Bridging English

Learn English for university

Study English language with a course at UQ's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE)

Bridging English (BE) is ICTE’s most popular English language pathway, with five entry points for admission into UQ programs.  

What you will learn:

  • develop your proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • extend your range and use of academic vocabulary
  • apply a range of skills needed to understand complex reading and listening texts
  • speak clearly and confidently in a range of contexts
  • express ideas in writing using appropriate features of academic writing
  • learn to appropriately use key grammatical structures in writing and speaking.

Entry to a UQ program

If you meet the academic requirements for entry to a UQ program but need to meet the English language entry requirements, you can apply for a UQ package offer. The UQ package offer includes:
• an English course to get you to the level you need for entry to your UQ program, and
• a conditional place in your preferred UQ program.

To receive a UQ package offer, you must provide evidence of your current English language ability (IELTS or other recognised test) with your UQ application. If you do not have an IELTS score or equivalent for your UQ program, or the overall IELTS score you achieved is below 5.0, join our General English classes. When you successfully complete GE level 4, you can transfer to English for Academic Purposes or take a recognised proficiency test (e.g. IELTS) to enter BE.

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Course modules

Listening and Speaking
• Gain a deeper understanding of vocabulary and grammar in use
• Learn key skills for identifying information when listening to academic texts
• Participate in speaking tasks to apply new language in context
• Complete online workbook tasks, activities, and review tests
Reading and Writing
​• Read academic texts to identify key ideas
​• Develop your use of grammar and vocabulary for reading and writing
​• Learn to write more clearly and accurately
​• Get feedback on your writing skills from your teacher
​• Gain critical thinking skills

Your study options

Advantage (recommended)

Choose BE Advantage to complete your assessment five to six weeks before the start of the UQ semester. If you do not pass the end of program assessment the first time, you can complete the four-week BE Extension to improve your language skills and then repeat the BE assessment.

The benefits of choosing BE Advantage include:

  • you have time to take a break from study, prepare and get organised for your UQ program
  • undertake the BE Extension course if you do not succeed at BE assessment the first time

Standard

The BE Standard will finish immediately before the start of the UQ semester. The Bridging English Extension are not available with this option as there is no interval before the UQ semester. It is recommended that you only choose if you are unable to do BE Advantage.

The BE Standard finishes immediately before the start of the UQ semester. If you do not achieve your required English level to enter your degree, you will need to defer the start of your degree until the following semester.

How you will be assessed

Assessment tasks are taken at the end of the course to evaluate your skills.  Formal tests on speaking, writing, reading and listening are held at the end of every 5-week session. Read more about assessment and certification.

Upon successful completion, you will gain direct entry into your UQ program. Learn more

Entry requirements

You need to meet the academic requirements for entry to the UQ program and be within the specified range of English language proficiency for that program. Minimum entry is IELTS 5.0 or recognised equivalent for most programs, with some programs requiring a higher level.

Click here to see entry requirements

Bring your own device

For face-to-face classes you must bring a laptop or tablet PC to study effectively in BE. Students are required to complete online tasks as part of their program. Some or all assessment will be conducted online. Read the required laptop specifications.

For online classes, you must have your own computer and internet access. Assessment will be conducted online.

Learn more about Bridging English

ICTE student, Himanshu from India, tells us about his experience in the Bridging English program.

ICTE student, Ivy from China, tells us about her experience in the Bridging English program.

 

Bridging English

Length: 10, 15, 20, 25 to 30 weeks

Dates: Classes start every 5 weeks. Check for course start dates

Fees: Tuition fees will vary depending on course duration. Learn more

Entry criteria: Minimum entry is IELTS 5.0 (or recognised equivalent) for most UQ programs, with some UQ programs requiring a higher level. Check full entry requirements

Hours per week: 20 hours in class, and 8-10 hours of online study out of class

How to apply

Visit Applying for Undergraduate Study for more information about package offers for undergraduate study.

Visit Applying for Postgraduate Study to learn more about package offers from UQ for postgraduate study. 

All applications for BE are accepted through the UQ International admissions process. If you would like help with your application, please contact UQ International or a UQ representative in your country.

 

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Related courses

If you are seeking entry to a university, take an Academic IELTS test with us

If you are seeking entry to a specific program at UQ, you can apply for a package offer.

If you go on to a degree program at UQ, you can attend free English for Academic Communication courses to support your studies.

 

How to apply

Visit Applying for Undergraduate Study for more information about package offers for undergraduate study.

Visit Applying for Postgraduate Study to learn more about package offers from UQ for postgraduate study. 

All applications for BE are accepted through the UQ International admissions process. If you would like help with your application, please contact UQ International or a UQ representative in your country.

 

Questions

You may also find answers to your questions in our information for new and current students.

Enquiries can be emailed to admissions@icte.uq.edu.au.

Contact us with any questions or concerns - we're here to help.