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Do I need to do an English Proficiency exam?

Yes. If English is not your first language and/or you have not studied for a minimum of two years at the post-secondary (university) level in countries such as Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, then you are required to complete an English Proficiency exam.

Can I get a waiver on the English Proficiency requirement?

No. The delivery of the courses is through the case method of learning. This is a highly interactive teaching method. To ensure that students can succeed in the Program students will need a very high level of English skills in order to fully participate in case discussions.

The medium of instruction from my school was done in English. Do I still need to do an English Proficiency exam?

Yes. The delivery of the courses is through the case method of learning. This is a highly interactive teaching method. To ensure that students can succeed in the Program students will need a very high level of English skills in order to fully participate in case discussions.

Are there any exceptions to the English Proficiency requirement?

Yes. If you have studied for a minimum of two years in a degree program at the university level in countries such as Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, the United States then you do not have to complete an English Proficiency exam.

Will you accept a copy of my original transcript?

During the application process, transcripts should be scanned and uploaded online. If you are granted an offer of admission, Western University will only accept an “official” copy of your transcript. Western University considers a transcript official only if it is received in a university envelope that is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English, a certified translation must also be included. (Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada do not require a translation.)

Will you accept documentation from physiciansapply.ca (formerly PCRC)?

Yes. You are responsible for requesting that physiciansapply.ca (formerly PCRC) send us your documents.

Will you accept documentation from WES?

No.

I am having problems with the application system.

For technical issues, please contact Western's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Applications team directly at gradapps@uwo.ca or 519.661.2111 x. 82341.

Who can I ask to write a reference letter?

We recommend you ask someone who can best speak to your ability to perform in the classroom and your ability to be a leader or change agent in public health. At least one of your references must come from an academic source. A work supervisor can also provide a letter of reference.