The Language Centre


This course is for both:

  • Advanced level students who wish to study one or two undergraduate courses (3 or 6 credit hours per term), depending on their level of English proficiency

  • Students who have a conditional admission to Saint Mary's University

Course Objectives

This course helps advanced level students prepare for university by combining English studies with study in one or two content areas. Students in the University Bridging Program study 15 hours per week of English for Academic Purposes. In addition, they take one or two undergraduate courses (3 or 6 credit hours per term), in subjects chosen in consultation with Saint Mary's Office of Admissions and New Students.

To enter the University Bridging Program (UBP), students must submit a completed application form and deposit for the Fall, Winter, or Spring semester of the Intensive English Program.

Information and application forms for undergraduate programs can be obtained by contacting the Enrolment Services Office:

Phone:902-420-5415

Email: admission.status@smu.ca

Web: http://www.smu.ca/future-students/

If students have one of the following minimum official language proficiency scores, they may take one undergraduate course (3 credit hours per term) during the UBP:

  • 61 on the TOEFL iBT (With no individual skill below 15)

  • 40 on the CAEL (With no individual band below 40)

  • 5.5 on the IELTS (With no individual band below 5.0)

  • Or, by taking the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) with TLC and achieving an overall 61 (please inquire for more information)

If students have one of the following minimum official language proficiency scores, they may take two undergraduate courses (6 credit hours per term) during the UBP:

  • 72 on the TOEFL iBT (With no individual skill below 18)

  • 50 on the CAEL (With no individual band below 40)

  • 6.0 on the IELTS (With no individual band below 5.5)

  • Or, by taking the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) with TLC and achieving an overall 71 (please inquire for more information)

Special Features

  • Upon successful completion of UBP, TLC students will now receive up to 6 transfer credit hours towards a Saint Mary’s University degree.

  • Fall, Winter and Spring programs offered in 16 week sessions

  • An intensive English program of 15 hours per week

  • Academic and cultural orientation

  • Small classes: average class size 15-16, maximum 18

  • Full university facilities including libraries, health clinic and computer laboratories

  • Access to Saint Mary's world class recreational facilities including fitness centre, health club, courts, etc.

  • Full-time International Student Advisor and Department of Student Services

Successful completion of the UBP program satisifies the language requirements for full undergraduate admission to the University.

Important: The cost for the University Bridging Program is for the English program only. It does not include tuition for the undergraduate course, International Student Differential Fee, Health Insurance, Student Union fees or any fees associated with undergraduate study. These are paid on registration for the undergraduate course. Contact us for more details.