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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 one of the following English language proficiency scores:  a TOEFL score of 493-530 (paper based) or 58-71 (internet based), or a MELAB score of 66%-73%, or a IELTS score of 5.5, or a PTE Academic score of 45-50, or a ITEP score of 3.5-3.9, or an Old SAT score of Critical Reading + Math total of 820-890 (410-440 on the Critical Reading), or a New SAT score of Reading Test + Math Test of 46-49 (23-24 on the Reading Test).

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 (16-17 credits)

  • ELB100 Academic Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • ELB110 English Grammar for Academic Enhancement (3 credits)
  • E105 Writing Skills (3 credits)
  • FYE101 First-Year Experience (4 credits)
  • QR101 Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits) or a math course (placement based on testing) (3-4 credits)

Spring Semester Option (18 credits max)

  • ELB116 Academic Reading Strategies (3 credits)
  • E130 First-Year Writing (4 credits)
  • Up to 11 additional credits with academic 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.