Pre-College Programme

Age and Education Requirements

The Pre-College Programme is open to students currently enrolled in secondary school, and who will still be enrolled in secondary school in Fall 2017.  Candidates must also be at least 15 years old at the time of the programme.

Candidates in their final year of secondary school, who will obtain their secondary diploma by Summer 2017, are not eligible for the Pre-College Programme.  These candidates are invited to apply to the University Programme.

Language Requirements

For more information on the language levels, download an explanation of the CEFR levels (in English and French, PDF, 140Ko).

English language requirement

The majority of the academic programme, including social science lectures, master classes, and university methodology classes, is taught in English.  Students are therefore required to demonstrate advanced (high Level B2-C1) proficiency in English.

Candidates may demonstrate their proficiency in English in one of three ways:

Option 1: provide an official language certification taken within the last three years.

The following tests and minimum scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL (IBT): 90, comprehension (oral and written) minimum: 46 ; expression (oral and written) minimum: 44.
  • IELTS: 6.5, no subscore under 5.5
  • TOEIC "listening and reading": 945/990 and "speaking and writing" : 310/400
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Option 2: provide proof of at least two years of study entirely taught in English. This includes:

  • An academic transcript showing at least two years of courses entirely taught in English.
  • A diploma from an English-speaking institution.

Please note that two years of English language courses alone are not sufficient.

Option 3: complete a Summer School language assessment and upload it as part of your application file. The assessment takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and should be taken without the aid of a dictionary.

French language

Knowledge of French is not required to participate in the Pre-College Programme.  Students who wish to take French as a foreign language will take a placement test on the first day of the session to determine their level.