Intensive Bridge Program

Program Description

The Intensive Bridge Program (IBP: Level 7) is a non-credit program for students with an advanced level of English, but who do not meet Memorial's English language proficiency requirements. Students in the program will learn about and practice a variety of academic skills that will help them transition to student life at an English-speaking-institution like Memorial. Descriptions of the courses in the program can be found at the bottom of the page. In addition to the IBP courses, students complete a Memorial University credit course (selected by the ESL Programs Management).

Please note: Students are pre-placed in the appropriate level of the ESL Pathway Programs based on their English proficiency level. To pre-place students, we use our MUN Test of English language (MUNTEL).

What is included in the IBP
  • 15 hours a week of intensive English classes
  • A Memorial University credit course
  • The online self-study courses Academic Culture & Advising
  • Socio-cultural events and activities
  • Access to our ESL Conversation Partner Program (CPP)
  • Access to Memorial University's student events, services, and resources (including Memorial's Internationalization Office, Career Development, Blundon Centre, Student Experience Office, and more!)
  • Access to our IELTS video workshops series

Program Dates (2020-2021 and 2021-2022)
  • Winter 2021: January 6 – April 2, 2021 (offered remotely)
    Deadline to apply for Winter 2021: November 2, 2020

  • Spring 2021: May 3 – July 30, 2021 (offered remotely)
    Deadline to apply for Spring 2021: March 19, 2021

  • Fall 2021: September 8 – December 3, 2021
    Deadline to apply for Fall 2021: July 9, 2021

  • Winter 2022: January 6, 2022 – April 1, 2021
    Deadline to apply for Winter 2022: October 22, 2021

  • Spring 2022: May 9, 2022 – August 5, 2022
    Deadline to apply for Spring 2022: March 17, 2022

The program runs for 13 weeks (1 week of ESL Orientation + 12 weeks of classes).
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.

Admission Requirements

  1. Have an advanced level of English (please see our Level Placement policy)

  2. Be 18 years of age or older by the program start date (unless a guardian is living nearby)

  3. Have a visitor permit (if intending to study for less than six months) OR arrange for a study permit (if intending to study for more than six months).  Attention: Because study permits cannot be obtained in Canada after arriving as a visitor, it is recommended that students obtain a study permit in case they decide to continue their studies past six months.

To apply for provisional acceptance to Memorial University undergraduate or graduate programs please visit this page. Our goal in the Intensive 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

To apply for our Intensive Bridge Program*:

  1. Complete the Intensive English Program Application web form online and click the submit button at the bottom of the page OR complete the Intensive English Program Application (PDF)  and email it to
    • Click here for instructions on how to Fill and Sign the ESL PDF Application Form.

  2. Pay the CAD $150 ESL application fee. Please submit your payment via Global Pay at the same time as you submit your application form.

  3. Pay the CAD $150 MUNTEL Registration Fee. Please submit your payment via Global Pay at the same time as you submit your application form.

Attention: You need to submit two payments (ESL application fee and MUNTEL Registration Fee) - Total: CAD $300

*If you have previously withdrawn from the ESL Programs, please complete a Readmission Form instead. To find out if you more about Withdrawals, please consult our ESL Policies.

Program Fees

Please visit this page.


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.

IBP Courses

Academic Interactions

Academic Interactions is a twelve-week Bridge course designed to improve listening and speaking communication skills for successful participation in university settings. Using authentic university lectures, students focus on active learning and notetaking approaches enabling them to work towards concrete post-lecture strategies. The course also assists students to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively through various functional levels, improving the three aspects of public speaking skills: the psychological, personal, and technical. Tasks and assessments will encourage confidence and comfort for any university environment.

Writing for University Courses

Writing for University Courses is a twelve-week Bridge course designed to prepare students for university-level research essays and other types of academic writing. Students will learn to refine organization, content, and language through different writing techniques such as summarizing, paraphrasing, synthesizing, and citing sources.

Reading & Critical Analysis

Reading & Critical Analysis is a twelve-week Bridge course that teaches students to read, comprehend, and respond to complex academic texts with a focus on critical analysis. Throughout the course students will learn to use critical thinking skills, including clarifying and interpreting ideas; judging the credibility of claims; analyzing and evaluating a variety of academic texts; and objectively responding to explanations and arguments in texts by using relevant, detailed, and research-based support. Students will also do research and evaluate articles for the research essay component in their Writing for University Courses class.

Self-Study Module: Academic Culture

Academic Culture is a twelve-week Bridge course designed to help students smoothly transition into full-time enrolment at Memorial. Significant aspects of academic culture in the context of the North American university, such as academic integrity, group work, peer evaluation, and teaching styles, will be explored, and students will be evaluated based on their knowledge and their ability in these areas. Students will also view presentations by representatives from various areas of the university to become familiar with the services available at Memorial. After completing this course students will have gained the tools to begin their university career in North America.

Please Note: This course is delivered as a self-study module that students can work through at their own pace, but must be completed in full by the last day of classes.

Memorial University Credit Course (Mandatory)

Please contact to register for the credit course.

ESL Student Handbook

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English as a Second Language

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

Tel: (709) 864-8000