Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program at the University of Cincinnati is a three-month English as a Second Language (ESL) online program for international high school students to improve their English proficiencies and earn college credit.  

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Program Description

  • 100% online 
  • 3 ESL classes   
  • 9 college credit hours
  • Program starts May 10, 2021 and ends August 9, 2021 
  • Classes taught by friendly and experienced UC professors 
  • For international students who have one more year of high school before graduating
  • Eligible for admission to UC Accelerated College English Program (ACE)

Application Information

  • No application fee
  • No school transcripts needed
  • Lower English scores accepted
  • Application deadline: May 1, 2021

You must submit 1 to be eligible for the program. 

  •  ELS Class at an ELS Center
    • Completed 107 level or higher
  •  TOEFL 
    • Writing sub-score: 14 or higher
    • Speaking sub-score: 14 or higher
  •  IELTS 
    • Writing score: 4.5 or higher 
    • Speaking score: 4.5 or higher 
  •  Duolingo English Test
    • Composite score: 70 or higher

If  scores are higher than listed scores, you may be eligible for additional course credits. 

  •  ESL 1068 
    • Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing
    • 3 credit hours
  •  ESL 1071 
    • Basic Oral Communication 
    • 3 credit hours
  •  ESL 1077 
    • Strategies for Academic Success 
    • 3 credit hours

Undergraduate Students

International high school students who have one year of school left.  

  • $5,010 for 9 credit hours
  • $6,010 for 12-18 credit hours*

*eligible for ACE admitted students only. Additional classes will be major-based. Contact program staff to learn more. 

Graduate Students

International students who have completed a college bachelor's degree. 

  • $7,390 for 10 credit hours
  • $7,384 for 12 – 18 credit hours

For payment questions, please contact program staff. 


Program Staff

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Sarah Shepherd

Accelerated College English Program Manager

WeChat @sarshep87

WhatsApp: +1 513-549-0174