Future Students

Bachelor of Arts

International Applicants
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Applicants
English Language Proficiency
Country Specific Requirements

International Applicants

International applicants must demonstrate academic strength in a high school programme of college/university preparatory courses with subject distribution, other minimum requirements, and academic standing comparable to that required of Canadian applicants. Criteria such as academic achievement and rank in class will also be considered in admission decisions.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Applicants

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and GCE Advanced Level applicants presenting official documentation of grades of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) tests, grades of 5, 6 or 7 on individual higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) subjects, or final grades of “C” or higher on GCE Advanced-Level courses are eligible for transfer credit. AP students are eligible for a maximum of 18 credit hours in transfer credit while IB diploma and GCE Advanced- Level students are eligible for a maximum of 30 credit hours on a 120 credit-hour degree programme.

Students granted transfer credit for AP, IB, and GCE Advanced-Level courses are advised to consult graduate and professional schools to determine the impact that this non-university credit award will have on their future academic plans.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in English by writing one of the following tests:

Official test scores must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office by the testing centre. St. Thomas University's ETS number is 0803.

Students who meet the following minimum English Language Proficiency scores and the St. Thomas academic admission requirements are eligible for the ESL programme:

  • TOEFL 61 (Internet-based)
  • TOEFL 500 (Paper-based)
  • MELAB 69
  • IELTS 5.0

Students with TOEFL scores of:

  • TOEFL 89 (Internet-based)
  • TOEFL 570 (Paper-based)
  • MELAB 80
  • IELTS 6.5

are eligible to take five regular academic courses but may take integrated and assisted courses if they wish.

Country Specific Requirements

Bahamas
Applicants presenting Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) require satisfactory standing in at least five academic subjects, of which one must be English. To be eligible for consideration grades must be C or greater.

Bangladesh
Higher Secondary Certificate.

China (PRC)
Senior High School Graduation Examination and Chinese National University Entrance Examinations.

Commonwealth of Dominica
Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate with satisfactory standing (scores of 1 or 2) in at least five academic subjects, of which one must be English. Must also present at least two subjects at the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. To be eligible for consideration, grades at the Advanced levels must be C or better.

Ethiopia
Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination (ESLCE). Students who achieve five subject passes at grade C (or the GPA of 3.0 out of 4) are generally eligible for undergraduate entry.

Germany
Marks from 12th and first semester of 13th grade from Gymnasium. An average of 9 or greater on five academic courses one of which must be German.

Ghana
West African Senior Secondary School Examination results. Students must have an average of "C4" on five academic courses, including English. The results must be sent directly to St. Thomas University by WAEC or students can purchase a scratch card and send St. Thomas University the required information to verify their results on http://ghana.waecdirect.org/. Students must also have their secondary school send their transcript.

Great Britain/Other Countries with GCE Equivalent Examinations
General Certificate of Education with satisfactory standing in at least five academic subjects, of which one must be English and at least two must be at the Advanced Level. To be eligible for consideration, grades at both the Advanced and Ordinary levels must be C (3) or better.

India
An average of "satisfactory" 50% - 60% on five academic courses on the India Senior School Certificate awarded by Central Board of Secondary Education/Indian School Certificate (awarded by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations - CISCE). Year 12 State Board Exams with excellent results will also be considered individually.

Kenya
Minimum of "C" average on five academic courses, one of which must be English, on the Kenya Secondary Examination. Every statement of examination result must be issued by The Kenya National Examination Council: the KNEC can be contacted at PO Box 73598, Nairobi, Kenya.

Mexico
Bachillerato with average grades of 8 on 5 academic electives including Spanish.

Nepal
An average of 50% or greater (division two) on five academic courses on the Higher Secondary Certificate. Students with the School Leaving Certificate need to take the Proficiency Certificate awarded by Tribhuvan University Kathmandu.

Nigeria
Students applying from Nigeria must present their West African Senior Secondary School Certificate results. Students must have an average of " C4" on five academic courses, including English. The results must be sent directly to St. Thomas University by WAEC or students can purchase a scratch card and send St. Thomas University the required information to verify their results on www.waecdirect.org. Students must also have their secondary school send their transcript.

Students who have already studied at the post-secondary level must present their official polytechnic or university transcript sent directly to St. Thomas University by the institution.

Norway
An average of 4 or greater (Tilfredsstillende - good) on five academic courses on the Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole - Certificate of Upper Secondary Education.

South Korea
Transcript of marks for grades 10, 11 and 12 (upper secondary school). Senior High School Certificate with at least 70% overall average.

Sweden
Completion of secondary education, with a secondary school leaving certificate from any national programme and showing a pass of 90 per cent of the points required (to include nowledge of Swedish and English) .

Tanzania
Certificate of Secondary Education(CSE) and Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) Admission requirements: two principal passes and one subsidiary pass in the ACSE examinations, combined with five passes at CSE level.

Uganda
Advanced Certificate of Education and Certificate of Education.

Venezuela
Completion of secondary education (Bachillerato) with an average of 15 on five academic courses, one of which must be Spanish, in the last year of Bachillerato. Students should alsoforward their academic aptitude test (prueba de aptitud academica) results.

Zambia
Students must obtain five Merit-level passes on the Zambian School Certificate in grade XII, in order to gain admission to undergraduate study.