Auburn University Launches New Global Bridge Program for International Students

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Citing growing demand from overseas, the new program merges ESL training and first semester university courses into an attractive pathway to college program.

Auburn University will offer a new path to an American education for international students through a summer program providing a full semester of academic credit along with English language courses and on-campus housing. The first classes in the Global Bridge Program will be offered in May.

“The United States is the number one destination for students wishing to complete their education abroad,” said Timothy Boosinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Auburn University is committed to providing international students not only with the full range of world-class academic opportunities for which we are already known, but with the language and other skills they need to achieve success in an American undergraduate program.”

During the Global Bridge Program, students will complete two academic courses of their choosing as well as Oral Communication, Written Communication and Reading Strategies in order to boost their English skills. Completion of the courses will earn the student 15 credit hours toward an undergraduate degree.

The Global Bridge program is ideal for students with a strong academic background but who do not have university-level IELTS or TOEFL scores. Students in the program will be offered conditional admission to Auburn based on their successful completion of the Global Bridge classes. Students who achieve A’s or B’s in the academic courses will be admitted to degree programs for fall 2012. All others will take an Institutional TOEFL and, depending on their scores, may attend Auburn, Auburn University Montgomery or Southern Union Community College. Because their Auburn credits will be transferrable, students may apply to any university in the U.S.

"Auburn University has a rich tradition of international student success in our highly ranked graduate and professional schools, and now with our new Global Bridge program, we have a competitive offering for undergraduates," Boosinger said. "We are looking to prepare students to think creatively, engage in academic discussion and become oriented to the American campus culture."

Classes for the University Bridge program begin May 17, 2012. Prospective students can call the English as a Second Language office at (334) 844-2122 or online at https://fp.auburn.edu/esl/. The Global Bridge program will also be available through selected AIRC-certified agents worldwide - http://www.airc-education.org.

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About Auburn University:
Auburn University was established in 1856, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1872, the university became the first land-grant college in the South. The service mission stemming from the land-grant designation continues to drive Auburn’s campus culture in the 21st century. Auburn’s approximately 25,000 students choose from more than 140 degree options in 12 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Auburn University is ranked among the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 50 Public Institutions and numerous programs rank at or near the top of their field.

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