Ohio Northern University offers an English Language Bridging Program that allows non-native English speaking students with a TOEFL iBT score between 54 and 78 or an IELTS score of 5.5 to begin taking college courses for credit while also taking courses to improve academic English skills before entering into full-time regular university study in their respective majors. Students who successfully complete the two semesters in the Bridging Program may enter into full-time study in their academic majors, beginning the following summer or fall.
The Advantages of the Bridging Program
- Students begin earning college credits in courses that fulfill some degree requirements while also 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 seminar requirement.*
*Placement in English 1141 or English 1151 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 course work, students are better prepared to meet the challenges of full-time academic studies in their chosen disciplines (majors).