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For Undergraduate Students Improving their English

The English Language Bridge (ELB) Program is a one-year program for full-time freshmen at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota who speak a first language other than English and meet other qualifying conditions. 

The ELB Program offers domestic and international students the opportunity to further develop their English proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, vocabulary, and conversation to a level needed for success in a college setting.

The program consists of specialized academic advising and a succession of credit-bearing courses designed to improve academic English skills. ELB students complete these courses along with several required courses that are standard for a first-year Saint Mary’s student.

To be eligible for this program, international students must have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of between 59 and 78. Students with an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 to 6.0 are also eligible for this program.

Academic Schedule

The courses listed below show a typical schedule for ELB students in the first year. Changes will be made based on unique student abilities or needs.

Fall Semester Option (15-17 credits max)   

  • ELB100 Academic Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • ELB110 English Grammar for Academic Enhancement (3 credits)
  • E105 Writing Skills (3 credits)
  • LCT140 First-Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • Math (placement based on testing) (3 credits)
  • General Education requirement (3 credits)

Spring Semester Option (17 credits max)

  • ELB116 Critical Academic Reading Strategies (3 credits)
  • E120 English Composition (3 credits)
  • TA101 Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • Up to 8 elective credits with ELB advisor approval

Tuition and Fees

Learn more about tuition and fees for the ELB Program.


Learn more about scholarships for the ELB Program.


Apply now using either our application for U.S. students or for international students, whichever fits your situation.