Bridge Program

Bridge Program Overview

TSIE's Bridge Program is for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who have been conditionally-admitted to Texas State University on the basis that they have not yet met the university's TOEFL/IELTS language requirements for full admission (TOEFL: 78 iBT, 550 PBT, or IELTS: 6.5). These students are accepted to Texas State by the Undergraduate Admissions Office or The Graduate College who then requires students to enroll in intensive English classes with the TSIE department.

Students not interested in enrolling in a degree program at Texas State will not qualify for the Bridge Program and, instead, should research TSIE's non-conditional admission program: the Intensive English Program (IEP).

The Bridge Program requires students to first apply to Texas State University online at ApplyTexas. Upon successful acceptance to Texas State, the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Graduate College will grant students a Texas State University-issued Form I-20 and a conditional agreement letter stating their requirement to enroll in intensive English classes and complete placement testing.

All Bridge students will be required to enroll in 2 core TSIE classes (reading, listening/speaking, writing, or grammar) for 10 hours per week as well as a set number of academic classes as specified by their academic advisor. After completing all four 4550-level TSIE classes, students will become eligible for full admission.

During the semester, all Bridge students will be encouraged to take the TOEFL or IELTS tests to expedite their status change to full admission. If a student passes a TOEFL or IELTS exam during the semester, the student will become eligible for full admission for the next semester.


Eligible TOEFL/IELTS Scores

The following scores reflect the minimums required for admission to the Bridge Program. If a student has earned more than these scores, they may be eligible for full admission. If a student has earned scores lower than these minimums, they will be encouraged to research the Intensive English Program (IEP).

For an overview of all Texas State and TSIE English requirements, please go here.

Test Eligible Scores (Total)
TOEFL iBT 59-77 (14 minimum in all sections for undergraduate and some graduate programs)
TOEFL PBT 500-547 (not accepted by Graduate College for initial admission)
IELTS 5.5-6.0 (5.5 minimum in all sections)

Bridge Structure

Students will be required to take the TSIE Placement Tests to determine their level for each proficiency skill. According to those results, as well as other English proficiency tests (TOEFL/IELTS if available) and the student's academic and professional goals, TSIE will select which classes and levels the student should enroll in for that semester.
It is possible for students to be at different levels in different skills or to test well enough so that they do not need to enroll in any classes for a specific skill. Overall, TSIE ensures that students enroll in classes that are customized to the student's needs and goals as well as their current ability.
Each level consists of 2 intensive English classes and a number of academic classes for an entire semester (spring, fall, summer). Students are eligible to participate in the Bridge program for a maximum of two semesters. Students will also be encouraged to take a TOEFL or IELTS test every semester to achieve the English requirements.
Note: Bridge students typically test at Levels 4 or 5 for all skills, however, TSIE will make all levels available to the student based on their specific English needs.

Level 1 (1500) - Beginning

  • ESLR 1500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 1500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 1500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 1500 (Grammar)

Level 2 (2500) - Low intermediate

  • ESLR 2500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 2500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 2500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 2500 (Grammar)

Level 3 (3500) - Intermediate

  • ESLR 3500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 3500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 3500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 3500 (Grammar)

Level 4 (4500) - High intermediate

  • ESLR 4500 (Reading)
  • ESLO 4500 (Oral Skills)
  • ESLW 4500 (Writing)
  • ESLG 4500 (Grammar)

Level 5 (4550) - Advanced *

  • ESLR 4550 (Reading) *
  • ESLO 4550 (Oral Skills) *
  • ESLW 4550 (Writing) *
  • ESLG 4550 (Grammar) *
* The 4550 Agreement: Once a student has completed all 4 of the advanced Level 5 classes with a grade of "B" or higher, the student has completed the program and may waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement associated with admission to Texas State University. 

For more information about TSIE classes, please go here.