Bridge Program

Students who are enrolled in the Bridge Program will improve their academic English skills, particularly
focusing on reading, writing, revision, citing sources, vocabulary, and grammar. Students will also
increase their cultural awareness of U.S. academic expectations, increase their knowledge of UM-Flint
resources, and engage in the university community.

Bridge Program courses (3 credits each):

  • LIN 101: Academic Skills for Non-Native English Writers
  • LIN 102: Advanced Academic Skills for Non-Native English Writers

Supplemental course (variable credits; 1-3 credits):

  • ENG 110: College Writing Workshop II

Placement Exam

All undergraduate students need to be placed into the writing program, which usually happens by taking a placement exam. International students take the International Writing Placement Exam (IWPX), which is taken online through Blackboard. This exam determines whether international students should begin in the Bridge or First Year Writing Program.

The exam consists of reading a short article and writing an essay on the same topic. The exam takes 2 hours and can only be taken once. Placement results into the Bridge or First Year Writing Program will be available approximately 2 weeks after submission.

International undergraduate students do NOT need to take the IWPX if:

  • The student has transfer credit for ENG 112

  • The student has SAT Writing score of 29+, SAT Total score of 1110+, or ACT Composite score of 22 or higher

Those who place into ENG 111 will also need to take the Reading Placement Exam, which is available online through Blackboard. This exam determines whether ENG 100 is required before ENG 112.

Students

Approximately half of UM-Flint’s international undergraduate students take courses in the Bridge Program. These students benefit from additional support in academic English and U.S. academic culture. Some MA students might also enroll in these classes, if their program recommends it and the IWPX shows that they would benefit from additional support in academic English.