Admissions - Application Process

International Students

This page will show you how to apply to Acadia and what information you’ll need to send us. We will base this on what you tell us about yourself. You can correct or complete the information below.

Admission requirements differ depending on your country's educational system. We review all applications from international students individually. You are encouraged to submit your application even if we have not listed admission requirements for your country.

 

When and What you need to Apply

When to Apply

You can apply to Acadia any time after October 1. However, you need to apply by March 1st if you want to be considered for an entrance scholarship. If you are selected to receive an entrance scholarship, we will notify you by mid-April.

What you'll need

To apply, you will need:

  • $40 CDN application processing fee, which you can pay online with a credit card
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Official language test results (Acadia institution code 0901)

 

Applying online takes about 15 minutes. You can come back to the application form anytime; just make sure you save the sections you have completed before exiting.

Your application must include official copies of all your high school transcripts and other records of academic work, such as courses you took at a different college or university.

Mailing address for submission of official documents:

Admissions Office
Acadia University
15 University Ave
PO Box 7
Wolfville, NS, Canada
B4P 2R6

Resumes, passports and cover letters may be uploaded from your status portal or emailed to admissions@acadiau.ca

*Documents submitted in support of an application for admission are retained by the University and are not returned to the applicant. All received documents are electronically stored.

Transcripts

Transcripts should be certified by the school and prepared in a sealed envelope by the school. They can either be sent to Acadia directly from the school or given to you to send. Certified transcripts acceptable to Acadia will be used as a basis of admission.

Transferring from another school

If you would like to apply to Acadia from another university or college, you must have an official transcript sent directly from that institution for evaluation.

Transfer credits may be given for individual courses that are applicable to the intended undergraduate degree program of study. Course descriptions must be included with the transcripts.

When and What you need to apply to Education

When to Apply

Applications for the 2023-2024 year will open in November 2022.

What you'll need

To apply, you will need:

  • $35 CDN application processing fee, which you can pay online with a credit card.
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions you have attended, except Acadia. High school transcripts are not required.
  • Supplemental Form (PDF) - As soon as your application has been processed, you can find this form by logging in to your Status Portal.
  • Referee Form - You should provide the electronic referee form link to each of your three referees, who may then complete and submit the form to us directly.
For full admissions requirements, including the Elementary and Secondary program streams, please visit the School of Education’s requirements page.

Admissions Guidelines for International Baccalaureate Students

The IB Diploma is accepted as a credential for admission to degree programs. IB final and predicted results may be used to consider applicants for both early fall and regular admission, as well as entrance scholarship.

  • IB Diploma including IB English with an overall score of 24 or better.
  • Students admitted to Acadia University with a score of 30 or higher on the IB Diploma will receive 30 hours of university credit.
  • Students who have completed IB courses but do not possess the Diploma will be considered based on their coursework. Acadia gives individual credit for IB courses completed at the higher level with grades of 5, 6 or 7.
Courses required for admission to certain programs (see "Specific program admission guidelines" below) must be completed with a 4 or better.

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Afghanistan

Baccalauria with minimum average of 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Albania

Dëftesë Pjekurie (Certificate of Maturity) with minimum average of 7 or “shtatë”.

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Algeria

Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire with minimum average of 12 (scale of 0-20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Australia

Australian Capital Territory
Year 12 Certificate with “B” or “High Achievement”

New South Wales
Higher School Certificate

Northern Territory
Senior Secondary Studies Certificate with “B” or 14 (scale of 0-20) Queensland Senior Certificate with “High Achievement”

South Australia
Certificate of Education with “B”, “High” or 14 (scale of 0-20)

Tasmania
Certificate of Education with “H” Victoria Certificate of Education with “B” or 70%

Western Australia
Certificate of Secondary Education with “B”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Austria

Reifeprüfungsezeugnis with minimum 3 or “Befreidigend”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Bahrain

Shahaadat itmaam al-diraasa al-thaanawiya al-aamma and tawjihi exam results with 70% or “Very Good”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Bangladesh

Higher Secondary Certificate with minimum Second Division or 50% (First Division or 60% in required courses)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Belarus

Atestat ab agul’naj sjarednjaj adukatsyl with minimum 4 (scale of 2-5) or “Dobra”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Belgium

Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Superior/Getuigschrift van Hoger Secundair/Abschluβzeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts with minimum 14 (scale of 0-20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Benin

Baccalauréat with minimum 14 (scale of 1-20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Bolivia

Bachiller en Humanidades with minimum grade of “5” (scale of 1-7) or “Bueno”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Botswana

Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with five results of “5” or better including that for English Language

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Brazil

Certificado de Conclusão de Segundo Grau with minimum 7.0 (scale of 0-10) or “Media superior"

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Brunei Darussalam

At least two GCE A levels with grades of “C” or better, or Matriculation Examination results

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Bulgaria

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with minimum grade of 4 (scale of 2-6) or “Dobar”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Burkina Faso

Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with minimum 14 (scale of 0-20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Burundi

Minimum 70% overall with individual grades of 60% or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Cameroon

Anglophone: Two GCE A Levels with minimum grade of “C”

Francophone: Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire with minimum 14 (scale of 0 – 20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Central African Republic

Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with minimum 12 (scale of 0 – 20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Chad

Baccalauréat with minimum 14 (scale of 0 – 20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Chile

Licencia de Educación Media with minimum 5 required (scale of 0 – 7)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from China

Senior/Upper Middle School Graduation Certificate with minimum 85%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Columbia

Bachiller with minimum of 7 required (scale of 0 – 10)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Congo

Baccalauréat with minimum 14 (scale of 0 – 20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Costa Rica

Diploma de conclusión de estudios de educación diversificada or Bachillerato with 80/100, 8/10 or “Notable”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Côte d'Ivoire

Baccalauréat / Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with 14 (scale of 0-20)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Croatia

Secondary School Leaving Diploma with minimum 3/5 or “Dobar”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Cuba

Bachiller/Bachillerato or Diploma de Graduado Pre-Universitario with minimum 80%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Cyprus

North (Turkish-Cypriot)
Lise Diplomasi with minimum 7/10

South (Greek-Cypriot)
Apolyterion with minimum 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Czech Republic

Vysvědčení o Maturitni Zkoušce with minimum 2/5 or “Chvalitebný”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Denmark

Studentereksamen; Højere Forberedelseseksamen or “HK”; Højere handelseksamen or “HHK”; or Højere teknisk eksamen or “HTX” with minimum 8/13

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Dominican Republic

Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Ecuador

Bachillerato with minimum 8/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Egypt

Thaanawiya with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from El Salvador

Bachiller with minimum 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Eritria

School Leaving Certificate with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Estonia

Secondary School Certificate with minimum 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Ethopia

Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination with minimum B or 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Fiji

Form 7 Examination with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Finland

Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg with minimum 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from France

Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré; Diplôme de Bachelier de Technicien, depending on course complement; or Baccalauréat Professionel, depending upon course complement, with minimum grades of 12/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Gabon

Baccalauréat or Baccalauréat Technique, depending on course complement, with minimum grades of 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Gambia

WAEC Senior Secondary results with at least five grades (including English Language) of C5 or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Georgia

Sashualo ganatlebis atestati with minimum grades of 4/5 or “Kargi”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Germany

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/Abitur examination with grades of 3 or lower (scale of 6-1) on Certificate and 8 or better (scale of 0-15) on Abitur

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Ghana

Five grades of “C” or better on WAEC exams, including English Language

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Greece

Apolyterio with minimum grades of 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Guatemala

Bachiller en Ciencas y Letras with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Haiti

Baccalauréat or Diplôme d’Enseignement Secondaire with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Honduras

Bachiller en Ciencias y Letras or Bachillerato with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Hong Kong

HKALE results with minimum grades pf "E"

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Hungary

Gimnaziumi Erettsegi Bizonyitvany with minimum grades of 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Iceland

Studentsprof with minimum 6/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from India

Higher Secondary Certificate with minimum 60% overall

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Indonesia

Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menegah Unum with minimum grades of 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Iran, Islamic Republic of

Pre-University Year with minimum grades of 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Iraq

Baccalaureate with minimum grades of 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Ireland

Leaving Certificate with at least two higher level grades of C or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Israel

Teudat Bagrut with 7/10 or 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Italy

Diploma dell' Esame di Stato conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore with minimum grades of 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Japan

Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shosho with min grades of 3 (scale of 1-5); 4 in required courses

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Jordan

Tawjihi with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Kazakhstan

Atestat o Srednem Obrazovanii or Diplom o Srednem Spetsialnom Obrazovanii with minimum grades of 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Kenya

Minimum “B” average on Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Korea, Republic of

Immungye Kodung Hakkyo Choeupchang with “C” average or 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Kuwait

Shahadat Al-Thanawiya-Al-A’ama with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Latvia

Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību with minimum 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Lebanon

Baccalauréat II with minimum grades of 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Lesotho

Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with five results of 5 or better including that for English Language

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Liberia

Five grades of “C” or better on WAEC exams, including English Language

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Lichtenstein

Matura

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Lithuania

Maturity Certificate

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Luxembourg

Diplôme de Maturité or Diplôme de Fin d’Études Secondaire

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Macedonia

Svidetelstvo za Zavreno Sredno Obrazovanie with minimum 70% or 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Madagascar

Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with minimum 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Malawi

Malawi National Examinations Board exam results with grades of 1.00 – 6.00

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with “B” average or 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Mali

Baccalauréat Malien with minimum 12/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Malta

Matriculation Certificate or at least two A levels at grade “C” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Mauritania

Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with minimum 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Mauritius

GCE with at least two A levels at grade C or better or French Baccalauréat with minimum 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Mexico

Bachillerato; refer to grade scale on transcript

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Moldova

Diploma de Baccalaureat or Atestat de Studii Medii with minimum 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Mongolia

Certificate of Complete Secondary Education with excellent grades or one year of study from a recognized university

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Morocco

Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire with minimum 12/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Mozambique

Certificado de Habilitação es Literarias with minimum 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Myanmar

One year of study from a recognized university with minimum 65-70% average, depending upon program

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Nambia

GCE results with at least two A levels at grades of “C” or better or one year of study beyond GCSEs

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Nepal

Proficiency Certificate or Higher Secondary with 70% (Division II)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Netherlands

HAVO Diploma (Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs) with 6/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from New Zealand

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level III

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Niger

Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Nigeria

WAEC Senior Secondary results with five grades of C5 or better, including English Language

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Norway

Vitnemål fra den videregående skolen with minimum 4/6 or "C" grade

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Oman

Thanawiya amma with 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Pakistan

Higher Secondary Certificate or Intermediate Certificate with 50% or Second Division standing (60% in required courses)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Panama

Bachiller with minimum 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Papua New Guinea

Higher School Certificate with 70% or “Credit”

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Paraguay

Bachiller with 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Peru

Bachiller with 12/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Philippines

Senior High School diploma with minimum 85% or 2.24/5.00

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Poland

Świadectwo Dojrzałości with 4/6 or Dobry

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Portugal

Certificado de Fim de Estudos Secundárias with 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Qatar

Thanawiya aam Qatari with “B” or 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Romania

Diplomă de Bacalaureat with 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Russian Federation

Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii with 4/5 or Khorosho

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Rwanda

Certificat des Humanities Générales

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Saint Martin/St Maarten

Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Saint Pierre & Miquelon

Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Saudi Arabia

Tawjihiyah with minimum 85%; in addition, a minimum grade of 85% in math is needed for degree programs that require math

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Scotland

Scottish Certificate of Education at the Higher Level, or at least two GCE A levels with grades of “C” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Senegal

Baccalauréat or Diplôme de Bachelier de l’Enseignement du Second Degré with 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Serbia & Montenegro

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Admissions Guidelines for Students from Seychelles

At least two GCE A levels with grades of “C” or better or one year of study beyond O levels

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Sierra Leone

WAEC Senior Secondary results with five grades of C5 or better, including English Language

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Singapore

Sijil am Pelajaran Singapure-At least two Advanced level grades of C or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Slovakia

Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej Skúške with minimum 2/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Slovenia

Maturiteno spričevalo with minimum 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Solomon Islands

At least two GCE A levels at grade “C” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Somalia

At least two GCE A levels at grade “C” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from South Africa

Senior Certificate with Matriculation Endorsement with 70% or “B” average

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Spain

Título de Bachiller with minimum average of 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education Advanced Level or General Certificate of Education with at least two grades at “C” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Sudan

Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with five results of “5” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Suriname

