Intensive Bridge Program

Information about the Intensive English Bridge Program

The Intensive Bridge Program (IBP) is a non-credit program for students who have been provisionally accepted into a degree program at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Students in the program will learn about and practice a variety of academic skills that will help them with the transition to student life at an English-medium university in Canada. Descriptions of the courses in the program can be found at the bottom of the page.

  • Fall 2017: Wednesday, September 5 – Monday, December 4, 2017
  • Winter 2018: Monday, January 8 – Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Spring 2018: Monday, May 7 – Friday, August 3, 2018

Additional information about the program can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Admission Requirements

1. be provisionally accepted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at Memorial University
2. have an advanced level of English
3. achieved one of the following test scores
    • CAEL: Overall Band 50 with a 50 in Writing
    • Paper-based TOEFL: Score of 550
    • Computer-based TOEFL: Score of 200
    • iBT TOEFL: Score of 75 with a writing score of no less than 20
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no sub-score less than 5.5 and a writing score of at least 5.5
4. be 18 years of age or older by the program starting date unless a guardian is living nearby
5. arrange for a Canadian student visa or study permit (if intending to study more than six months)

To apply for provisional acceptance to Memorial University undergraduate or graduate programs please visit Our goal in the Bridge Program is to help students prepare to be successful undergraduate or graduate students at Memorial University. Being admitted to the Bridge Program does not automatically grant admittance to other programs at the university.


How to Apply: Choose One

Option 1

First, complete the Intensive English Program Application web form online and click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

Second, send an e-mail to and attach official documentation of your test scores (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc.). 

Option 2Print out the Intensive English Program Application (PDF), complete it, attach official documentation of your test scores (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc.), and send it by regular mail to English as a Second Language Programs, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada, A1C 5S7. 
Option 3Print out the Intensive English Program Application (PDF), complete it, and fax the application and official documentation of your test scores (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc.) to (709) 864-8282.

Program Fees

International Student Program Fee$2215
Credit Course or Technical Writing Course Fee$880
Recreation Fee$60
Medical Insurance~$207
Student Service Fee$50
Campus Renewal Fee$100
Student Union Fees (if taking credit course)$33
TOTAL$3512-$3545 CAD

A $400 deposit on tuition must be received four weeks before the semester starts. Program fees are subject to change without notice. There is an application fee of $150 for all applicants to Memorial University of Newfoundland's English as a Second Language programs.


Fees may change without notice. A student who withdraws during the first two weeks of the program will receive a 75% refund of tuition. No other refunds can be made after that time.



Student residence: There are several options for housing while in St. John's. Not all are available every semester. For more information on accommodation options, visit the main page for MUN's student residences.

Off-Campus Housing:If you are considering living off-campus, MUN also has an Off-Campus Housing Office to assist you.

Homestay: Homestay may be available during some parts of the year. Please email for more information.



IBP Courses - Fall 2017

Academic Culture & Advising is a course that provides students with the opportunity to practice partaking in peer study groups and section discussions on the work they have been assigned in their other Bridge courses. Students will also learn about academic integrity, the culture of the Canadian classroom and the etiquette involved in communicating with professors and other students. Guest speakers associated with the university will be making presentations about academic life throughout the semester.

Critical Analysis is a course that is aimed at teaching students about how to read critically. Students will analyze the meaning of the text beyond what is actually written and assess its reliability, bias, and other less explicit textual features. Factors that prevent a student from being able to analyze a piece of writing effectively and objectively will also be discussed. Students will take part in regular discussions on what they have read throughout the semester.

University Lecture & Notetaking is a course that uses authentic university lectures to expose students to the type of oral comprehension required at a university level. Students will engage in a variety of lecture-related activities that will help them improve their ability to take notes and discuss lecture content.

Reading & Critical Response is a course in which students select journal articles and give presentations about their content. This is done for single articles, but it also involves synthesizing information from several articles and giving a more comprehensive presentation by the end of the term.

Technical Writing is a course that is aimed at teaching students the foundations for writing academic or professional papers. Students will learn about the formal style required in such writing. Selected aspects of academic papers will be taught, and certain elements will be produced by the students at the end of the semester. Sample components that may be covered include abstracts, executive summaries, and literature reviews. A student cannot do both Introduction to Linguistics and Technical Writing in a single semester.

1100/2100 Introduction to Linguistics is a general introduction to linguistic concepts which are important for understanding the nature of language and its function for communication. Topics include: languages as structured systems; the systematicity of language change; the classification of languages into families and their geographical distribution; language, the brain, and language disorders; the acquisition of language; and human vs animal communication (Taken from University Calendar). A student cannot do both Introduction to Linguistics and Technical Writing in a single semester.


English as a Second Language

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552