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Language Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must provide proof of English proficiency, choosing one of the following options:

Option 1:

Submission of English Language Test Scores. Applicants may receive direct admission by submitting one of the following recognized English language test scores with their application.

English Language Test Score
Diplomas and Certificates*
Pharmacy Technician Diploma
Post Graduate Diplomas
Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL 80 with no score less than 20 88 with no score less than 22
Paper-based (PBT) TOEFL 550 577
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 with no band less than 5.5*
* Note: As per SDS requirements, applicants from India must have a 6.0 with no band below 6.0
6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Overall 60 Overall 70
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 76 85
PTE Academic (Pearson Test English) 58+ 60+

*Except Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Option 2:

Successful completion of a minimum three (3) years of full-time secondary or post-secondary education with English as the primary language of instruction, in a country where English is the principal language.

Applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria may apply for conditional admission with one of the following:

  • Successful completion of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English for Academic Preparation (EAP) at an Ontario Community College or University
  • Successful completion of English as a Second Language (ESL) program at a partner institution
  • Successful completion of one (1) semester of study in a full-time post secondary program at an accredited college or university located in Canada

Note: Fleming College reserves the right to request additional documentation, or a third party evaluation of submitted documents. Fleming College also reserves the right to request an English language test from any applicant if the college deems it necessary. The requirements are subject to change at any time without notice.

* Visa requirements vary. To determine your language requirements for visa approval please check with the Government of Canada website (below), and/or your local Visa Application Centre (VAC).

More information is available on the Study permit: About the process page and the Get a study permit through the Student Direct Stream pages on

ESL Bridge – Meeting English Language Requirements at Fleming College

The ESL Bridge Program is based on current research into language learning and uses proven methods of instruction. It is designed to support individual learning; we recognize that students differ in the level of language with which they enter the program, and we understand that students progress through the program at different rates. All professors, instructors, and tutors hold internationally recognized ESL teaching qualifications and have years of experience teaching English in Canada and abroad. The program is held at Fleming's Sutherland Campus, in Peterborough.

8 Levels

There are 8 levels of English skill development. Each level is 8 weeks in length and each week consists of 23 hours of instructor-led classes as well as tutoring and experiential learning opportunities. Our English as a Second Language Bridge (ELB) program integrates the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed to succeed in a post-secondary environment.

ELB Starting Level IELTS TOEFL (IBT)
1 2.0 0-31
2 2.5 0-31
3 3.0 0-31
4 3.5 0-31
5 4.0 32-34
6 4.5 35-45
7 5.0 46-59
8 5.5 60-78

The ELB Program reserves the right to place a student according program believes is appropriate for maximum learning, regardless of IELTS or TOEFL results.

Intense immersion, in and out of the classroom

  • Mornings are dedicated to integrated language skill development and an elective course or specialized writing course (such as English for Science or English for Business).
  • In the afternoons you can participate in optional workshops, such as Pronunciation, Study Skills, Social Conversation, and Idioms and Expressions. These small-group workshops focus strongly on practice and refinement of speaking and study skills.
  • One afternoon each week is dedicated to a field trip away from the campus. You will have the chance to apply language skills to a specific situation, to interact with Canadians in the community, and to become familiar with Canadian culture.
  • Each week you will receive private tutoring for 45 - 60 minutes to help target specific challenges.

Placement test

Students who do not meet the minimum language requirement for a Fleming College post-secondary certificate or diploma program will complete an English Language Skills assessment. You will have the opportunity to speak with the Program Coordinator or Program Manager to determine which of the five levels is the most suitable for you.

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