Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

BridgePathways at


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Since 2012, Jefferson - East Falls Campus graduates have achieved an average job placement and graduate school acceptance rate of 95 percent

Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University have combined to form the new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), designed to deliver high-impact education and value for students in architecture, design, fashion, textiles, health, business, engineering, medicine, science, liberal arts, and more.

An outstanding faculty of scholars, practitioners and industry partners educate students in more than 60 quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The Jefferson East Falls campus location combines a beautiful residential setting with all of the academic and social opportunities available nearby in historic, bustling downtown Philadelphia.

Institutional Mission Statement

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is a student-centered institution that prepares graduates for successful careers in an evolving global marketplace.

By blending the liberal arts and sciences, professional studies, interdisciplinary learning, and collaborations in and out of the classroom, students learn to thrive in diverse and challenging environments.

Our students are encouraged to form supportive relationships with each other as well as faculty, staff, and alumni in an academically rigorous setting that is focused on intellectual and personal growth. Jefferson is an experiential learning community where integrity, creativity, curiosity, ethics, responsibility, and the free exchange of ideas are valued.

Academic English Tuition & Start Dates

Course 2020
Term Price
BridgePathways 8 weeks (24 hours/week) $3,811
10 weeks (20 hours per week) $3,970
Term Start Dates*
  • January 6
  • March 16
  • May 18
  • August 17
  • October 19
  • 8 Weeks
  • 8 Weeks
  • 10 Weeks
  • 8 Weeks
  • 8 Weeks

*Term start dates subject to vary by a few days.

Fees and additional services

  • Registration Fee
  • Express Mailing of I-20
  • Private ESL Classes
  • Materials and Resources Fee
  • $155
  • $97
  • $95 per hour
  • $199 per term

Holidays observed at BridgePathways at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University):

  • January 1
  • January 21
  • February 18
  • May 27
  • July 4
  • September 2
  • November 28 - 29
  • December 25
  • January 1
  • January 20
  • February 17
  • May 25
  • July 3
  • September 7
  • November 26 - 27
  • December 25

*Martin Luther King holiday is observed at all centers except Denver.

**Presidents' Day is observed at the Denver center only.

The BridgePathways® Academic English Program was developed precisely for international students to succeed in a U.S. academic environment.

As a BridgePathways student you will:

  • Develop your English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Be assigned coursework designed to prepare you for university assignments
  • Learn how to successfully participate in discussions and lectures
  • Prepare for standardized tests
  • Participate in essential social and cultural immersion experiences

BridgePathways is a goal-oriented program that is customized and targeted based on your current level. It’s how we measure your success and help you reach your desired goals. With BridgePathways, you are assured the ultimate preparation for success at your U.S. university.

The park-like setting of Jefferson - East Falls campus, located within one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, provides students with a unique university experience. Jefferson fosters an environment of student engagement and development via a wide variety of social and scholarly organizations, leadership opportunities and athletics.

Clubs and Organizations

Jefferson students are encouraged to take an active role in their college experience by joining one of the many on-campus clubs and organizations. Choose from a diverse range of active groups, including fraternities and sororities, career-focused clubs such as the Accounting Society or the Mock Trial Club, or social organizations like the Outdoors Club or Tango Club.

Leadership Opportunities

The Student Government Association at Jefferson offers leadership opportunities for dedicated students to work with administration to make changes within the university community. The university also offers the Emerging Leaders Program for freshman, with is a certificate program designed to promote student development through discussion, exercises and workshops. Other leadership opportunities include civic engagement projects through the office of Community Service Learning, as well as Resident Assistant positions, student athletics, and more.

Athletics and Intramurals

At Jefferson - East Falls Campus , athletics are taken seriously. With 17 varsity teams for men and women, including basketball, baseball, softball, cross-country, rowing and golf, plus athletic clubs with state-of-the-art facilities, the university makes it easy for students to play as hard as they work. Join a club or team, or if you’re not athletic, catch the spirit of Jefferson by attending a Rams game to cheer on the team!

Residence Life

The Office of Residence at Jefferson recognizes that students spend most of their time outside the classroom, making campus living a key part of the college experience. Partridge Hall on the East Falls Campus, for first year students, offers rooms for one to four students, and features a social lounge, kitchen and laundry area. This is a perfect opportunity for BridgePathways students to improve their English skills! Each living area is assigned a graduate Residence Coordinator and undergraduate Resident Assistant, who lives among students, to provide leadership and support.  

How to Apply to BridgePathways at Philadelphia University

  • 1. Click "Apply Now"
  • 2. Select Philadelphia University
  • 3. Select your start date.
  • 4. Confirm your application.

With BridgePathways:

  • You can apply year-round.
  • University partners offer conditional admission to qualified students.
  • Receive a TOEFL/IELTS waiver upon successful completion of the program.


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