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English Language Bridge (ELB)

For undergraduate students improving their English

The English Language Bridge (ELB) Program is a one-year program offered to full-time freshmen who speak a first language other than English and meet other qualifying conditions. The ELB Program consists of specialized academic advising and a succession of credit-bearing courses designed to improve academic English skills, completed along with several requisite courses standard for a first-year Saint Mary’s student.

The ELB Program offers an opportunity for both domestic and international students to focus on the development of academic proficiency in the areas of English reading, writing, vocabulary, and conversation at a level necessary for success in a college setting. The ELB Program prepares minority-language students to use the English language at a level that will enhance success in all aspects of college life.

To be eligible for this program, international students must possess a minimum TOEFL score of 495/170/59. Students with an IELTS score of 5.5 are also eligible for this program.


Saint Mary's University will award International Student Cultural Diversity Scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $14,000 per year to qualified and accepted new ELB students.

For more information, please visit the International Scholarships page.


Admission Information


Apply online - You will initially be asked for your first name, last name, and your email address. Once you submit that information you will be emailed a link to the application site where you can set your password and complete your application. Please use the email where you wish to receive communication from Saint Mary's during your application process.

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