International students who apply to Lamar University may receive Bridge admission if their English proficiency is slightly below the necessary level for regular admission.  Here are the answers to some common questions Bridge students have.

Bridge Program

Why do I need to take a Bridge course?

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.

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

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?

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.

Who teaches the Bridge courses?

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.

What is the schedule of the Bridge course?

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.

How do I know what Bridge course I need to take?

Students are given a placement exam to determine their English level: Level 130 (Intermediate), Level 140 (High Intermediate), or Level 150 (Low Advanced).

Why do I need to take another test if I already took the TOEFL or IELTS?

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.

What are the requirements to complete the Bridge Program?

Level 150: C (70 or above)            Level 140: B (80 or above)            Level 130:  Must complete higher Bridge level

How much does a Bridge course cost?

For Spring 2017, the total tuition is $2,712.  Pay this to the LU Cashier along with your other tuition/fees.

Is the Bridge class for credit?

Bridge classes are non-credit, which means they do not count toward any degree program.