International students applying to the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s undergraduate programs must demonstrate sufficient mastery of English, both oral and written, at a level appropriate for academic studies at a U.S. college or university.
This requirement can be met by providing the College of Mount Saint Vincent with an official score on the TOEFL exam, on the IELTS exam, the GTEC CBT exam, or on the SAT exam. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 6.5, for TOEFL it is 80 (internet based), and for the GTEC CBT it is 1100, and an SAT evidence-based reading and writing subject score of 600+.
Applicants whose scores are below these minimum requirements, but otherwise fulfill all of the other requirements for admission, may be granted “conditional admission” into a program of undergraduate studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Students who have been granted conditional admission must successfully complete a program of English Language training at our partner school ELS Language Centers (ELS). An ELS Center is located on the Riverdale campus and offers many programs to help international students achieve English language fluency.
A student’s language skills are assessed on entry to the program and the student is placed in the appropriate level of English Language study. The length of time required for reaching a satisfactory level of competency varies with each student, and the level on which the student was placed after assessment. English classes are structured as a series of intensive four-week modules and are offered year-round. Students enrolled in this program will reside on campus while they attend language training classes full-time.
Upon satisfying the English requirements, the student can enroll in academic coursework at the Mount. The following table outlines the test scores earned and requirements.
|Score on TOEFL (iBT)||Score on IELTS||Score on GTEC CBT||Conditional Requirement|
|80 or higher||6.5 or higher||1100 or higher||Satisfied English requirement. No condition required|
|Below 60||6.5 or below||Has not satisfied the English requirement. Will enroll in the ELS program|