Intensive 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

**Please note: the Intensive Bridge Program will be offered remotely in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 due to COVID-19**

* The CanTEST is cancelled until further notice. The CanTEST will be offered again in the semester in which Memorial University resumes in-classroom instruction.*

Due to the nature of online courses, we will not be offering Friday and CanTEST Workshops in Spring 2020 to allow students to have more time to complete the online IEP and IBP coursework. IELTS workshops will go ahead.

These are the program dates for 2020:

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

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.

Please click the following links to access information on:

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 this page. 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.

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How to Apply

To apply for our Intensive Bridge Program, you have two options.

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 email to and attach official documentation of your test scores (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc.).
  • Third, pay the$150.00 application fee. Please submit your payment via Global Pay once you have submitted your application form.

OR Option 2

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Program Fees

Intensive Bridge Program Tuition (includes $600 deposit)$4,700.00
Other semester fees
Medical Insurance$261.58
Student Service Fee$50.00
Campus Renewal Fee$100.02
TOTAL (excluding textbooks) 
$5,111.60 CAD

Please note: These fees are subject to change.

ATTN: the Recreation Fee of $62.72 is suspended for Fall 2020.

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

Application Fees

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.

Confirmation Deposit

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 only refundable in the event of the following:

  • study permit refusal

Program Withdrawal Deadlines

  • If you withdraw less than one month before the program start date, you will receive a full reversal of fees (minus the $600 deposit).
  • If you drop within the first two weeks of the program start date, you will receive a 75% reversal of your tuition (minus the $600 deposit).
  • If you drop after the first two weeks of the program start date, you will not be eligible for a reversal of fees.

Withdrawal procedure

If you would like to withdraw from the Intensive English Program, please contact the ESL Financial Officer to request a drop form. Once you complete the form, it will need the ESL Director/Associate Director’s signature.

Please note:

All refunds are the responsibility of the Cashier's Office. The Cashier's Office will respond to your questions regarding your refund. Click here to get in contact with the Cashier's Office. If you are required to pay a deposit towards your first year of tuition for your visa application, you must include your full tuition and other mandatory fees in your estimate. Fees may change without notice.

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Student Residences: 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.

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IBP Courses - Spring 2020

Academic Culture & Advising

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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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