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.

  • Winter 2019: Monday, January 7 – Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Spring 2019: Monday, May 6 – Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Fall 2019: Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, November 29, 2019

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 wises 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 $400 deposit)$2215
Credit Course Fee$880
Recreation Fee$60
Medical Insurance~$207
Student Service Fee$50
Campus Renewal Fee$100
Student Union Fees$33
TOTAL (excluding textbooks)$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.

As of fall semester 2018, 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 2018

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.

Language for Academic Success is a course where students will practice advanced grammatical forms and vocabulary by reading a variety of academic texts and by presenting the research they are conducting for their Research and Writing course.

Paraphrasing & Summarizing is a course that teaches students the importance of reformulating source texts into their own words. Strategies for paraphrasing and summarizing will be explored, and the dire consequences related to plagiarising in a university setting will be discussed.

Public Speaking Skills & Discussion is a course that focuses on specific problems students may have with their public speaking skills. Students will receive personalized feedback to become more fluent, articulate, and effective speakers, while at the same time becoming more comfortable and confident when speaking in a group setting.

Research & Writing is a course that is aimed at teaching students the foundations of doing research. Students will learn about the research tools available at the library, and how to use these tools to properly reference materials in their own work. Students will also analyze academic texts and produce an effective research paper.

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).


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