English Language Proficiency Recognized Countries

Applicants who have successfully completed at least three consecutive years of full-time secondary or post-secondary study in English in one of these countries may meet English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for NorQuest programs. ELP requirements vary by program; details can be found in the academic calendar.

The following countries are recognized by NorQuest College for ELP purposes:

American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia

Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei

Canada, Cameroon1, Cayman Islands


Falkland Islands, Fiji

Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana

Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Eire), India2




Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat

New Zealand, Nigeria


Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland

Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands

Uganda, United States of America

Virgin Islands



1. Individuals educated under the British education model only; to be confirmed by the General Certificate of Education.
2. Individuals educated in senior secondary schools affiliated with the CBSE and CISCE examining bodies only. Post-secondary studies are not considered towards the required years of education.
3. Must be confirmed with a letter from the applicant’s previous high school and/or university that specifies the language of instruction was English.

Applicants who have not met ELP requirements in another way and who were educated in a country that is not on the recognized countries list must demonstrate ELP in order to be admitted to a NorQuest program. See www.norquest.ca/elp for details.

In cases where contradictory evidence has been received, NorQuest College may require further evidence of ELP. Examples of contradictory evidence include, but are not limited to, low grades on English-based courses, low scores on English placement or ELP tests, and/or significant communication difficulties.

Following college policies and procedures, the Office of the Registrar makes the final determination of whether evidence of ELP is required for an applicant. If ELP is required from an applicant, this item will appear on their To Do list in MyQuest.