Center for International Programs

The Bridge Program for Advanced Students

The Bridge Program is a way for IELI students to get experience in a university-level academic class before they become full-time university students.  Students can apply up to 24 undergraduate credits or 9-12 graduate level credits earned in the Bridge Program to their degree.


Bridge students attend 19 hours a week of ESL instruction and attend 1 HSU course (up to 4 semester credits).  Below is an example of a Bridge student’s weekly schedule.

Bridge sample schedule:


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 AM          
9 AM  
 Grammar and Writing
Listening and Speaking  
 Grammar and Writing
Listening and Speaking  
 Grammar and Writing
10 AM
11AM   Writing Lab   Writing Lab  
1 PM COMM 100   COMM 100    
2 PM      
3 PM          
4 PM          



Enrollment in the Bridge Program

To enroll in the Bridge Program, a student must have attended one session of the Advanced Level at the IELI and have one of the following scores:

  • TOEFL iBT – 61  
  • TOEFL PBT – 500
  • IELTS – 5
  • EIKEN – Grade 2A

New students can enter the Bridge Program directly if they meet two criteria:

1. They must go through placement testing and place into the Bridge Level.

2. They must have documentation of one of the following scores:

  • TOEFL iBT – 67  
  • TOEFL PBT – 515
  • IELTS – 5.5
  • EIKEN – Grade Pre-1
  • iTEP – 3.5

The following list is an example of HSU classes recommended for a student enrolling in the Bridge Program for the first time.

  • COMM 100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • COMM 103 Critical Listening & Thinking
  • ENGL 40 Writing Confidence/ILE
  • FILM 102 Introduction to Radio, TV & Film
  • TA 104 Story Through Words & Image

Also, dependent upon a student’s past education and areas of interest, 100 level classes in Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Music, or Art could be recommended.

Bridge Program Requirements

Bridge students must meet the following requirements at all times.

  • Enrollment for the Bridge Program occurs in August and January.  Plan your application and arrivals accordingly.
  • Attend Bridge Program Orientation.  This takes place during the week before classes begin.  Therefore, you must be on campus before the first day of classes.
  • Continue to attend the IELI courses regularly.  Attendance policies still apply to Bridge students.  
  • Maintain a B average in IELI classes.
  • Make satisfactory progress in HSU classes (ie: have at least a grade of C or Credit in each class).
  • Maintain full-time student status at all times.

Placement in the Bridge Program is not automatic, nor is it irrevocable; students must continue to meet requirements to be able to continue as a Bridge student.

If a student does not attend the orientation, is not attending their university classes or their IELI classes, not maintaining required grade averages, or has withdrawn from a university course without first meeting with their adviser, they will be removed from the Bridge Program.  No refunds are given for students who are removed due to not meeting requirements.


One semester of Bridge Program tuition is $5,500.  This includes two sessions of IELI tuition as well as the cost of a 3 unit academic course.  Additional costs, such as student fees, will be applied at the time of enrollment.  For more information please see the Costs page.



Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street.
Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 U.S.A.

Telephone: +1 (707) 826-4142
Fax: +1 (707) 826-3939