Intensive English Bridge Program

The mission of Indiana Tech’s Intensive English Bridge Program (IEP) is to enable non-native English speaking students to develop and synthesize the core English language proficiency skills necessary for success in Indiana Tech’s career academic programs.

The curriculum

The IEP curriculum has four levels. Level One and Level Two each include eight-week courses in the following areas:

  • Listening and speaking
  • Writing and grammar
  • Reading and vocabulary
  • College skills and special topics

In Level Three, students are enrolled in ENG 1000 Introduction to College Reading for eight weeks. In Level Four, students are enrolled in ENG 1100 Introduction to College Writing for eight weeks. During Levels Three and Four students are also enrolled in classes for their academic program.

The lead faculty member for this program is Gloria Chen.

College  credit

Students in the Intensive English Bridge Program earn 6 elective credits that can be applied to the student’s academic program at the successful completion of Level Two. Appropriate academic program courses can be taken at the same time the student is taking Level Three and Level Four Intensive English Bridge Program courses.

Learning environment and support

Students in the Intensive English Bridge Program learn in a student-centered learning community. Online computer-assisted language labs, which can be accessed anytime and anywhere, have been integrated into each level to facilitate student learning. All learning support services provided by Indiana Tech are available to students in the Intensive English Bridge Program.

Admission and placement

International students who are interested in the IEP program must demonstrate a certain level of English proficiency to be eligible to apply for admission:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (United States) (TOEFL)

Paper-based 475
Computer-based 150
Internet-based 50

International English Language Testing System (United Kingdom) (IELTS)

Band 4.5

New students who are admitted into the Intensive English Bridge Program must take a placement exam as well as provide a writing sample before being placed into Level I or Level II. Each level is 12 credits (3 credits per course) and will be taught throughout a semester (16 weeks). At the end of the semester, students will take a formal assessment (TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent) to determine whether the student will repeat the same level, advance to a higher level, or exit from the Intensive English Bridge Program program.