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.
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.
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.
Level 150: C (70 or above) in Bridge courses Level 140: B (80 or above) in 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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridge courses are non-credit. The courses do not count toward earning a university degree.