Welcome from the Program Director

Dear Student,

Thank you for your interest in the Bridge Program! The Bridge Program is a college preparatory English language and cultural immersion experience designed for international students, particularly students who desire to attend university in the United States of America. The transition from high school to college can be challenging for any high school student, but it can be especially challenging for international students who must also navigate the complexities of getting an education in their second language from an institution in another culture.

The IWU Bridge Program will offer the opportunity to:

  • Learn about American culture and college life
  • Develope your English speaking and listening skills
  • Develop your English reading and writing skills
  • Develop your social skills
  • Develop your critical thinking skills
  • Participate in cultural enrichment programs and fieldtrips to major cities in the USA
  • Get a head start on your college career by taking dual credit courses that are recognized by most colleges and universities in the USA
  • Learn skills that will help you succeed in an American college or university
  • Be mentored by college students, faculty, and staff who understand cultural dynamics and have experience learning in cross-cultural contexts

To be considered for admission in the Bridge Program, applicants must complete an application and participate in a phone or Skype interview at least 90 days prior to the start of the program. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact me personally.

Sincerely,

Prof. Shawn Yang
Director of International Student Programs
Assistant Professor
shawn.yang@indwes.edu
(765) 677-5724

What is IWU Bridge Program?

The Bridge Program provides a pathway for both international high school students/graduates and first year college students who wish to pursue language competence, cultural intelligence, and higher education at Indiana Wesleyan University. The program ranges from one to three semesters. It is tailored to foster interpersonal and academic English language support to prepare students for authentic college classroom expectations and experiences, and raises student awareness of various cultures on campus to engage in cross-cultural communication. While enrolled in The Bridge Program, students have the opportunity to take English language courses and regular college level courses in addition to participating in various events. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate advanced language proficiency to succeed in an American university setting, develop culturally sensitive intelligence to understand and appreciate different cultures, and become more prepared individuals to further explore their gifts and abilities.

Program Format

Students in the Bridge Program live on the IWU campus and take ESL courses and regular college level courses (depending on levels) that are accepted at IWU and can also transfer to most colleges and universities in the USA. Students may be enrolled in the Bridge Program for one to three semesters

Services & Support

  • A safe "home" environment for students during all non-school hours (a dorm on our campus)
  • Dorm parents and cultural mentors who serve as RDs and RAs
  • Three meals per-day
  • Cultural orientation upon initial arrival in the US and throughout the year
  • Campus resources (health center, library, recreation and wellness center, group meeting rooms, internet access and IT support, student center services)
  • Tutoring services from cultural mentors and ESL support during after school hours
  • Regular college courses that can transfer to IWU or to other colleges and universities in the USA
  • Field trips to cultural attractions in Indiana and in major US cities • US college/university visit tour (additional travel cost required)
  • IWU families (faculty and staff) who host students during homestay holidays
  • Campus security (full-time police force on campus)
  • Bilingual program director (English/Mandarin Chinese)

Bridge Program Curriculum & Outcome

Curriculum

Upon their acceptance in the Bridge Program, students are tested for English language proficiency and placed into either Level 1 (compared to 42—53 TOEFL), Level 2 (compared to 54 —65 TOEFL) or Level 3 (compared to 66-78 TOEFL) classes. In addition to ESL courses, eligible students can take regular college courses (see university catalog for a complete list of courses available at IWU).

Level 1

  • ESL-110 English for Interpersonal Communication I (3 Credits) This course trains students to successfully use English to complete common, everyday, nonacademic tasks and functions, and to converse on common everyday topics with native English speakers.
  • ESL-120 Academic English Listening and Speaking I (3 Credits) In this course, students practice the listening and speaking skills required to begin understanding and participating in introductory-level university classes.
  • ESL-130 Academic Reading I (3 Credits) In this course, students practice academic reading at an intermediate level, focusing particularly on narrative and expository genres. Academic vocabulary and grammar are also taught with the goal of improving reading comprehension.
  • ESL-140 Academic English Writing and Grammar I (3 Credits) In this course, students practice academic reading and writing at an introductory level, focusing particularly on narrative and basic expository genres. In addition, grammar is taught with the goal of improving reading comprehension and writing ability.
  • ESL-150 Special Topics (1 credit) This course provides the opportunity for students to explore specific content areas designed to enhance their cultural and linguistic transition to the Indiana Wesleyan University community. The course will focus on the integration of listening, speaking, reading, and writing about the chosen content for the semester in which it is offered. Such topics may include evangelical Christian culture, trending news, and culture via film.

