International Students

Applications for admission can be submitted online at the following link https://www2.acadiau.ca/apply.html

  • All applications must be supported by official copies of all high school transcripts and other records of academic work.
  • Transcripts should be certified by the school and prepared in a sealed envelope by the school. They can either be sent to Acadia directly from the school or given to the student to send. Certified transcripts acceptable to Acadia will be used as a basis of admission.
  • Admission requirements differ depending on the student’s educational system. We review all applications from international students individually.
  • Applicants for admission from another university or college must have an official transcript sent directly from that institution for evaluation.
  • Transfer credits may be given for individual courses that are applicable to the intended undergraduate degree program of study. Course descriptions must be included with the transcripts.
  • In order to obtain a Study Permit, application materials must be evaluated and an offer of admission must be made. When the offer of admission has been made, a letter will be issued, which is required to obtain a Study Permit.

All programs require senior high school completion for admission, although exceptions may be made for very capable students to enter following their penultimate high school year (except from Quebec).

English Requirements – Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, candidates must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing, and students whose first language is not English may be required to present the result of the TOEFL, IELTS,CAEL or PTE Academic. Acadia’s English requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL – 90 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • IELTS – 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0
  • CAEL – 70 with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic – 61 with no subtest score below 60
  • Cambridge English: Advanced – 176 with no subtest score below 169
  • MELAB – 80

Acadia provides opportunities for students who do not meet the English proficiency requirements to enter our undergraduate degree programs. Completion of the full-time, non-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program allows students to gain English language proficiency before starting their degree program. Applicants may be given admission based on successful completion of Acadia’s English for Academic Purposes program.

Undergraduate Applicants

When planning their secondary school programs, students should note that a number of courses taken in the first university year have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects. Academic (university preparatory) high school courses are used for admission consideration. The University reserves the right to exclude inappropriate courses from among those presented.

All programs require senior high school completion for admission, although exceptions may be made for very capable students to enter following their penultimate high school year.

Graduate Applicants

Depending upon your country of citizenship, it can take a very long time to get a student visa after you receive an offer of admission – up to six months in some cases. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible before the start date of your program to ensure enough time for visa processing.

Transcripts

All university transcripts need to be original official documents provided to you in sealed envelopes or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institutions.

If it is not possible for the institution to produce another official transcript, they may make a copy of the original transcript and have them certify that the document is an accurate copy. The certified copy should then be provided to you in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institution.

If your transcript must be translated into English and your institution does not provide translated documents, your transcript can be translated elsewhere and then brought back to your institution to be certified as an accurate copy. The certified translated copy should then be provided to you in a sealed envelope or sent directly to Acadia from the issuing institution.

In rare cases where a University will not provide a certified copy of a transcript, the Ministry of Education / Office of the Judiciary in that Country can certify the authenticity of the transcript. It would need to be submitted to Acadia in their official, sealed, stamped, envelope to be accepted.

IMPORTANT NOTES regarding transcripts:

  • We do not accept notarized documents.
  • We do not accept transcripts by email.
  • We do not accept WES Evaluation Reports/Verification of Transcripts — Acadia does their own assessment of the official application documents.
  • We do not require transcripts for your 10th or 12th year — only the official transcripts after grade 12 and onward are required.

To view a list of minimum GPA admission requirements for specific International countries (A-Z) click here.

English Proficiency Requirement

Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, candidates must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing, and students whose first language is not English may be required to present the result of the TOEFL, IELTS, or CAEL.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only applicants residing from the following countries are EXEMPT from providing an English Language Proficiency Test as part of a graduate admissions application:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Acadia’s minimum graduate studies English requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic ONLY!) – 6.5 overall with no subtest score below 6.0
  • TOEFL – 93 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • CAEL – 70 overall with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic – 61 with no subtest score below 60

Only English test scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Acadia by mail will be accepted. Acadia’s number for submission is 0901.

Working on/off-campus while being a student

International students are permitted to work on/off-campus while registered as a student. For further details, please see: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • As an international student contemplating graduate studies at Acadia University, you should be able to guarantee annual funding of $37,000 before you proceed with a student visa application.
  • The Halifax International Airport is 100 kilometres from the Acadia campus. This should be the final destination to which overseas flights are booked.
  • Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you should make contact with our. International Student Advisor in the Wong International Centre. Please email: international@acadiau.ca. An orientation program for new international students is held in late August or early September.