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GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students


  1. International applicants who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement:  
    • American Samoa
    • Anguilla 
    • Antigua and Barbuda 
    • Australia 
    • Bahamas 
    • Barbados 
    • Belize 
    • Bermuda 
    • British Virgin Islands 
    • Canada (except Quebec) 
    • Cayman Islands 
    • Dominica 
    • England 
    • Ghana 
    • Grenada 
    • Guyana 
    • Jamaica 
    • Kenya  
    • Liberia
    • Montserrat
    • New Zealand 
    • Nigeria 
    • Northern Ireland 
    • Puerto Rico 
    • Republic of Ireland 
    • Scotland 
    • Singapore 
    • South Africa 
    • St Kitts and Nevis 
    • St Lucia 
    • Trinidad and Tobago 
    • Turks and Caicos Islands 
    • Uganda  
    • United States 
    • U.S. Virgin Islands 
    • Wales
      1. Countries in which standard English is the predominant language may be added to this list by The Graduate School. The CIA Factbook is used as a primary source of information, supplemented when appropriate with other reliable resources. Important considerations taken into account when making the decision include (but are not limited to):
        1. The prevalence of English speakers in the country;
        2. If English is an official language of the country, and how many other official languages there are1;
        3. Whether formal primary and secondary school instruction is primarily conducted in English in the country.
  2. Programs should note in the Admission Requirements section of their Bulletin listing if they will consider exceptions to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement in GCAC-305. Exceptions may or may not be granted by the Graduate School.

1South Africa provides an example of a complex situation: English is one of eleven official languages. English is spoken at home by only 8.4% of the population.

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