International students applying to JIBC must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency.

Prospective students should familiarize themselves with JIBC's minimum requirements, which are detailed in:


Testing Options

Applicants whose first language is not English may meet English proficiency requirements by taking one of the following English Language proficiency tests. The assessment may involve reading, writing, speaking and listening. The minimum score required can differ depending on the program.

Below is a summary of the minimum scores acceptable. Full details may be found in English Admission Requirements for International Students.

Test ServicesMinimum Results
IELTS (Academic)6.5 overall, minimum of 6.0 in each skill band
TOEFL (iBT)80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL)60 overall, minimum 50 in each skill band
Cambridge English ExamsComplete C1 Advanced with a score of C
Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB)Minimum 7 in each skill band
Pearson Test of English (PTE)Minimum score of 58

Note: English proficiency tests must have been completed within 24 months of the program start date.


English Pathway Partnerships

We offer opportunities for students to satisfy our English Language Proficiency admission requirements by improving their English skills at one of our internationally-acclaimed ESL partners through articulated pathways. These pathways allow students to seamlessly enter JIBC, without having to take any additional English entrance test.

Applicants who are interested in improving their English skills to meet admission requirements may contact one of the following institutions for further information on the next steps.

English Language InstitutionLocationsRequired Level
International Language Academy of CanadaToronto and VancouverPW 3.3 Level
International Language Schools CanadaToronto and VancouverA2 Level
Vancouver Community CollegeVancouverVCC’s ELSK 0815 and ELSK 0820 combined with a grade of “Satisfactory” on both


For students in a region impacted by the closure of IELTS or TOEFL test centres due to COVID-19, JIBC will temporarily accept the Duolingo English Test as one of the ways to meet our English Entrance Requirements for International Students. Duolingo English Tests taken after February 1, 2020, will be accepted for the Winter 2022 intake.


IELTSDuolingo English Test
6.5Minimum 110

Note: English proficiency tests must have been completed within 24 months of the program start date.

To gain a good understanding of your current English skills, applicants can try the free Canadian Language Benchmark Online Self-Assessment Tool before taking one of the English tests officially accepted by JIBC.


Have questions? Talk to an International Student Advisor

Contact the Office of International Affairs