Study in Canada Without IELTS: A List of Universities in 2024

After the United States, Canada is the 2nd popular destination for international students. When it comes to Canada everyone thinks about the Permanent Residency. In this post, I will tell you about the List of Universities to Study in Canada Without IELTS. Due to its popularity, good quality education, safe environment, and Permanent Residency, there are more than half of a Million International Students studying in Canada. For the Undergrads, Grads, and Doctoral there are many fully funded scholarships in Canada.

Many Universities in Canada grant English Language Test Exemption in Canada. Many Canadian Universities started accepting the Duolingo Langauge Test. It is online and can be taken from anywhere in the world. It is much cheaper than IELTS. The point is that do not let any English Language Test become an obstacle in obtaining an offer for admission. There are many ways of taking Admission Without IELTS in Canada. This Country has the potential for permanent residency after graduation. More details are given below.

List of Universities to Study in Canada Without IELTS

Here is a list of universities in Canada without IELTS:

  • The University of Alberta (Faculty wise vary)
  • University of Winnipeg
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Cambrian College
  • Seneca College
  • Brock University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Okanagan College
  • University of Guelph
  • McGill University
  • Algoma University
  • Brandon University
  • Carleton University
  • University of Regina
  • Concordia University
  • University of Prince Edward Island

List of Universities that Accept Duolingo Language Test in Canada

Duolingo is the Online English Language Test. The test is acceptable in more than 5000+ universities around the world. The cost is only $59. It can be taken online from anywhere in the world.

You can send the results to an unlimited number of universities. If you do not have IELTS right now and thinking of studying in Canada without IELTS then you are in Luck. Many Canadian universities are now accepting the Duolingo English Test.

How You Can Study in Canadian Universities Without IELTS?

English Medium of Instruction: You can get English Language Proficiency poof from your previous University and you can show that as an IELTS alternative. It will state that the candidate has completed their previous degree from an English Medium Institute.

Citizen of an English English-speaking country: If you are from an English-speaking country such as the UK, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Canada, or many other officially Recognised English-speaking countries then you do not need to take any IELTS or any other Alternative.

Native English Speaker: If you are a Native English speaker or have spent more than 5 years in an English Speaking Country then there is also a possibility to waive off the IELTS.

Completed Higher Education in an English English-speaking country: If you are not a Native English speaker nor a citizen of an English-speaking country but you have completed your schooling, undergraduate or graduate degree in a university which is in English Speaking country then you are also exempt from the IELTS.

WHED Portal (The Wildcard Entry Without IELTS)

The World Higher Education Database (WHED) Portal is a comprehensive online resource that provides authoritative information on higher education systems, credentials, and institutions worldwide.

You do not need to take the IELTS if your current or previous university’s name is on WHED Portal the language of instruction is English and it is listed on the World Higher Education Database (WHED) Portal.

This is because Canadian immigration authorities recognize these universities as having English language proficiency standards that meet their requirements.

Many Universities in Canada allow English Test exemption if your previous Institute’s name falls in the WHED Portal.

So you need to check which Canadian university is listed on the WHED Portal.

Here are a few Canadian Universities available on the WHED Portal so you can apply for them without IELTS. Such as:

  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • McMaster University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Montreal
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • University of Calgary

This list is not exhaustive, so it is always best to check with the admissions office of the university you are applying to.

You can Visit the WHED Portal website: https://www.whed.net/home.php

How to Find Your University in the WHED Portal

  • Go to: https://www.whed.net/home.php
  • Then you will see on the right side a search bar.
  • Select your country and university name.
  • If the 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒖𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 is listed only as “𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡” then it’s your Lucky Day. It means students from LUMS University can apply to Canadian Universities without IELTS.

Conclusion: Do not make IELTS an obstacle for you. There are always ways. Try to search out, read out, and find the best possible way.

Scholarships in Canada for 2024-2025 Intake

New Rules for International Students

Read: New Rules for International Students to Study in Canada in 2024

Study Permit

Read: Canada Study Permit Process (Requirements for a Study Permit)


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As Opportunities Corners founder, my name is Muhammad Saim Rasheed. I completed my higher education from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. I have been to Egypt for the AIESEC internship in 2016. In addition, I am an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's (SUSI 2017) Exchange Program. I participated in the Young Leaders Fellowship in the Maldives in 2021, and I went to the International Youth Leadership Summit in Turkiye in 2022. Since 2017, I have participated in numerous fully funded educational and leadership programs. I therefore created this blog based on my own personal experiences, and I mentor students who are eager and enthusiastic about pursuing fully funded opportunities. You can visit the official sources for additional information by clicking on the links provided at the end of each post. Read more about me and our partners here. I am also Featured by Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network