Admission Requirements for International Students

Admission requirements differ significantly depending on your country of origin as well as the credential that you wish to pursue.

In order to be admitted into the program of your choice you must:

Please select your country of origin and credential of interest under the drop down tab in "See Credential Requirements" in order to view specific requirements for your country.

  • Have graduated from senior secondary school or equivalent (those applying for a postgraduate program must have graduated from a university or college)
  • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration
  • Pay the non-refundable $95 application fee
  • Provide proof of English proficiency, if English is not the first language in your country. Please see your options for providing proof of English proficiency below.

We do not have the capacity to admit all applicants who meet the minimum general and program-specific requirements. Please note that programs can close early if international enrollment for the program is already achieved and there is no more capacity. Submission of an application does not guarantee an offer of a place in a program.

Requirements by Country of Origin

Please attach all documents required in support of your application but do not send any extra documents that are not required. For most countries, copies of originals should be attested as "true copies" by the educational institution or by a notary.

Applicants who are under 18 must also submit custodianship documents.

George Brown College Admissions Officers reserve the right to request original documents if there are any doubts or questions with regard to authenticity or legibility of documents submitted electronically.

English Language Proficiency and Validity

Proficiency

The following minimum scores are required:

  Diploma/Certificate Postgraduate GBC Degree Programs
George Brown English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program Level 8 Level 9 Level 9**
IELTS (Academic) 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each skill band 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band
TOEFL 80 (online) minimum 20 in each skill band 88 (online) minimum 22 in each skill band 84 (online) minimum 21 in each skill band
*NEW Duolingo English Test 105 125 115
MELAB 80 85 85
PTE (Academic) 54, overall minimum
50 in each skill band
60, overall minimum
55 in each skill band
60, overall minimum
55 in each skill band
CAEL 60 (overall) 70 overall (writing 60) 70 overall (writing 60)
Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency) 169 or more (with no individual skill below 162) 176 or more (with no individual skill below 169) 176 or more (with no individual skill below 169)
George Brown Admissions Test (Only offered in Toronto)* Offered Online Offered Online Offered Online
Exemption from Providing Proof of English Proficiency

To meet this requirement, you are required to have studied full-time for at least two consecutive full academic years (high school or post-secondary), within the past four years where the medium of instruction was English, in one of the following countries:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Islands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pitcairn
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • St. Chad/Christopher/Kitts/Nevis
  • St. Helena
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wake & Midway Islands
  • Wales
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Online Testing Available

Due to COVID-19, the Assessment Centre will not be administering in-person assessments until further notice.  However, the Assessment Centre will be providing online webcam-supervised Admission (Mature Applicant) Assessments.

ONLINE ADMISSIONS TEST

*To register for the test, you will need to apply for your academic program and receive your Admissions Test Letter. For more information on the Admissions Test, please visit: georgebrown.ca/assessment

**Not applicable to collaborative degree programs eg. Early Childhood Education (C118).

You may also be able to meet our English proficiency requirements by completing the appropriate ESL level at one of our language school partners. For more information, please see International Partnerships.

Using TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo for Level Placement

EAP STARTING LEVEL* *NEW* Duolingo IELTS: ENTRY Requirements TOEFL: ENTRY Requirements
Overall Writing & Speaking Overall Speaking Writing
9 105+ 6 6.5 80-91 22 22
8 95-104 5.5 6 62-79 20 20
7 85-94 5.5 5.5 50-61 18 18
6 75-84 5 5 40-49 15 14
5 65-74 4-4.5 4.5 31-39 13 12
4 55-64 3.5 4 26-30 11 8
3 45-54 3 3.5 19-25 8 6
2 30-44 2.5 3 10-18 5 4
1 >29 2.5 2.5 0-9 2.5 2.5

Validity

Proof of English Language Proficiency Validity Duration for admission to post-secondary programs
IELTS/TOEFL/PTEA 2 years from test date
GBC EAP certificate (Level 8 or 9) No set limit established, but review may be required if over 3 years since completion.
GBC Admissions Test 1 year
Certificate of Completion from approved private language school partner 1 year
Certificate of Completion from other Ontario public Colleges EAP 3 years
2 consecutive years FT High School in Canada or other English-speaking countries graduated within last 4 years
Degrees/Diploma, 2+ years' FT in Canada or other English-speaking countries graduated within last 4 years
Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Through GBC's EAP Program

Applicants from eligible countries who do not meet George Brown's English language requirements may be offered conditional admission to a post-secondary program through George Brown's EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program. Please see our EAP Admissions page for further details regarding conditional admission.

How do I get my admissions test result?

Results for admissions tests take approximately 5 business days to be issued. Please email your Admissions Officer 5 business days after you have written the test. Your Admissions Officer's contact information is on your Letter of Acceptance and Test Letter.

How long do I have to wait for my admissions test result?

Results for admissions test take approximately 5 business days to be issued.

What is the difference between the admissions test and the placement test?

Admissions tests are used to determine if you meet the requirements for admission to the College.

Placement Assessments in English and/or Math are taken after you have accepted an offer of admission. Placement assessments determine whether you are ready to take the college-level credit courses in English and/or math in the first semester, or if you need to take a foundation- level course first to further develop your skills. For programs that require English and/or Math placement testing, find out more from the Assessment Centre.

Note: If you have already taken an Admissions Assessment (as part of your college application process), your Admissions Assessment results will be used as placement results too.

How long is the processing time once I submit an application through the Online Application System (OAS)?

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are not able to provide exact processing times. Please note that we will not be reviewing applications/issuing offers until 6-7 months prior to the start of a selected term.

The processing time starts when we begin processing applications, not when we open the intake for submission. The current application processing time is approximately 3-4 weeks.

We do not have the capacity to admit all applicants who meet the minimum general and program-specific requirements. Please note that programs can close early if international enrollment for the program is already achieved and there is no more capacity. Submission of an application does not guarantee an offer of a place in a program.

The program I am interested in is closed, is there anything I can do?

Unfortunately, programs can close early if international enrollment for that program is already achieved and there are no more places. You can ask the International Centre or your admissions officer about other available programs or you may have to wait to apply for a future intake.