Bridge Program


In the Bridge Program, students receive academic and linguistic support in 1-2 university-level courses.

College students face many challenges in the university setting, including:

  • Developing independent study skills;
  • Interacting with professors and classmates; and
  • Managing a larger amount of reading assignments.

International students face these aspects of American college life, as well—but with the added challenge of communicating in another language.

The University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI) addresses these issues through its Bridge Program.

“The Bridge Program is a very good transition program when going into UD. They provide information about UD resources, teach students about time management skills and the academic environment in UD. All of them are very helpful for manage the busy UD life.”     Xiaxin Zhong, UD Class of 2017

Learn more about the Bridge Program:


What is the Bridge Program?

In the Bridge Program, eligible students take one ELI course and one or two undergraduate-level courses.

For every hour of university class, the students meet with a Bridge Leader for another hour of review, or recitation. This provides the additional academic and linguistic support that some international students need for success.

Through the Bridge Program, students learn to develop successful study habits for their college career so they can:

  • Communicate appropriately in person and via email with advisors, administrators, professors, and classmates;
  • Understand the professor’s expectations for attendance, class behavior, participation, answering test questions, and grading;
  • Organize and manage their time, tasks and class work;
  • Use effective study strategies for learning new information to be successful on tests; and
  • Are aware of and effectively utilize the academic resources on campus.

Click here to view the Pre-Bridge Handbook.


Program Requirements

Who can participate in Bridge?

The following types of students may participate in the Bridge Program:

  • ELI students in the Undergraduate Conditional Admissions Program (CAP) who have:
    • met one of their language requirements (either for Listening/Speaking class or Reading/Writing class); and
    • have earned at least a B average (3.0 GPA) with a strong effort score at the ELI.
  • ELI students (non-CAP) who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in the United States who have:
    • passed English for Academic Purposes Level V Listening/Speaking with a B average; and
    • earned an overall average of “B” (3.0 GPA) at ELI with a strong effort score.
  • Recently matriculated UD students who are seeking extra support during a summer session or during their first semester as a full-time student.


Additional Requirements

Online Application Completed by deadline (Click here to apply for Bridge)
GPA-ELI courses 3.0 or higher (B average over two most recent ELI sessions)
ELI Effort Score 1-1.5 average (1 = outstanding, 2 = satisfactory, 3 = unacceptable)
Teacher Recommendation Highly recommended
Interview Demonstrates academic readiness


What are the benefits?

In the Bridge Program, students may:

  • Start taking university classes earlier;
  • Perform better on tests with the extra academic support (and thus start with a higher GPA);
  • Gain confidence communicating appropriately with professors and classmates; and
  • Earn college credit.


What do Bridge Leaders do?

Bridge Leaders are hired and paid to give academic, linguistic and study skill support for university classes in which they have some expertise.

They are trained and supported from the Bridge Coordinator throughout the semester, but they mainly work with students by doing the following:

  • Being a role model of good time management, organization, study habits, knowledge/use of academic resources, and engagement with the material and classmates;
  • Having a good understanding of UD’s education system and the professor’s expectations to be able to explain them to the Bridge Students;
  • Leading small group recitation sessions 1-3 times a week to review the notes from class lectures and homework assignments, discuss the professor’s expectations and how to effectively work on group projects with Americans (if applicable), and hold students accountable for managing their time and work;
  • Communicating with the students and Bridge Coordinator in person and via email; and
  • Attending the UD classes for the course, if necessary.

If you are a UD student and you would like to inquire about applying to this position, please contact and send your resume to Julie Lopez.

“The Bridge Leaders were very helpful and they paved the way for us to better understand the life at UD.” -Anonymous Student from Fall 2013

Important dates for the Bridge Program

Application deadline

The deadline for applying for the Spring 2017 Bridge Program is Thursday, December 15, 2016. Click the button below to apply for the Bridge Program.

Spring 2017 Bridge Program Dates

January 5
ELI Session III 2017 Begins (Bridge Prep + one ELI class)
February 6
UD Spring Semester Classes Begin
February 20
Last Day to Drop a UD Class and Receive a Refund
March 6
ELI Session IV 2017 Begins
April 10
Last Day to Withdraw from a UD Class without Academic Penalty
April 28
ELI Session IV 2017 Ends (no break before Session V starts)
May 22-25
UD Final Exam Week
June 16
ELI Session V 2017 Ends

Frequently-Asked Questions

Which university courses are available in the fall and spring semesters?

