Bridge Program for International Students
The Bridge Program at Mercer University assists international students in further developing the mathematics, communication, and written skills needed for university-level course work. Classes are offered on the Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Undergraduate students who are accepted conditionally into a Mercer program or a prospective graduate student who needs additional language instruction can take courses through the Bridge Program. Students enrolled in the program must complete all of the following requirements:
1. Assessment of mathematics proficiency is accomplished through use of an online assessment tool to determine the level of functional knowledge in algebra and pre-calculus, including analytic trigonometry. Placement into, or an exemption from taking, one or more of the following courses depends entirely on the student’s score.
- MATH120 (Basic Algebra)
- MATH130 (Topics in Pre-calculus)
- MATH150 (Analytic Trigonometry)
For additional information, please contact Dr. Andrea Winkler, Bridge Program advisor at 678-547-6042.
2. Students enrolled in the Bridge Program must also complete the following courses:
- FDLS110 Culture of the University
- FDLS130 Language and Communication
- ENGL100 English as a Second Language
- COMM 171 Introduction to Public Speaking
The Bridge Program provides quality instruction by faculty members with expertise in teaching English as a second language. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, oral presentations, writing skills, problem solving, and contextual scientific reasoning.
Additionally, students gain an appreciation for flexible and creative scheduling of courses allowing them to develop a stronger presence at Mercer University. Therefore, students will benefit from engaging native speakers of the English language in both the academic and popular cultures.
Additional requirements may apply as determined by individual colleges/schools at Mercer University.