Bridge Program

The Saint Leo University Bridge Program is an academic program designed to provide qualified students with the opportunity to adjust smoothly to the US academic environment. The Program serves the needs and the interests of international students who meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for University admission.

» Why choose the Bridge Program at Saint Leo University?

  • Study with highly qualified instructors who are dedicated to your success in the new academic culture.
  • Our classes are designed to support your academic development through providing opportunities to master your academic communication skills, advance your learning skills, and become familiar with the academic culture in the United States.
  • You can earn up to 26 university-level elective academic and 6 university exploration (general education) credits while studying in the Program.
  • Enjoy learning at the beautiful state-of-art campus of the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida and one of the top universities in Central Florida.
  • Be part of Saint Leo University, an academic community that has a century-long tradition of welcoming students of all faiths.

Note, different majors require a different number of elective credits (from 0 to 39). Please refer to the Undergraduate Academic Catalog for more information: http://saintleo.catalog.acalog.com/.

» Eligibility Requirements

If you are ready to start your undergraduate studies but your language proficiency test scores are just below the University general admission requirements, our Bridge Program is for you.

Regular track (2 semesters): The students whose scores show intermediate proficiency level (45-64 – iBT, 5-5.5 – IELTS, 58-69 - MTELP) will be enrolled in the regular two-semester track and will follow the full Bridge Program curriculum.

Fast track: (1 semester): The students whose scores indicate advanced-intermediate level of proficiency (65-78 – iBT, 6 – IELTS, 70-84 - MTELP) will be enrolled in the fast one-semester track which follows a modified curriculum.

Non-native speakers of English who graduated from US high schools and whose verbal SAT scores are below 450 will be tested in order to determine the appropriate Bridge track.

The university reserves the right to make adjustments to the noted admission criteria.

» Course Sequence

Regular Track
Semester 1 (15 credit hours)
ENG 114 – Composition and Grammar for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG 115 – College Reading I (3 credits)
ENG 120 – Listening, Lecture Note-Taking, and Speaking (3 credits)
SLU 105 – Introduction to American Culture and University Life (3 credits)
SLU 110 – Academic Learning Laboratory I (2 credits)
SLU 100 – Introduction to University Experience (1 credit)
Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
ENG 118 – Composition for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG117 – College Reading II (3 credits)
SLU 112 – Academic Learning Laboratory II (2 credits)
SLU 200 – Learning Lab (1 credit)
*Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)
*Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)

Fast Track (15 credit hours)
ENG 118 – Composition for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG117 – College Reading II (3 credits)
SLU 112 – Academic Learning Laboratory II (2 credits)
SLU 105 – Introduction to American Culture and University Life (3 credits)
SLU 100 – Introduction to University Experience (1 credit) *Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)

Contact Information:

Iona Sarieva Ph.D.
Bridge Program Director
Assistant Professor
English, Fine Arts, and Humanities Department
School of Arts and Sciences
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo, FL 33574
Phone: (352) 588-8384
Email: iona.sarieva@saintleo.edu