“What I liked most was that I could see what the UD class was like. I could see what differences I have with American students in studying. I could see how much I should improve my English skills. I really liked my Bridge Leader because she helped me a lot.” -Anonymous Student from Spring 2013

Depending on their language competency, Bridge students may enroll in:

  • one breadth requirement (or multicultural requirement) class; or
  • one math class (determined by where they place on a mandatory math placement exam); or
  • one math class and one breadth requirement (or multicultural requirement) class.

These courses are often outside of the student’s major but are required for graduation.

Class choices include the following multicultural and breadth requirement classes listed below:

Course Number Course Name
HRIM316 Cross-Cultural Etiquette and Protocol (Multicultural Requirement)
PHIL204 World Religions (Multicultural Requirement)
ART204 Media/Design/Culture (Group A)
PLSC103 Landscape and Field Sketching (Group A)
ANTH101 Intro to Anthropology (Group B)
FASH213 Twentieth Century Design: Ethnic Influence (Group B)
HIST103 World History I (Group B)
HIST104 World History II (Group B)
HIST131 Islamic Near East: 1500-Present (Group B)
HIST137 East Asian Civilization: China (Group B)
HIST206 U.S. History: Civil War to the Present (Group B)
HIST220 American Civil Rights Movement (Group B)
LEAD101 Global Contexts for Leadership (Group B)
WOMS202 Women’s Studies in Global Context (Group B)
ANTH230 Peoples of the World (Group C)
BHAN155 Personal Health Management: An Approach for a Lifetime (Group C)
COMM220 Gender and Communication (Group C)
GEOG102 Human Geography (Group C)
HDFS201 Life Span Development (Group C)
HDFS202 Diversity and Families (Group C)
HDFS230 Families and Their Communities (Group C)
LEAD100 Leadership, Integrity and Change (Group C)
LING101 Introduction to Linguistics I (Group C)
PSYC100 General Psychology (Group C)
WOMS201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (Group C)
MATH115 Pre-Calculus*
MATH117 Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers*
MATH221 Calculus (Group D)*
MATH241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A (Group D)*
ARTH 151  Myth, Religion and Art (Group A)
UAPP 110 Changing the World and Public Policy (Group C
ANFS102 Food for Thought (Group D)

(click here to find course descriptions)

* NOTE: The university’s Math Placement Exam must be taken in order to be placed into a math class.

Which university courses can I take during the summer?

Summer Session Bridge students may enroll in one UD math class for each summer session based on the level they place into on the math placement test. After students apply to Bridge, they will be notified via email when the math placement test will be held.

Summer Bridge Students will NOT be permitted to take breadth requirement classes unless they receive special permission.

Summer Bridge Students will NOT be permitted to take breadth requirement classes unless they receive special permission.

Can I take a summer or winter session course at UD after I graduate from ELI?

While students are still at ELI, there is a hold on their account, so they are unable to register for any UD courses outside of Bridge.

Students who are conditionally admitted through CAP have their ELI holds removed after they meet all of their CAP requirements and graduate from the ELI, though they do not officially become fully matriculated UD students until the start of the spring or fall semester. ELI will remove their hold on or shortly after graduation day, and OISS will issue them a new I-20 to study as a university student instead of as a language student.

CAP students are NOT recommended to take a summer or winter UD session; instead, they should start as a regular full-time student in the fall or spring. This is because winter and summer session classes are intense. They are only 4-5 weeks long and they contain the same amount of homework and information as a regular semester-long course, so there is an enormous amount of reading required and the pace of the class is very quick.

If matriculated students want to take a summer or winter session course at UD, they must both contact OISS about their plans to work out visa issues and the ACCESS Center by calling 302-831-8843 to set up an advisement appointment to register for a course. Students may contact the ACCESS Center for an appointment only after they have graduated from ELI. There is at least two weeks between ELI graduation and the start of the next winter/summer session at UD to register for a course.

What is the price of the Bridge Program?

Bridge  students pay a special semester-long tuition rate for their final ELI course and for Bridge support. In addition, Bridge students are required to pay the university’s tuition rate for each credit of the university course.

ELI Tuition price for 2016-2017 Academic Year (until August 2016): $3,940*
*This does not include the tuition rate for the UD course.

 University of Delaware tuition cost for Fall 2016, (for each credit hour): $1290


Who can I contact about the Bridge Program?

Students who are interested in the Bridge program can contact the ELI’s Bridge Coordinator:

Julie Lopez
108 East Main Street, Room# 217A
Newark, Delaware 19713

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