Only those students admitted to Old Dominion University who have scored between 500-550 (iBT 61-79) on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) are eligible for the Undergraduate or Graduate Bridge Program. International students must submit an application to the Office of International Admissions.
Permanent Residents must submit a domestic application to the Office of Admissions. Upon acceptance to Old Dominion University, students whose English language proficiency does not meet the required standard are placed into the Bridge Program.
The Undergraduate Bridge Program is a university program designed for undergraduate students who are nonnative English speakers with TOEFL scores between 500 and 550, (iBT 61-79). The Undergraduate Bridge Program curriculum combines credit courses with a noncredit course in English.
With the help of an advisor, Undergraduate Bridge Program students enroll in up to 2 classes (8 hours) of credit course work. One of these classes must be from the designated general education courses; the other class should be one that is needed for the student's degree.
In addition to the credit courses, the Bridge student enrolls in 8-hours of noncredit ESL classes. The curriculum for this noncredit class is designed to provide personalized assistance in coordination of assignments and class work in the student's specific general education course, as well as general language instruction to improve the writing, reading, listening/note-taking and speaking skills needed for success at Old Dominion University.
Length of Study
Students may study in the Undergraduate Bridge Program for up to 2 semesters. Undergraduate Bridge students gain unconditional admission to Old Dominion University by scoring a minimum of 550 (iBT 79-80) on the TOEFL or by successfully completing 2 semesters of the Undergraduate Bridge Program with a grade point average of 2.5 in their credit courses and a grade of B and 85% attendance in their English noncredit course.
Like the Undergraduate Bridge Program, the Graduate Bridge Program is a special course for graduate students who have been admitted to Old Dominion University and have TOEFL scores between 500 and 550, (iBT 61-79). The curriculum for the semester-long Graduate Bridge (approximately 15 weeks) combines 7 hours per week of English instruction with one 3-hour credit course from the student's graduate program.
Admission to Full-Time Students
Graduate Bridge students will achieve full-time university status and be admitted to Old Dominion University when they successfully complete 2 semesters in the Graduate Bridge Program with a grade of B in their credit classes and a grade of B and 85% attendance in their English classes. Graduate Bridge students can also achieve full-time university status by receiving a TOEFL score of 550 (iBT 79-80).
Lecture 3 hours (non-credit).
This course is designed for students who speak English as their second language and need to improve their writing skills. Students learn how to write a coherent and well-organized essay using correct grammatical structures. The course prepares students to pass the Writing Sample Placement Test and/or the Exit Exam. Final Exam: Writing Sample Placement Test or Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency.
Lecture 3 hours (non-credit).
Course addresses needs of graduate non-native speakers of English who need term paper/thesis-writing skills. Students will develop paraphrasing, editing, proofreading, grammatical and stylistic skills necessary for university term paper and thesis writing. Students' own current work will be utilized for self-correction practice. No Exit Criterion.
Lecture 4 hours (non-credit).
Course addresses pronunciation problems of non-native speakers of English. Includes individualized assessment and remediation of students' speech problems. Final Exam - Institutional SPEAK Test. See Tuition and Fees.