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Bridge Program: Courses and Resources: Home

This Libguide includes the online resources used in the Bridge program courses. The resources are organized by course and project.
The Saint Leo University Bridge Program is an academic program designed to provide qualified students with the opportunity to adjust smoothly to the US academic environment. The Program serves the needs and the interests of international students who meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements for University admission.

 

Bridge at Saint Leo University: Program Mission

Following the core values and the mission of Saint Leo University, the Bridge Program at Saint Leo strives to support international students by providing them with high-quality English for academic purposes instruction. The main goal of the program is to maximize students’ opportunities for academic success through assuring their balanced language development, personal and academic growth, and smooth transition and adaptation to their new academic culture. An integral part of the University community, the Bridge Program fosters the spirit of collaboration, respect, responsible stewardship, intercultural understanding, and academic integrity.

Program Curriculum

Regular Track
Semester 1 (15 credit hours)
ENG 114 – Composition and Grammar for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG 115 – College Reading I (3 credits)
ENG 120 – Listening, Lecture Note-Taking, and Speaking (3 credits)
SLU 105 – Introduction to American Culture and University Life (3 credits)
SLU 110 – Academic Learning Laboratory I (2 credits)
SLU 101 – Introduction to University Experience (1 credit)
Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
ENG 118 – Composition for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG117 – College Reading II (3 credits)
SLU 112 – Academic Learning Laboratory II (2 credits)
SLU 200 – Learning Lab (1 credit)
*Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)
*Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)

Fast Track (15 credit hours)
ENG 118 – Composition for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG117 – College Reading II (3 credits)
SLU 112 – Academic Learning Laboratory II (2 credits)
SLU 105 – Introduction to American Culture and University Life (3 credits)
SLU 101 – Introduction to University Experience (1 credit) *Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)

Course Sequence

Following the core values and the mission of Saint Leo University, the Bridge Program at Saint Leo strives to support international students by providing them with high-quality English for academic purposes instruction. The main goal of the program is to maximize students’ opportunities for academic success through assuring their balanced language development, personal and academic growth, and smooth transition and adaptation to their new academic culture. An integral part of the University community, the Bridge Program fosters the spirit of collaboration, respect, responsible stewardship, intercultural understanding, and academic integrity.

Our Students

Bridge Program Director

Bridge Program Faculty

Nataliya Glover

Ms. Nataliya  Glover

Marcela van Oplphen

Dr. Marcela van Olphen

Our Students About the Program

The Bridge Program helped me to prepare for the coming semesters. I learned how to manage my time. And organization. Also, I got enough information about academic integrity.

Yousef Almuzani, first semester Bridge Student

Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Spring 2013

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The memories that have been made during my time in Saint Leo University will always be in my memory. I can’t wait for the day that I get to tell people back home about my wonderful experiences.

Abdulrahman Alnasarallah, first semester Bridge Student

Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Spring 2013

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One of the benefits of the Bridge Program is creating a portfolio. The portfolio helped me organize all my work so that I can present it to my professors. The Bridge Program has different strategies to help international students develop their skills in English, as well as adjusting to college life in the United States.

Abdulrahman Bin Jurayyad, second semester Bridge Student

Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Spring 2013

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Bridge Program is not an easy program because it requires a lot of homework, presentations, essays and exams. As a result, it requires a lot of work for the students that’s why some students did not like the program… On the other hand most of them realized how useful this program is in the end of the semester…

Khalid Khalawi, first semester Bridge Student

Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Spring 2013

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I am grateful to be at Saint Leo University and am thankful to the professors who have taught me many valuable lessons.

Bandar Alazmel, second semester Bridge Student, Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Spring 2013

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I would like to say that Bridge Program is perfect solution for students, who just came to US. I am absolutely satisfied that I took these classes and now I feel that I am ready to higher level education. I am thankful to the University for the opportunity  to prepare for my future studies.
 

Bair Bardyshev, first semester Bridge Student

Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Fall 2012

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Even though I am really happy to be on vacation, I have enjoyed so much this semester. It was a really nice freshman semester, and I have had amazing professors that gave me confidence for the next semesters.

Abdulrahman Alajmi, first semester Bridge Student

Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Fall 2012

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My personal opinion about this semester is that it was really good, too many new things for me but nice things. The manners in classes and the way to learn are different but better. I appreciated every class and every professor because they really care about our education…

Jose Leonardo Velazquez, first semester Bridge Student

Bridge Portfolio Reflective Essay, Fall 2012

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Saint Leo University was different. Saint Leo wasn’t what I expected. It’s so hard to explain until you’ve actually experienced it. Every day I spent at Saint Leo during my first semester opened me up to whole new perspectives. It was such a big jump from the comfort zone that I had in high school. There were many moments when I didn’t understand what I was doing in such a foreign land, at Saint Leo University; you suddenly get so much freedom.

I personally never had this much freedom. With Saint Leo Bridge program I had access to all the resources I’ve always wanted, expert professors, a gigantic library, people from all over the world, incubators, laboratories, restaurants, everything. I suddenly had so many choices to make. And this is when I realized that Saint Leo Bridge program the best program I ever took in my life.

Five year ago, I made the decision to say yes to apply to Saint Leo Bridge program and that decision is what has led me here today. But honestly, I’m just glad to be back home, knowing that home will always be the place where it all started, and that University is just another part of this journey.

Ahmad Shami, Class of 2016 – shared in 2018