Queen's University Bridging Pathway

QBridge is an English language pathway for students who have been given a conditional offer of admission to a Queen's University undergraduate program.

To be accepted to QBridge, students must apply to a Queen’s University undergraduate program through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

There are two options for QBridge entry into the university. QBridge Accelerated takes place in July and August and the English for Academic Purposes program is run year-round with QBridge intake in September. You will be automatically placed in the appropriate program based on your standardized test score.


QBridge Entry Requirements

English for Academic Purposes   QBridge Accelerated
Fall (September start)   Summer (July-August)

Entry requirements:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall
  • Cambridge English 160
  • TOEFL iBT 58
  • CAEL Overall Band 50 or equivalent
  • Duolingo 80
  • PTE 40
  • MELAB 58

Entry requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 overall
  • Cambridge English 170
  • TOEFL iBT 80
  • CAEL Overall Band 60 or equivalent
  • Duolingo 95
  • PTE 55
  • MELAB 78

Exit requirements*:

  • A- in ESLA 140 (Advanced level), or
  • B in ESLA 150 (University Preparation level)

Exit requirements*:

  • a final grade of B at the end of the summer program


Please note: Queen's University does not accept the IELTS Indicator test.

*Students move into their undergraduate studies as soon as they meet the exit requirements.


Click here for more information about the English for Academic Purposes program

Click here for more information about the QBridge Accelerated program


Please note that Queen's University and Queen's School of English will now recognize the fully online Duolingo language test for the QBridge program.