CXC with minimum grades of 3, or at least two GCE A Levels with grades of “C” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Swaziland

Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with five results of “5” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Sweden

Slutbetyg Från Gymnasieskola with Väl Godkänd/VG (Pass with Distinction)

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Switzerland

Maturitätszeugnis, Certificat de Maturite, or Attestato di Maturita

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Syria

Baccalauréat or Al Shahada Al Thanawiya

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Taiwan, Province of China

Senior High School Leaving Certificate

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Tajikistan

Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii with 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Thailand

Matayom VI with average of 3/4 or 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Togo

Baccalauréat with minimum average of 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Tunisia

Baccalauréat with minimum average of 14/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Turkey

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi with 4/5 or “B” grades

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Turkmenistan

Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii with 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Uganda

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate or East African Advanced Certificate of Education with grades of “C” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Ukraine

Attestat pro povnu zagal’nu seredno osbitu with 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from United Arab Emirates

Thanawiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with minimum 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from United Kingdom

GCE Advanced level with minimum two grades of C or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Uruguay

Bachiller or Bachillerato with minimum 7/12

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Uzbekistan

Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii with 4/5

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Venezuela

Bachiller with minimum average of 16/20

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Viet Nam

Bang Tôt Nghiêp Phô Thông or Bang TuTai Hai with minimum average of 7/10

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Yemen

Thanawiya with minimum average of 70%

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Zambia

Zambian School Certificate with at least five of “5” or better

Admissions Guidelines for Students from Zimbabwe

General Certificate of Education (GCE) with at least two A levels at grade “C” or better

Requirements for Applied Science

  • Precalculus Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics recommended


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Biology

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics
  • Chemistry


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Business Administration

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Canadian Studies

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Chemistry

  • Precalculus Mathematics
  • Chemistry


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Classical Studies

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Community Development

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Computer Science

  • Precalculus Mathematics


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Economics

  • Bachelor of Arts - Academic or Precalculus Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science - Precalculus Mathematics


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Education

A recognized Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.67 (70%) GPA in the last three years (90 credit hours) of undergraduate study.

Requirements for Engineering

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for English

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Environmental & Sustainability Studies

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Environmental Geoscience

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics
  • Chemistry


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Environmental Science

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics
  • Chemistry


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for French

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Geology

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics
  • Chemistry


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for German

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for History

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Kinesiology

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Law & Society

  • TBA


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Mathematics & Statistics

  • Precalculus Mathematics with a minimum 70% (or the equivalent)


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Mathematics Education

  • Precalculus Mathematics with a minimum 70% (or the equivalent)


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Music

  • A live or recorded audition is required of all prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Therapy degrees


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Music Therapy

  • A live or recorded audition is required of all prospective students interested in the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Therapy degrees


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Nutrition & Dietetics

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics
  • Chemistry


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Philosophy

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Physics

  • Precalculus Mathematics
  • Physics recommended


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Politics

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Psychology

  • Academic or Precalculus Mathematics


When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Sociology

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Spanish

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Theatre

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Theology

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Requirements for Women's & Gender Studies

When choosing your high school courses, you should note that several courses taken in the first year of university have secondary school prerequisites. Generally, students continuing university work in subjects available in secondary school are advised to have senior year secondary school standing in those subjects.

Mature Student Requirements

Not all paths lead to starting university immediately after high school. If you are a mature student, our small classes and the strong level of interaction between our faculty and students may be the right fit for you.

A mature student is someone who:

  • plans to study on a full-time basis
  • has been out of high school for a minimum of four years
  • does not meet the published academic admission guidelines

As a mature applicant, you will need to provide:

  • transcripts of all academic work completed, such as your high school transcript and transcripts from any courses or programs you took at other universities or colleges
  • two letters of reference from employers
  • a resume
  • an outline of your future plans

    and to be present for interviews if required.

We may encourage you to take up to 18 credit-hours of specified courses as an independent part-time student. A typical Fall or Winter course is 3 credit-hours, and a full-year course is 6 credit-hours.

If you achieve grades of C- or better in each of those courses, we will admit you to a degree program, and the credits you earned will count towards your program.

