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Bachelor Degree Study with English Language Support

What if I meet all the academic requirements for admission but my English score is a little too low?

At UB, you can study in our bachelor degree programs and improve your English skills at the same time.

If you meet all the academic requirements but have a slightly low English proficiency score, you may still be admitted with Standard Admission. You will take one or two extra English as a Second Language (ESL) support classes during your first semester along with your regular academic classes. This is called Standard Admission with English Language Support.

Standard Admission with Language Support is available to both freshman and transfer students.

English requirements for Standard Admission with Language Support

Standard Admission with Language Support may be offered if your TOEFL / IELTS score is slightly below the minimum scores noted above. Each case is reviewed individually and in conjunction with other criteria (grades, academic performance, quality of personal essay, etc.).

 If you are offered standard admission with language support, in your first semester:

  • You will be required to register for and successfully complete at least one additional English course.
  • You will be limited to enrolling in a total of four courses.

Upon successfully completing these requirements, you will have no further conditions.

Students who do not successfully complete these requirements may be required to repeat the semester with the same conditions. Students who still do not meet the requirements in a repeated semester may be dismissed from the university.

Scores that may be considered for Standard Admission with Language Support

These are not absolute scores; each case is evaluated individually as described above.




70 to 78

with no section below 12


523 to 549

with no section below 47



with no subsection score below 5.5

PTE Academic


with no subsection score below 45

ACT (English and reading sections)


Minimum score of 18 on the English AND minimum score of 18 on the reading.

SAT I (critical reading section)


Minimum score of 450 on the critical reading section.


Admission not offered


Admission not offered

Cambridge English

Admission not offered


Admission not offered

AS Level or A Level

Admission not offered

  • Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission; older scores will not be accepted.
  • Official scores must be sent directly to UB from the testing agency.
  • Photocopies and scanned documents may be submitted for initial review.

Other admission requirements

In addition to meeting these English language requirements, you will also need to demonstrate your academic proficiency for admission to the university.

Freshman or transfer status has a strict definition which is based upon the facts of your educational background.

What is a freshman?

  • You have never studied or enrolled in any college / university or postsecondary studies after completing secondary school.
  • You are a freshman even if you have “advanced standing” for which you may receive university credits. This includes A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP).

What is a transfer?

  • You have completed secondary school and you subsequently enrolled or studied one or more subjects in a college or university.
  • You may or may not have passed the class(es); you may or may not have earned university credit for the class(es); you may or may not have changed your major or stopped studying because you did not like your major.
  • If you engaged in any study in a college or university, you must apply as a transfer applicant; you cannot “choose” to be a freshman.

Still not sure if you are a freshman or transfer? Take this test.

If a minimum of one item in statement 1 and all of statement 2 is true, then you are a freshman applicant. Otherwise you are a transfer applicant.


STATEMENT 1:   A minimum of one item must be true.

A.  I am currently studying in high school (secondary school).

B.  Even though I am not in high school, I am studying a secondary school curriculum.

C.  I have completed high school.




STATEMENT 2:   This statement must also be true.

I have never enrolled in or studied at a postsecondary institution after completing secondary school.


Both are true?  You will apply as a Freshman.

Any part not true?  You will apply as a Transfer.