Lamar University uses standardized test scores, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, to determine if students need to take a Bridge course to improve English skills.
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.
Students must take courses in Reading and Writing (RW) and Grammar, Listening, and Speaking (GLS) in consecutive 8-week sessions. If the learning objectives for Bridge completion are not met during the first semester of study, students may continue in the Bridge Program the following semester.
Bridge courses are provided by TIEP at Lamar, a branch campus of the Texas Intensive English Program in Austin. Faculty members of this program are highly qualified with graduate degrees in the field. They are experienced in teaching English language learners.
The Bridge classes fall within the Lamar University Academic Calendar for fall, spring, and summer terms. The weekly schedule is two contact hours every weekday with no classes during LU holidays. The two standard class period options are MTWRF, 9:00 – 11:00 AM or 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.
Students are given a placement exam to determine their English level: Level 130 (Intermediate), Level 140 (High Intermediate), or Level 150 (Low Advanced).
TIEP at Lamar’s placement exam is used to group students of similar abilities together for studies each semester. Students may have taken the TOEFL or IELTS months prior to arrival, so their English skills may have changed since then. Additionally, to group students together by their varying English skills, one standard of testing is needed. Unlike the TOEFL or IELTS, the TIEP placement exam is not a test for admission purposes and is not used to waive the Bridge requirement.
Level 150: C (70 or above) Level 140: B (80 or above) Level 130: Must complete higher Bridge level
For Spring 2017, the total tuition is $2,712. Pay this to the LU Cashier along with your other tuition/fees.
Bridge classes are non-credit, which means they do not count toward any degree program.