December 29, 2008

Studying in Canada: Mount Allison University's International Student Admission Requirements

Seeing as how I decided that I would be coming to Mount Allison around February, I thought I'd provide any possible international students with information on studying in Canada and specifically at Mount Allison.

As I've said before, this is a personal blog. No information here should be relied upon as completely up to date or accurate. For official university information please see the Mount Allison University's website at

That being said it's clear from the Google Analytics information that some people looking for specific information about Mount Allison sometimes come to this page instead of the school site. When I was in the process of applying and getting ready for Mount Allison I noticed that a lot of future students used the Facebook group to ask other students questions in a more informal setting. For questions of different opinions (classes, teachers, residences, meal hall, social life) that seems to be the most helpful in allowing people to have some insider information before coming to Mount Allison.

But, again, following the correct steps in the admission process is your responsibility and for any information you need to be sure is correct contact the school directly. For now, to be the most helpful as students are deciding on University (this time last year I had completed my American applications) I'll provide information with a link to the official page from time to time.

First things first: Admissions requirements. Canadians applying to study at Mount Allison can do so very easily from this and related pages. International students should look at the information reproduced below and links along the left side of their page:

What are my academic requirements as an international student?

Mount Allison’s admissions requirements are intended as broad guidelines for international students. Our admissions process is personable and unique in that it carefully considers the whole person.

In addition to a strong academic record, we consider your extracurricular involvement, leadership skills, maturity, and other relevant background information. Tell us as much about yourself as you like. We listen!

As academic requirements vary by country, please select from the drop-down menu below or contact us for more details. Remember, these are intended as a general guide to our admissions requirements.

American School System

US students comprise our largest international student cohort. We welcome and encourage applications from students taking an American high school curriculum. SAT/ACT results are not required, however we do strongly encourage you to submit your results.

General Certificate of Education (GCE)

Your GCE must include two subjects at Advanced Level and three at Ordinary Level, or three at Advanced Level and one at Ordinary Level, with an overall average of C and no subject below a D grade.

International Baccalaureate

Mount Allison has a very high regard for the IB program and IB students normally excel on our campus. We have a generous transfer credit arrangement for IB students that normally allocates between 18 and 30 credits towards our 120-credit degrees.

Your program should normally include three courses in each of the higher and standard levels with a minimum score of 4 in each subject and a minimum overall score of 28 points.


If you are following France’s system of education, please complete the requirements for the Baccalaureate with a minimum academic standing of Assez Bien.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English, you must provide documentation to show that you exceed our English proficiency requirements.

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