EBP is for students with TOEFL or IELTS scores that fall below our minimum requirement for undergraduate admission.

English Bridge Program

Longwood University's English Language Bridge Program (EBP) is designed to help international students make the transition to an American university.

How to Apply

  • Apply for Undergraduate Admission to Longwood
  • Submit all required documents and English test scores
  • Wait to be notified by Longwood if you have been admitted thru the Bridge program
  • Receive an I-20 for academic study and more information on your next steps

Admissions Requirements - Test Scores

Undergraduate Admissions 

The required English test scores for undergraduate admission:

  • TOEFL TOEFL 79/80 ibT; IELTS 6.5

EBP Admissions

The required English test score for the EB Program:

  • TOEFL 60-79 or IELTS 5-6.5

The Program

EBP is a full-time academic transition program for new undergraduate students. You'll receive intensive instruction with an emphasis on academic preparation for a degree. 

You'll enroll as a first-semester freshman and take a mix of courses, including academic English support. All credits count toward your degree.

You will also be mentored and coached through your first academic year to ensure your success.

What You'll Learn:

  • Presentation Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Research skills
  • Notetaking skills
  • Test-taking skills

Meet the Director

Dr. Deborah Westin
Dr. Deborah Westin

Director, English Language Bridge Program
Lankford 216
(434) 395-2887 



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Classes are 75 minutes and meet Monday - Friday. 

You'll receive six credits total for EBP courses: TESL 309 (3) and CTZN 110 "The Bridge to Longwood"

In addition, students take one course from their major and one course from the Core Curriculum.


You will pay the regular undergraduate, , fees, room and board. The EBP is part of the cost of the first semester and scholarships may be awarded to support your study if you are enrolled in this program. 

Visit Cashiering and Student Accounts to learn more. 


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  • Academic support during your first semester of study
  • No additional costs – pay the standard out-of-state tuition, fees, room and board for the semester
  • Academic English course credits count toward your degree (as electives)
  • Receive weekly coaching, mentoring and tutoring through the first year of the degree program
  • Partner with  - developing intercultural skills that will help prepare you for living, studying and working in the 21st century 


At the beginning of the semester, you will take a standardized pre-test, which includes an oral interview and written essay, to determine your strengths and needs. 

At the end of the semester, you will take a post-test to measure your progress.