Level 2

  • ESL-210 English for Interpersonal Communication II (3 Credits) This course trains students to successfully use English to complete common but challenging non-academic tasks and functions, and to converse about social issues and current events with native English speakers.
  • ESL-220 Academic English Listening and Speaking II (3 Credits) In this course, students practice the listening and speaking skills required to successfully understand and participate in introductory-level university classes.
  • ESL-230 Academic Reading II (3 Credits) 3 In this course, students practice academic reading at a high intermediate level, focusing particularly on expository genres. Academic and some specialized vocabulary and grammar are also taught with the goal of improving reading comprehension.
  • ESL-240 Academic English Writing and Grammar II (3 Credits) In this course, students practice academic reading and writing at an introductory level, focusing particularly on common expository and argumentative genres. In addition, grammar is taught with the goal of improving reading comprehension and writing ability.
  • ESL-150 Special Topics (1 credit) This course provides the opportunity for students to explore specific content areas designed to enhance their cultural and linguistic transition to the Indiana Wesleyan University community. The course will focus on the integration of listening, speaking, reading, and writing about the chosen content for the semester in which it is offered. Such topics may include evangelical Christian culture, trending news, and culture via film.

Level 3

Bridge Program students who demonstrate Level 3 English language proficiency will work closely with the academic advisor to determine appropriate regular college courses in addition to required English courses:

  • ENG-100 Pre-composition (3 Credits)
  • ENG-101 Critical Reading (3 Credits)

Some examples of regular college courses available in the Bridge Program include: (see university catalog for a complete list of courses available at IWU).

  • American History
  • Advanced Writing
  • Introduction to Business
  • Chemistry 1 and 2
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Sciences
  • Computer Graphic Imaging Technology
  • Computer Illustration, Computer Programming
  • Early Childhood Education
  • French (levels 1, 2, 3, and 4)
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Sciences (Nursing Preparation, Medical Terminology, Physical Therapy, EMT)
  • Humanities Fine Arts
  • Humanities Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Mandarin (levels 1 and 2)
  • Music Appreciation, Music Performance
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Intercultural Communication; Intercultural Relationships
  • Political Science
  • Spanish (levels 1, 2, 3, and 4)
  • Speech Communication
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • World Civilization 4
  • World Literature

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bridge Program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced interpersonal and academic language proficiency that will enable them to succeed in an American university setting.
  • Display emerging cultural intelligence in cross-cultural situations.
  • Apply basic concepts related to life calling, leadership, and self-management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage themselves independently in an American university setting.

Eligibility & Requirements

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the following in order to be eligible:

  1. The applicant is on an F-1 Visa
  2. English is the applicant’s second language (unless proven to be proficient for regular direct college entry)
  3. Applicant must demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting at least one of the following:
    a. an overall score of 42 or higher on the TOEFL, 5 or higher on the IELTS, or equivalent
    b. a demonstrated proficiency at the A2 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)
    c. a demonstrated overall proficiency at a level deemed appropriate by the Program Director
  4. First Year in American College; or Transfer Student who does not meet IWU English language proficiency requirement:
    a. TOEFL ( www.toefl.org) score of 79 internet-based test
    b. IELTS ( www.ielts.org) score of 6.5
    c. ELS Language Center ( www.ELS.edu) score of 112

Requirements

To be considered for admission in the Bridge Program, applicants must complete the application and participate in a phone or Skype interview at least 90 days prior to the start of the program.

Application Process

  • Submit Application Materials
    The following application materials should be mailed or emailed by March 1 ( for Fall Semester) or November 1 (for Spring Semester):
    • Completed Application
    • Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher
    • Official Transcript from Schools Attended in Previous Two to Four Years
    • TOEFL Score (if available) • SAT or ACT scores sent by testing agency (if available)
    • Proof of Health Insurance that provides coverage in the USA
    • Copy of Passport Pages showing: picture, name, date of birth, passport number, etc.
    • Mailing Address: Indiana Wesleyan University Global Engagement Office 4201 South Washington Street Marion, IN 46953
    • Email Address: global@indwes.edu
  • Phone or Skype Interview
    Upon receiving the completed application and supporting documentation, students will be notified and a phone or Skype interview will be scheduled with the Program Director and English language faculty member.
  • Acceptance Notification
    Approved students will be notified in writing of their acceptance into the Bridge Program. Upon their notification, students will be issued the I-20 so that they may apply for their F-1 Student Visa.

Financial Information & Scholarship

Applicants to the Bridge Program must provide evidence of adequate financial resources to cover all expenses associated with the program. Tuition and Room & Board payments must be made prior to the student's arrival. Bridge Program students are eligible for the Bridge Program Scholarship about $4,490 per semester or $8,980 per year. The following rates are based on one semester and are subject to change:

  • Tuition & Fees 
    • (Before Bridge Program Scholarship) = $12,990/semester
    • (After Bridge Program Scholarship) = $8,500 /semester
  • Books & Supplies = $500/semester
  • Room & Board = $4,000/semester
  • TOTAL payment to be made to Indiana Wesleyan University = $13,000/semester

Personal Expenses not included in the cost above (varies for each student ) • laundry, clothing, bedding, phone, computer, international health insurance, airfare to USA, etc.

Last updated: 09/05/2017