EBP is for students with TOEFL or IELTS scores that fall below our minimum requirement for undergraduate admission.

English as a Second Language Bridge Program

Longwood University's English as a Second Language Bridge Program (EBP) is designed to help international students make the transition to an American Univerisity.

How to Apply

  • Apply for Undergraduate Admission to Longwood
  • Submit all required documents and English test scores
  • Wait to be notified by Longwood if you have been admitted thru the Bridged program
  • Receive an I-20 for academic study and more information on your next steps

Admissions Requirements - Test Scores

Undergraduate Admissions 

The required English test scores for undergraduate admission:

  • TOEFL 79/80 IbT; IELTS 6.5

ESL Bridge Program Admissions

The required English test score for the ESL Bridge Program:

  • TOEFL 70-79 or IELTS 5-6.5

The Program

EBP is a full- time academic transition program for new undergraduate students. You'll receive intensive instruction with an emphasis on academic preparation for a degree. 

You'll enroll as a first-semester freshman and take a mix of academic courses and ESL. All credits count toward your degree.

You will also be mentored and coached through your first academic year to ensure your success.

What You'll Learn:

  • Study Skills
  • Research skills
  • Notetaking skills
  • Test-taking skills

Tuition

You will pay the regular undergraduate, out-of-state tuition, fees, room and board. The EBP is part of the cost of the first semester and scholarships may be awarded to support your study if you are enrolled in this program. 

Visit Cashiering and Student Accounts to learn more. 

Benefits

  • ESL support during your first semester of academic study
  • On-campus housing – live with an American student to improve your conversational English
  • No additional costs – pay the standard out-of-state tuition, fees, room and board for the semester
  • ESL credits count toward your degree (as electives)
  • Receive weekly coaching, mentoring and tutoring through the first year of the degree program
  • Partner with Longwood Global Leaders - developing intercultural skills that will help prepare you for living, studying and working in the 21st century 

Courses

Classes are 75 minutes and meet Monday - Friday. 

You'll receive six credits total for EBP courses: TESL 309 (3) and TESL 310 (3). Bridge students take one course from their major and one course from the Core Curriculum. 


Assessment 

At the beginning of the semester, you will take a standardized pre-test, which includes an oral interview and written essay, to determine your strengths and needs. 

At the end of the semester, you will take a post-test to measure your progress.  


Resources

An Adventure in American Culture & Values 

US University Etiquette: How to Succeed When You Study at an American University

5 Key Facts for International Students About U.S. Academic Culture