study in Canada from Nepal Requirements

The individual must fulfill certain criteria set by the universities to get admission to their dream university. Here are a few requirements to study in Canada from Nepal.

  • First, search for your dream college and do all the research you need before applying. Then, you can also apply for the scholarship which meets your qualification.
  • After you get accepted by the university, start processing for a Canadian student visa by providing all the documents needed.
  • Then college/ University will provide you with an acceptance letter; after this, you need to start applying for a Canadian student visa. Finally, you can visit a consultancy for greater counseling.

If you seek good consultancy in Kathmandu for this alternative test preparation and guide, I recommend you visit International Career Counselling Centre (ICCC). It is one of the best consultancies you can find in Kathmandu valley. We are located in the heart of Kathmandu – ICCC Kamaladi and ICCC Putalisadak.

For more related topic please visit our page, Career Counselling.

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