The Bridge Program for Advanced Students

Enrollment for the Bridge Program occurs in August and January. Please plan your application and arrivals to correspond with this schedule.

The Bridge Program is a way for advanced 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 16 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
9 AM  
 Grammar and Writing
Listening and Speaking  
 Grammar and Writing
Listening and Speaking  
 Grammar and Writing
10 AM
11AM  Reading & Discussion
  Reading & Discussion 
1 PM   COMM 100 
   COMM 100
2 PM      


Enrollment in the Bridge Program 

Current students must attend one session of the Advanced level and/or score a 3.2 or higher on the iTEP in order to be eligible for the Bridge program.

New students must place into Bridge during placement testing, which happens at New Student Orientation at the IELI.

Students can use the Cambridge Test to self-assess their readiness for Bridge. A score of 21-23 is the Bridge range. Please note: a Cambridge score is NOT a guarantee of Bridge program enrollment. Placement testing is still required.

Bridge Program Requirements

Bridge students must meet the following requirements at all times.

  • 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is not attending their university classes or their IELI classes, not maintaining required grade averages, or has withdrawn from a university course without first meeting with their adviser, they will be removed from the Bridge Program.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.