International students who apply to Lamar University may receive Bridge admission if their English proficiency is lower than the minimum level for regular admission.  Here are the answers to common questions about the Bridge program.

Bridge Program

Why do I need to take Bridge courses?

Lamar University uses standardized test scores, such as the TOEFL iBT or IELTS, to determine if students need to take Bridge courses to improve their English skills.

How many academic courses for my major can I take in addition to Bridge courses?

Contact your academic advisor, as this may vary by program.  Bring your passport to the TIEP at Lamar office in Montagne Center Room 106-A to have your Bridge registration hold deferred before going to your department.

How many Bridge courses do I need to take?

Bridge students must take a Reading and Writing (RW) course and a Grammar, Listening, and Speaking (GLS) course in consecutive 8-week sessions. If students do not meet the requirements for successful completion of the Bridge Program during the first semester of study, they may continue in the Bridge Program the following semester.

What are the minimum requirements to complete the Bridge Program?

Level 150: C (70 or above) in Bridge courses           Level 140: B (80 or above) in Bridge courses

Who teaches the Bridge courses?

Bridge courses are provided by TIEP at Lamar, a branch campus of the Texas Intensive English Program in Austin, Texas.  Faculty members of this program are highly qualified with graduate degrees in the field. They are experienced in teaching English language learners.

What is the schedule of Bridge courses?

Bridge courses fall within the Lamar University Academic Calendar for fall, spring, and summer terms.  The class schedule is two hours each weekday, Monday through Friday, with no classes during Lamar University holidays. Bridge courses typically meet on the following schedule:  8:30-9:30 and 9:35-10:30 or 11:00-12:00 and 12:05-1:00.

Why do I need to take the TIEP at Lamar Placement Exam?

Bridge students may have taken the TOEFL iBT or IELTS many months prior to arrival.  The TIEP at Lamar Placement Exam is used as a common testing standard to place students in courses based on their current English skills. It is not used to waive the Bridge requirement.

How much does a Bridge course cost?

For academic year 2017-2018, the tuition for one 8-week Bridge course is $1,560.  Pay this to the Lamar University Cashier along with your other tuition/fees.

Are Bridge courses for credit?

Bridge courses are non-credit.  The courses do not count toward earning a university degree.