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Bridge to College English Program

Bridge to College English (BCE), offered every fall semester, is a program to help non-native English speakers succeed at BJU.

When you enroll in the BCE program at BJU, you will enjoy:

  • Small English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Encouraging Christian teachers
  • Help in all areas of English (speaking, listening, reading, writing)
  • A focus on developing good study skills
  • Earning six university class credits
International student in a classroom or group of international students socializing

Minimum Entry Requirements

Learn more about TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (The International English Language Testing System), and E3PT (English3 Proficiency Test).

TOEFL iBT TOEFL Essentials IELTS English 3 (E3PT)
Undergraduate 48 (section scores of 10) 5.5 (section scores of 5) 5.5 (section scores of 5.5) 58 (section scores of 10)
Graduate 62 (section scores of 15) 7.5 (section scores of 7) 6.0 (section scores of 6.0) 62 (section scores of 13)


ESL 090: ESL English (0 credits) — The BCE program includes ESL English as a daily class. This class will help you with spoken and written English, including grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. It also includes reading and study skills as well as frequent and varied writing.

En 101: Composition and Grammar (3 credits) — This course, a part of the BJU Core, will help you develop essential communication skills and demonstrate critical thinking. In this special ESL section, you will review sentence structure and how to build paragraphs and essays, completing all the normal requirements for the course while receiving extra help with grammar and writing in English.

Uni 101: Pathways (3 credits) — You will take Pathways with other new university students. This course is a combination of a large lecture class and small group meetings. The course will introduce you to the mission and culture of BJU. The small groups include opportunities for discussion with your American classmates.

ESL 091: Conversation and Study Skills (0 credits) — The conversation part of this course will give you both instruction and practice in conversing about everyday topics. You will also learn a number of study skills, and you will have opportunities to apply them to various kinds of subject matter. At times there will be discussions to help you in the two courses you will be taking for credit, En 101 and Uni 101.

Completing BCE

Near the end of the semester your English will be evaluated with the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the E3PT. When you achieve the necessary score, you will be admitted into a degree program for the spring semester. That semester will be the first of the normal eight semesters for an undergraduate degree.

As an undergraduate degree candidate at BJU, you will have these advantages based on your having successfully completed En 101 and Uni 101:

  • You will be able to take a lighter load because of the six credits you already have.
  • You will be able to take the special section of English 102 (Composition and Rhetoric) that is open only to international students. This course, also part of the BJU Core, will further help you with written English.


As you live in the residence halls at BJU, you will be surrounded by English. Although other students from your country may live nearby, we encourage you to limit your use of your native language as much as possible. The less you speak your native language and the more you speak English, the more quickly your English skills will improve!