Some of the general rules governing the non-requirement of IELTS scores are that students are either native English speakers; or, students hailing from non-English countries have received formal degree education of three or more consecutive years in English.
Besides, students who have completed either an O-Level or A-level examination also earn an IELTS exemption.
Individual universities have their set of exemptions and requirements to prove applicant’s English language proficiency.
The following is a list of universities in Canada that offer this exemption:
- University of Saskatchewan
- Brock University
- Carleton University
- University of Winnipeg
- University of Regina
- Memorial University
- Concordia University
Will there be visa hindrances if IELTS scores are not provided?
Canada has introduced new student visa regulations that not only helps ensure that international students genuinely study in the country’s universities, but also gives them certain levels of freedom to work.
For instance, while earlier prospective students only needed to show an intent to study in Canada, now they need to prove their enrollment in a college that accepts international students to be eligible for a visa.
Hence, students applying for visas without providing IELTS scores need to ensure their enrollment in the university of their choice that does not require the IELTS papers. While the college of their choice does provide them with a letter of admission, students may provide supporting documents to prove their English language proficiency when applying for a student visa.
What’s more, students can now no longer stay on a study permit beyond 90 days of completing their course. This is to ensure that students do not switch to short-term programs after enrolling in a long-term degree course.
Such moves with stringent regulations are set to help Canadian authorities curb the inflow of study permit holders unwilling to pursue studies, and instead ensure that genuine students are issued student visas.
This move is expected to help Canada weed out educational institutions of poor quality and offer high-standard education to international students seeking quality degrees.
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