What qualifications do I need if my first language is not English?
Instruction at UBC and SFU is in English and there are requirements for proficiency. The program requires either a TOEFL (100 iBT) or IELTS (7.0) test, if your first language is not English, or you have not had instruction at an English speaking University. If you do not have a sufficient score, it is recommended that you do not apply. Bioinformatics courses are difficult enough already, and if you do not have the language skills to understand and process the required information, you will not be successful in the program.
If you have already studied at an English-speaking secondary institution, then the English proficiency test is not required.
Note: GRE is not required for application to the program, but it may be helpful to the admissions committee in evaluating international applications.