Experienced BridgePathways Advisors understand that choosing the right university in the U.S. is an important decision. You’ll start by filling out a pre-application to tell us more about your plans. Then a Bridge Advisor will help you research universities that fit your individual needs and goals, taking into account your chosen degree program, preferences for university location and size, and your budget.
Bridge currently has 7 university partners across the United States with 200+ undergraduate and graduate degrees offered! Whether you prefer a mid- to large-sized school in an urban center or a smaller campus in a quieter town, we have a university partner that matches your preferences and academic goals.
Bridge assists prospective international students with the process of applying to a Bridge partner university in the U.S. at every step. Once you and your advisor have chosen the best-fit university for you, Bridge Admissions will:
Don’t worry—Bridge can help. Our Academic English program helps international students who need to improve their English gain acceptance into U.S. universities through what is called "conditional admission."
Conditional admission means you are accepted to a Bridge partner university on the condition that you successfully complete the Academic English program first. Once you complete the English program, you will be fully admitted to the university and you will not be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test prior to admission!
This depends on your English level when you enter the program, but for most students the Academic English program is between 6 months and one year. Read more about Academic English.
To get a sense of your current English level, you can take a free assessment test online: Bridge Online Language Test (BOLT). This can help you understand your strengths and areas for development in comprehension, vocabulary, grammar and reading.
Yes! Bridge university partners offer many scholarships that are just for international undergraduate students. You can view all scholarships here.
Bridge partner universities offer a variety of housing options for students including on-campus, off-campus and host family accommodations.
On campus housing is available at all Bridge partner universities. First-year students are encouraged to live on-campus with their classmates, since it’s a good way to get involved in university activities, meet new people, and practice English. Bridge partners offer a variety of on-campus living options, including student dormitories or “dorms” (shared by two students), larger suites, and apartment-style residences.
All of our university partners either offer their own off-campus housing or they can assist international students in securing independent, off-campus housing. Living off-campus is usually recommended for older, graduate-level students or for students with spouses and children. Living off campus usually requires taking public transportation to class.
In some cases, Bridge is able to secure host family accommodations for students. Students attending BridgeEnglish in Denver generally live with host families. Living with a host family can provide extra support and great cultural interactions, and encourages students to practice their English at all times.
If you plan to start university in the fall (August), you timeline should look something like this:
A credential evaluation is something you’ll probably be asked to provide if you are an international student applying to a U.S. university and you have previously enrolled in college-level courses in another country. This is nothing to fear! It is simply a review of your educational records by an independent organization. The reason for the review is that transcripts, diplomas and coursework are not standardized worldwide, resulting in variance from one country to the next. Credential evaluators are uniquely qualified to evaluate your foreign education credentials, and determine their equivalency to documents in the U.S.
Your BridgePathways Advisor will provide the information you’ll need to begin the student visa application process once you are accepted to a U.S. university (either via direct or conditional admission).
Yes, in most cases. On-campus jobs are permitted for F1 visa holders, who can work up to 20 hours per week. If you are interested in working off-campus, there two different classifications of work, but both must be related to your major of study. For more detailed information on working on an F1 visa, you can read this article or visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
At Bridge, we understand that studying abroad in the U.S. is a big step, and that you may have questions or concerns at different points in your academic career.