Send official transcripts by mail to:

Admissions Office
Acadia University
15 University Ave
PO Box 7
Wolfville NS
B4P 2R6 Canada

References, your future plans, and other supporting documents can be emailed to admissions@acadiau.ca

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Applying for Readmission Requirements

If you would like to return to Acadia for further studies, you will need to re-apply if:

  • you have been absent from Acadia for one academic year or longer
  • you graduated from the program you were admitted for
  • you were subject to academic dismissal

If you were dismissed from Acadia and you are re-admitted, you will have an academic standing of probation.

What you’ll need to apply:

  • $40 CDN application processing fee
  • All official transcripts for studies completed at any other institutions
  • An up-to-date resume outlining your work experience, volunteer activities, and educational background

If you are reapplying after a period of academic dismissal, you also need to include a cover letter and letter of reference. Your cover letter should explain why you feel you did not perform well at Acadia in the past and why you would do better if readmitted.

Send official documents (transcripts from other institutions, etc.) by mail to:

Admissions Office
Acadia University
15 University Ave
PO Box 7
Wolfville NS
B4P 2R6
Canada

Resumes, cover letters, and other documents may be emailed to admissions@acadiau.ca

Homeschool Student Requirements

Homeschooled students are welcome to apply to Acadia. We review these applications on a case-by-case basis. You will be asked to provide documentation such as:

  • a cover letter
  • course grades
  • outlines of the curriculum covered in your schooling, including a list of books/textbooks
  • completion of specific program required courses
  • any external test scores or transcripts, and grades, cover letters, etc.

Please send official documents (such as external test scores or transcripts) by mail to:

Admissions Office
Acadia University
15 University Ave
PO Box 7
Wolfville NS
B4P 2R6
Canada

Transfer Student Requirements

Acadia welcomes students from other universities who are interested in transferring to Acadia or in taking select courses here. Acadia’s small town environment, student research opportunities, and strong student-faculty interaction may offer the right fit for you.

  • $40 CDN application processing fee
  • All official mid-year or final university transcripts

Letter of Permission

If you would like to take one or more courses at Acadia while you continue to attend your home university, you will need a Letter of Permission. Complete our application form and have your university’s Registrar send us a letter of permission and an official transcript. The letter of permission establishes that your home university will recognize the credits that you plan to earn at Acadia.

Transferring to Acadia

If you would like to transfer to Acadia and earn your degree here, please complete the admission application and ask your current university to send us your transcript for evaluation.

Transfer credits will normally be given for individual courses which are applicable to your intended undergraduate degree program of study. Courses must have a minimum grade of C- to be eligible for transfer credit.

Most of our programs require you to have a 2.0 GPA. The following programs require a 2.5 GPA:

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Community Development
  • Applied Science (Engineering)

Please have transcripts and other official documents mailed to:

Admissions Office
Acadia University
15 University Ave
PO Box 7
Wolfville NS B4P 2R6
Canada

Other applicable documents may be emailed to admissions@acadiau.ca

English Requirements

Since English is the language of instruction at Acadia University, you must be able to communicate competently in English both orally and in writing. If your first language is not English, you may be required to present your TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL or PTE Academic scores. Acadia's English requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL - 90 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • IELTS - 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0
  • CAEL/CAEL Online - 70 with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam (CAE) - Pass A,B or C - 180 or above with no subtest score below 173
  • PELMO - 65 with no section below 30
  • Cambridge B2 First Exam (FCE): Pass A - 180 with no subtest score below 173
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): Minimum score of 115, with no sub score below 90

If you have studied in an English medium of instruction for three years, the language proficiency requirement may be waived.

If you do not meet our English requirements but are academically admissible, you may receive an offer of admission allowing you to begin your degree program upon successful completion of our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. For more information visit the English Language Centre.

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After you've applied

We’ll email you to let you know we received your application. If we need more information, we’ll post a request to your application status. Once you’ve sent in all the required documents, we’ll make an admission decision within 3 to 4 business days.

Study Permit

In order to obtain a Study Permit, an offer of admission must be made. When we send you an offer of admission, we will issue you a letter that you will use to obtain a Study Permit.

Your next steps

  • Are you ready? If you’ve applied and been admitted, you can accept your offer to confirm that you plan to come to Acadia.
  • Once you’ve accepted your offer, you can apply for a room in Residence.