Bridging Program for International Students
Ohio Northern University offers an English Language Bridging Program that allows non-native English speaking students with TOEFL scores between 480-549 (paper-based), or 54-78 (internet-based), to begin taking college courses for credit while taking Bridging courses to improve academic English skills before entering into full-time regular university study in their respective majors. Students who successfully complete two semesters in the Bridging Program may enter into full-time study in their academic majors beginning the following summer or fall.
Advantages of the Bridging Program:
- Students begin earning college credits in courses that fulfill some degree requirements while improving their English skills.
- Bridging courses focus on further development of academic listening, reading, speaking and vocabulary.
- Students enrolled in the Bridging Program in the fall semester begin coursework in the college-composition sequence that fulfills the University's English writing requirement.*
*Placement in English Composition 1411 or English Composition 1511 is determined by a writing assessment given to international students during orientation.
How does the Bridging Program Work?
Qualified students enter the Bridging Program in the fall and should plan to remain in the program for their first academic year at Ohio Northern University, taking full advantage of the opportunity to focus on improving their English proficiency in preparation for full-time regular academic study. The Bridging Program's course sequence provides a solid foundation in academic English so that, upon successful completion of the coursework, students are better prepared to meet the challenges of full-time academic studies in their chosen major.