BridgePathways at Philadelphia University

Intensive English Language Program

bridgeThrough a partnership with Bridge Education Group, students either directly or conditionally admitted to Jefferson (Philadelphia University+Thomas Jefferson University) have the opportunity to complete their English Language proficiency requirements at our campus-based BridgePathways center. In addition to language skills, the Academic English Program offers essential U.S. social and cultural immersion and academic readiness skills needed for a successful transition to Jefferson degree programs.

Placement in one of the six levels of the Academic English Program is determined by a placement test.  Students conditionally admitted to a bachelor’s degree program or a master’s degree program must complete a minimum of Level 5. (Please note:  English language proficiency requirements are currently under review and could be changed for students entering their degree program in fall 2018 or later.)

Each level is 8-10 weeks in duration with new classes beginning in August, October, January, March and May (see fees below).



  • 2019 Start Dates:
    May 20, 2019 -July 31, 2019
    August 19, 2019- October 16, 2019
    October 21, 2019-December 18, 2019


For more information about the Academic English program, visit

Housing Information

Workout in the fitness center, enjoy dinner with friends in the dining hall, find a quiet study space in the library…and more.  Students in the BridgePathways program have access to all of the same resources and amenities as other Jefferson students.

Housing Information

Requirements for Conditionally Admitted:  Bachelor’s Degree Students

Students enrolling in a bachelor’s degree program and whose permanent residence is more than 30 miles (48 km) away from the East Falls Campus must live on campus for two years.  This includes conditionally admitted students studying in the BridgePathways Intensive English Program.  Exceptions are made for:

  • Students from beyond 30 miles (48 km) who plan to live with family members (confirmation required)
  • Students over the age of 20 at the time of enrollment
  • Married students
  • Students with dependents

Requirements for Conditionally Admitted:  Master’s Degree Students

Students enrolling in a master’s degree program are not required to live on-campus.  Jefferson does not offer housing options exclusively for master’s degree students.  Students interested in living on-campus, including conditionally admitted students studying in the BridgePathways Intensive English Program will be placed in any available location in a residence hall, townhouse or apartment owned or leased by Jefferson.  Most rooms and other housing units are shared with other bachelor or master’s degree students, including conditionally admitted students in the BridgePathways Intensive English Program.

For information about off-campus housing options visit: 

Housing Deposits & Agreements

To reserve on-campus housing, Intensive English Language students must submit a housing deposit to the Jefferson International Admissions Office prior to their arrival on campus and complete the Housing Application and Agreement. See more information about deposit and housing costs in the chart below.

Signing the Housing Application and Agreement is like signing a lease for housing off-campus.  This means that the agreement is binding for one academic year – August until May.  For BridgePathways Intensive English Program students who enter October, January or March, the agreement is binding from the beginning of the first session until May.  With advanced permission, conditionally admitted master’s degree students enrolling in BridgePathways Intensive English Language Program may opt for short-term on-campus housing agreements:

  • For August session starts – August to December
  • For October session starts – October to December
  • For January session starts – January to May
  • For March session starts – March to May

Housing Assignments

Conditionally admitted students studying in the BridgePathways Intensive English Language Program are housed in Scholler Hall.  Scholler Hall is a traditional-style co-ed residence hall.  Two students occupy a room, with shared bathroom facilities in each wing.  There are no kitchen facilities and students are required to sign-up for the University’s 14 or 19 meals per week dining plan.  For more information about Scholler Hall, visit:


Meal Plan Information

Any student may opt to enroll in one of the University’s meal plans.  Students living on-campus in one of the traditional residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan as there are no kitchen facilities in these locations.

For information about meal plans, visit:


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and related fees for the BridgePathways Intensive English Program are paid by the student directly to Bridge Linguatec.  For more information, visit: 

The Bridge Educational Services fee is paid to Jefferson, not BridgePathways program. The Educational Services fee of $155 is charged for each session (8 or 10 weeks) upon registration with BridgePathways. This fee is used to enhance and maintain student services such as transportation, technology support, health center services, fitness center, and residence hall laundry services. All further questions can be addressed with Student Accounts at  

All Bridge Educational Services fees and room and board charges must be paid directly to Jefferson. The University bills are only available online through QuikPAY and billed according to the academic semester. Payments can be remitted online through QuikPAY.


8-week term


10-week term

Academic English Program




Registration Fee (one-time fee)

$155 $155

Express Mailing of I-20

$97 $97

Materials and Resources Fee




Health Insurance












Student Fees









Lessons per week: 27

1 lesson= 45 minutes

Hours per week: 20 hours