The English Language and Culture Bridge (ELCB) is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for a productive academic career at Seattle University.
The primary goal of the program is to provide admitted Seattle University students with the background in the American academic culture and with the language skills essential for success in their studies. The courses offered in the program are highly advanced, with a specific focus on university-level reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
A minimum score of 68 on the TOEFL iBT, 520 on the Paper TOEFL, or 6.0 on the IELTS * is required to apply for undergraduate admission to Seattle University, and ELCB is available only to students admitted to the university.
Please contact the Admission Office for specific admission requirements.
The English Language and Culture Bridge is not an intensive English program.
* Applicants may also submit scores from either the Michigan test (MELAB) or Pearson test to satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Please contact the Admission Office for the required score and specific admission requirements.
A score between 68/520 and 92/580 (inclusive) on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent test is required for Undergraduate Admission. Graduate Students must achieve a score of 86/567 or higher.
Students are supported by the English Language and Culture Bridge when their writing skills as demonstrated on the Placement Essay Test, combined with their TOEFL scores at admission, indicate that their academic success at Seattle University requires it.
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The Placement Essay Test
All non-native speakers of English who have been admitted to Seattle University are required to take the Placement Essay Test upon their arrival at Seattle University. This test is given on the first day of ELCB writing classes. The purpose of the Placement Essay Test is to allow students an opportunity to demonstrate the quality of their writing that is based on such considerations as language fluency, rhetorical development, logical organization, and sentence structure.
Placement Essay Tests are evaluated by the university faculty and the staff of the English Language and Culture Bridge. Students whose writing skills require additional improvement need to take courses in the English Language and Culture Bridge. If students' writing in English appears to be in need of substantial work, they may be required to enroll in Academic Reading and Writing (ELCB 087) and the ELCB section of Basic Writing (English 101). Moderate writing skills, as determined by the essay evaluators, require students to take the Basic Writing course (English 101 ELCB section). On the other hand, students whose writing abilities are deemed sufficient for success in their academic studies do not need to enroll in the program. Students whose TOEFL scores are 92/580 or higher are not expected to take the Placement Essay Test or enroll in the English Language and Culture Bridge. However, they have the option of taking classes in the program if they choose to.
The Program Schedule
The program is offered during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Courses for undergraduate students are not offered in the summer, and classes for graduate students are taught when there is sufficient need.
In the English Language and Culture Bridge, a student's work is evaluated with the goal of preparing non-native speakers for a success in their studies at Seattle University. Successful completion of English 101 allows undergraduate students to earn five elective credits toward their graduation. Credits for all other ELCB courses are not applicable toward graduation requirements. However, ELCB courses and their grades are shown on students' transcripts.