English Language and Culture Bridge

The English Language and Culture Bridge (ELCB) is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for a productive academic career at Seattle University.

Program Mission

The primary goal of the program is to provide students who are admitted to Seattle University with a background in American academic culture and 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.

Important Note: Credits for ELCB courses are not applicable toward graduation requirements. However, ELCB courses count toward the full-time load for international students and grades are shown on students’ transcripts.

Admission Requirements

The ELCB Program is open to all Seattle University students who are non-native speakers of English and wish to improve their academic English language skills. Students whose English proficiency is:

  • between 68 and 91 points on iBT TOEFL or equivalent score on other accepted tests are required to attend the ELCB Program.
  • 92 points or above on iBT TOEFL or equivalent score on other accepted tests are not required to go through ELCB Program but are welcome to take ELCB courses if they so desire.

For more information about Proof of English Proficiency Requirement, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions page https://www.seattleu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply/international/englishproficiency/

Important Note: The ELCB Program is only available to students already accepted into Seattle University. The English Language and Culture Bridge is not an intensive English program.

The Placement Essay Test

All non-native speakers of English who have been admitted to Seattle University with an ELCB requirement take the mandatory Placement Essay Test 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 ELCB Program. Students whose writing skills require additional improvement need to take courses in the English Language and Culture Bridge. Students whose writing abilities are deemed sufficient for success in their academic studies do not need to enroll in the program.

The Program Schedule

The program is offered during the fall, winter, and spring quarters.