Arts and Communication

ESL Bridge Program

The Florida Institute of Technology ESL Bridge Program is designed to give ESL students the English language proficiency they need to be successful in their academic programs at Florida Tech. Students admitted to the ESL Bridge Program take 12 credit hours of English language training in their first term and 9 credit hours of English language training in their second term. Students also take 3-6 credits of academic work per term. All academic credits apply to degree programs.

All training takes place on the Melbourne Campus with in-person traditional classroom instruction.

Qualifications for ESL Bridge Program

  • Admission to a Florida Tech undergraduate or graduate academic degree program.
  • Submission of an acceptable test score for ESL Bridge placement, iBT or IELTS preferred.

Duration of ESL Bridge Program

The ESL Bridge Program takes two semesters to complete. Students begin the program in fall or spring term and complete the program in spring or summer term.

ESL Bridge Program Plan (2 semesters, 27-33 credit hours) 

Semester 1 (15-18 credit hours)

ESL 0342 Intensive Oral Communication

ESL 0343 Intensive Listening Comprehension

ESL 0344 Intensive Reading

ESL 0345 Intensive Writing

and 3-6 credits of academic work

Semester 2 (12-15 credit hours)

ESL 0402 Advanced Oral Communication

ESL 0404 Advanced Reading

ESL 0405 Advanced Writing

and 3-6 credits of academic work

Completion of the ESL Bridge Program

The ESL Bridge Program must be complete within one year/two academic semesters of program admission. Completion requires a 3.0 GPA for ESL courses and a 2.0 GPA for academic work (undergraduate students) and a 3.0 GPA for ESL courses and a 3.0 GPA for academic work (graduate students). Upon completion of the ESL Bridge Program, students will have met Florida Tech's full English proficiency standards.