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

Last update: November 2017

The Undergraduate Bridge Program is designed for non-native English speakers who need to further develop their academic English skills. Applicants to the program receive conditional admittance to TUJ's Undergraduate Program. Students participating in the Bridge Program can also earn up to five credits towards their undergraduate degree. Additionally, students can apply for a student visa through TUJ.

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 Bridge level lasts one semester. A student's level is determined by a combination of their TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores, and a placement test taken upon enrollment. Note that depending on the placement test result, students may start from a different level regardless of their TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score. Applicants cannot choose their level in the Bridge Program. Visa-sponsored Bridge students are expected to complete the Bridge Program within one year.

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):

 
  • University Seminar I (1 credit)
  • Introduction to General Education Courses
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Academic Skills 1-A (Fluency: Discussion)
  • Academic Skills 1-B (Accuracy: Grammar)
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To complete Bridge 1 and proceed to higher levels, students must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Receive a minimum grade of C- in the Undergraduate University Seminar course
  2. Receive a minimum grade of C- in all academic skills courses
  3. Receive a grade of PASS for the writing portfolio required to be submitted at the end of semester

Notes:

  • If students fail to receive a grade of C- or above in the Undergraduate University Seminar course, fail to receive a grade of C- in the academic skills courses, or fail to receive PASS in the writing portfolio, they must repeat all courses of Bridge 1 in the next semester.
  • Depending on the evaluation result of the writing portfolio, students may be recommended to skip Bridge 2 and enroll in 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):

  • University Seminar II (1 credit)
  • Principles of General Education Courses
  • Principles of Academic Writing
  • Academic Skills 2-A (Fluency: Discussion)
  • Academic Skills 2-B (Accuracy: Grammar)

To complete Bridge 2 and proceed to Bridge 3, students must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Receive a minimum grade of C- in the Undergraduate University Seminar course
  2. Receive a minimum grade of C- in all academic skills courses
  3. Receive a grade of PASS for the writing portfolio required to be submitted at the end of semester

Note: If students fail to receive a grade of C- or above in the Undergraduate University Seminar course, fail to receive a grade of C- in the academic skills courses, or fail to receive PASS in the writing portfolio, they must repeat all courses of Bridge 2 in the next semester.

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):

  • General Education course (3 credits)
  • General Education Strategies
  • Foundations of Academic Writing
  • Academic Writing Strategies
  • Bridge Tutorial

To complete Bridge 3 and enter the Undergraduate Program, students must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Receive a minimum grade of C- in the Undergraduate GenEd course
  2. Receive a minimum grade of C- in the Undergraduate GenEd Strategies course
  3. Receive a minimum grade of C- in the Academic Writing and Academic Writing Strategies courses
  4. Receive a grade of PASS in the Tutorial course
  5. Pay the matriculation fee after completing the Bridge Program

Note: If students fail to receive a grade of C- or above in the Undergraduate GenEd course, fail to receive a grade of C- in the Academic Writing and Academic Writing Strategies courses, or fail to receive PASS for the Tutorial course and the writing portfolio, they must repeat all courses of Bridge 3 in the next semester.

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)

Bridge 1 Tuition

Course Credits Hrs / Week Tuition
General Education 1 1 ¥65,050
Academic skills courses I - 19 ¥458,500
Total 20 ¥523,550

Bridge 2 Tuition

Course Credits Hrs / Week Tuition
General Education 1 1 ¥65,050
Academic skills courses II - 19 ¥458,500
Total 20 ¥523,550

Bridge 3 Tuition

Course Credits Hrs / Week Tuition
General Education 3 3 ¥195,150
Academic skills courses III - 13 ¥370,200
Total 16 ¥565,350

After successfully completing the Bridge Program, students must pay ¥205,700 to matriculate into the Undergraduate Program at TUJ.

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.