An ideal option
When students need to improve their English language skills in order to successfully transition to college, Valdosta State University offers an ideal option – the ELI to VSU Bridge Program. The Bridge Program blends intensive English instruction with university coursework, enabling students to become a fully involved college student at Valdosta State University. Even if you do not fully meet the English language proficiency requirements for admission to Valdosta State University, you still may find a home here through the ELI to VSU Bridge Program. This program is designed for students who meet specific academic criteria in order to enroll in courses designed to prepare you for full admission. For specific questions regarding the Bridge program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should participate in the Bridge Program?
The Bridge Program is designed specifically for students in the intensive English language program who are in the upper levels and/or for students who have scored 60 or better on the TOEFL (500 PBT) or 5.5 or better on the IELTS, and who meet all other university admission requirements. Students who are interested in applying for the Bridge Program should contact the English Language Institute for help with the application process via email email@example.com.
While taking required courses in the English Language Institute, students enroll in one or two university-level courses, depending upon their progress in the ELI and their placement scores. Upon successful completion of the Bridge Program and ESL coursework, students will transition to full-time VSU coursework.
- Bridge Program students participate in seminar-style classes
- Classes are designed to enhance critical thinking and reasoning, written and oral communication expertise, quantitative reasoning and scientific literacy.
- The curriculum, aligned with VSU’s core curriculum helps develop the reading, writing and research skills needed to successfully navigate university academic coursework.
- The focus is on expanding knowledge of academic content and vocabulary, writing in various academic genres using formal English, developing active reading strategies and critical reading skills, and incorporating research into writing.
- Students also learn to use grammatical structures in spoken and written academic contexts and study academic interactions.
- Building lecture-listening and note-taking skills, participating in group and whole class discussions, and incorporating research into presentations are also integral aspects of the program.