About the Bridge Program (For Non-native English Speakers)

Last update: January 2019

The Bridge Program is part of TUJ’s Undergraduate Program and is built for non-native English speakers. After completing the Bridge Program, students can become fully matriculated undergraduate students of TUJ. Students can earn up to 5 credits toward their undergraduate degree while in the Bridge Program. The Bridge Program can also sponsor visas for non-Japanese students. Visa-sponsored Bridge students are expected to complete the Bridge Program within one year.

Admission Requirements

  1. Meet Undergraduate Program admission qualifications A and B
  2. TOEFL iBT scores between 53 and 78, or TOEFL PBT scores between 475 and 549, or IELTS (Academic) scores between 5.0 and 5.5, or PTE (Academic) scores between 40 and 52.
  3. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score meets the requirement, but needs support for improving academic skills before enrolling in the Undergraduate Program.

How to Apply

Application procedures are the same as the Undergraduate Program application procedures.

Bridge Program Levels

There are three Bridge Program levels. Each level takes one semester to complete. Students are placed into a level after our reviewers consider their standardized testing score (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) and their score on our own placement test. Students cannot choose their own level.

Bridge Program Placement Test

Our placement test is given three times a year on campus at TUJ. The test checks students’ reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills. The test takes approximately 120 minutes to complete. The test can only be taken one time per semester, and the placement score is valid for only one semester. No specific “test preparation” material exists for our placement test. However, students could build skills around comprehending, analyzing, and creatively and critically discussing and writing about texts as preparation for our placement test. We believe these skills are among the most important for students planning to study at an American university in English.

Bridge 1

Estimated English Level:

  • TOEFL iBT53 - less than 61, or
  • TOEFL PBT 475 - less than 500, or
  • IELTS 5.0, or
  • PTE 40 - less than 44
 

Courses (20 hours / week):

 
  • BR 0100: Academic Skills 1-A: Fluency (Discussion)
  • BR 0101: Academic Skills 1-B: Accuracy (Grammar)
  • BR 0408: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • BR 0500: Introduction to General Education Courses
  • TUJ 1001: Bridge Program I Seminar I (1 credit)

To complete Bridge 1 and proceed to higher levels, students must:

  1. Receive a minimum grade of C- in all of their courses
  2. Receive a grade of PASS for the holistic writing portfolio

Notes:

  • Students who receive any grade lower than a C- or whose portfolio receives a FAIL must repeat ALL courses of Bridge 1 in the next semester, not just the course they failed.
  • Students with outstanding grades and an outstanding portfolio may be recommended to take a “Level Advanced Test (LAT).” If a student passes this test, they would be invited to skip Bridge 2 and to enroll in Bridge 3. Students cannot skip Bridge 3.

Bridge 2

Estimated English Level:

  • TOEFL iBT61 - less than 71, or
  • TOEFL PBT 500 - less than 525, or
  • IELTS 5.5, or
  • PTE 45 - less than 49

Courses (20 hours / week):

  • BR 0200: Academic Skills 2-A: Fluency (Discussion)
  • BR 0201: Academic Skills 2-B: Accuracy (Grammar)
  • BR 0509: Principles of Academic Writing
  • BR 0700: Principles of General Education Courses
  • TUJ 1002: Bridge Program II Seminar II (1 credit)

To complete Bridge 2 and proceed to Bridge 3, students:

  1. Receive a minimum grade of C- in all of their courses
  2. Receive a grade of PASS for the holistic writing portfolio

Note: Students who receive any grade lower than a C- or whose portfolio receives a FAIL must repeat ALL courses of Bridge 2 in the next semester, not just the course they failed.

Bridge 3

Estimated English Level:

  • TOEFL iBT71 - less than 79, or
  • TOEFL PBT 525 - less than 550, or
  • IELTS 5.5, or
  • PTE 50 - less than 53

Courses (16 hours / week):

  • BR 0400: Bridge Tutorial
  • BR 0600: Academic Writing Strategies
  • BR 0610: Foundations of Academic Writing
  • BR 0800: General Education Course Strategies
  • General Education Course (3 credits)

To complete Bridge 3 and enter the Undergraduate Program, students must:

  1. Receive a minimum grade of C- or PASS in all of their courses
  2. Receive a grade of PASS in the holistic writing portfolio
  3. Pay the matriculation fee (¥205,700) after completing the Bridge Program

Note: Students who receive any grade lower than a C- or whose portfolio receives a FAIL must repeat ALL courses of Bridge 3 in the next semester, not just the course they failed.

To be a matriculated student from the Bridge Program

In order to matriculate, Bridge Program students must complete the program by passing Bridge 3. Regardless of their level, Bridge Program students cannot withdraw from the program and then reapply to TUJ by submitting a new TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score.

Tuition and Fees

Fee Amount
Bridge Program Entrance Fee ¥221,100 (for all levels)
Student Activity ¥1,550 (for all levels, per semester)
Facilities ¥27,000 (for all levels, per semester)

Credits and Tuition

level Credits Hrs / Week Tuition
Bridge 1 1 20 ¥524,200
Bridge 2 1 20 ¥524,200
Bridge 3 3 16 ¥567,300

Applicants for Fall 2019 and beyond

Notice of Fee Change: Bridge 2 will begin offering a 2-credit version of TUJ 1002 from Fall 2019. With this change, the Bridge 2 tuition fee will be increasing to ¥545,750.

level Credits Hrs / Week Tuition
Bridge 1 1 20 ¥524,200
Bridge 2 2 18 ¥545,750
Bridge 3 3 16 ¥567,300

Student Visa Application Fee

Prospective students applying for a Japanese student visa through TUJ must pay a non-refundable visa application fee of ¥20,600 upon acceptance to TUJ or as a part of the Advance Payment.

Housing

For their first semester, visa-sponsored students must stay in TUJ-designated housing. Housing waivers may be granted upon petition for students already living in Japan, married students, students intending to reside with family members, and students with other special circumstances.

Fee Amount
Housing Cost (Dorm or Homestay) ¥420,000 for fall and spring, or
¥340,000 for summer semester

Note: All tuition and fees are subject to change without written notice. Amounts do not include bank charges, for which the applicant is responsible.