Chatham University

Bridge Program

The Bridge offers rigorous English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes to nonnative English speaking (NNES) students whose language scores fall short of the minimum requirements for undergraduate and graduate admission at Chatham. Students combine enrollment in EAP courses with mainstream academic coursework. Just like American students who earn credits and meet general education requirements by taking foreign language courses, NNES undergraduate students earn credits towards their degree and meet Chatham general requirements by taking EAP courses.

English Placement Test

Undergraduate students
Just like native English speaking students, who need to take placement tests in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing skills upon arrival on campus, all NNES undergraduate students are required to take a placement test in English proficiency during new student orientation. The ELP then recommends EAP courses based on the student’s placement test scores.

Graduate students
Depending on the students’ TOEFL or IELTS scores, graduate students may be required to take an English placement test upon arrival. Recommendation of what language courses the students need to take is determined by the students’ TOEFL or IELTS scores, their performance on the placement exam, and specific requirements from their graduate programs.