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. In addition to the IBP courses, students are eligible to do a credit course at the discretion of the program director. Extra fees for a credit course may apply.

Students in the IBP will receive the following:

  • 23 hours of English language intensive study
  • 15+ hours of test preparation for IELTS and CanTEST
  • Weekly guest speakers/lecturers from the university and the community
  • Friday workshops that focus on the development of practical skills
  • Accelerated level advancement for faster admission into university!
  • Cultural events and activities

These are the program dates for 2019:

  • Winter 2020: Tuesday, January 7 – Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Spring 2020: Monday, May 4 – Friday, July 31, 2020
  • Fall 2020: Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, December 4, 2020

Please see our program calendar for a list of holidays that will occur during the semester. There will be no classes on these days. These dates are subject to change.

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

Admission Requirements

1. have an advanced level of English ability 

2. achieve a satisfactory score on an internal placement test; while outside test scores are not accepted, having achieved a score equal to or higher than those listed below might indicate that a student is ready to challenge the placement test.

    • 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

    • See the note below for more information on placement testing.

3. be 18 years of age or older by the program starting date unless a guardian is living nearby
4. be provisionally accepted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at Memorial University. Note that this is only required if the student wishes to take a credit course concurrent with the IBP. Students who have not been provisionally accepted to a degree program may attend the IBP, but they will not be permitted to do a credit course.
5. arrange for a Canadian student visa or study permit (if intending to study more than six months)

NOTE: As of March 12, 2018, new students who wish to apply for the Intensive Bridge Program (IBP) will take a placement test on the first day of orientation at Memorial University. This placement test will determine the student’s eligibility for the Intensive Bridge Program. Students who do not qualify for the IBP will be placed in the appropriate Intensive English Program (IEP) level. While an IELTS, TOEFL or CAEL score does not place students in the IBP, having a score will help students assess the likelihood of them qualifying for the IBP on the placement test, but acceptance cannot be guaranteed based on an outside test score alone.

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: 

 Intensive Bridge Program Tuition (includes $600 deposit) $4700
 Recreation Fee $62.16 
 Medical Insurance $206.84
 Student Service Fee $50 
 Campus Renewal Fee $100.02
 TOTAL (excluding textbooks) $5119.02 CAD 
 TOTAL (excluding textbooks) IF PAID BEFORE DEADLINE  $4919.02 CAD 

Your acceptance letter states an early bird tuition discount of $200 if your full payment is paid by the deadline, which is one month before the first day of classes; full payment includes all fees on the chart above, not just the ESL tuition.

A confirmation deposit of $600 is required. It is to be paid a month in advance to hold your place in the program. The confirmation deposit is credited towards your program fee if you fully enrol. The confirmation deposit is only refundable in the event of a visa application refusal.

If you are required to pay a deposit towards your first year of tuition for your visa application, you must include your full program fees and other mandatory fees in your estimate.

Program fees are subject to change without notice. There is a non-refundable application fee of $150 for all applicants to Memorial University of Newfoundland's English as a Second Language Programs at the St. John's campus. The application fee can be paid through Global Pay. Instructions on how to use Global Pay will be provided after you submit your application.

IBP students will need to buy their textbooks from the bookstore. Textbooks will not be covered under the cost of tuition.


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 2019

Academic Culture & Advising is a course that provides students with the opportunity to participate in peer study groups and discussions on the work they have been assigned in their other Bridge courses. Students will also learn about 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 & Discussion aims to teach critical thinking skills – the ability to interpret, analyze and evaluate ideas and arguments. Students will practice evaluating arguments as well as presenting their own. Throughout the course students will learn to better use the skills which underlie critical thinking including, but not limited to: identifying and evaluating assumptions; clarifying and interpreting ideas; judging the credibility of claims; evaluating arguments of different kinds; analyzing, evaluating and producing explanations; and producing arguments.

Reading & Critical Response instructs students in how to read and comprehend complex academic texts and how to respond to them critically in oral and written form. The course provides practice in using reflective thinking skills and recognizing flawed reasoning when reading academic texts. The course also provides practice in clearly responding to arguments in those texts by using relevant, detailed, research-based support and doing so in an objective manner.

University Lecture & Notetaking uses authentic university lectures to prepare students for university settings. There is a focus on active learning and notetaking approaches that will enable students to write a thorough summary of a lecture on topical material. The course will also demonstrate the value of post lecture techniques.

Writing for University Courses is a course that is designed to teach students how to complete the types of assignments that they will encounter in actual university courses. Using authentic materials from real university courses, students will write essays and other writing forms similar to what students write at various levels at Memorial University.


English as a Second Language

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000