English as Second Language (ESL)

Our ESL Transition Program offers exceptional academic support to prospective students for whom language barriers may pose a challenge.

Bryant offers an intensive one-semester ESL Transition Program for incoming students whose TOEFL scores fall below the minimum requirement of 80. Formal admission to Bryant for these students is conditioned on the satisfactory completion of the ESL Transition Program.

ESL Transition Program Requirements

Students who enroll in the ESL Transition Program must enroll in the following courses in their first semester:

  • ESL 100 - English as a Second Language (6 credits)
  • AAD 111 - Principles of Applied Academic Discourse (3 credits)
  • First-Year Gateway courses
  • MATH 105 (or equivalent based on placement) - Math Reasoning I (3 credits)

In addition to meeting all course expectations, ESL Transition Program students are required to participate in structured learning assistance sessions to augment success in the proscribed curriculum.

Structured learning assistance sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Weekly meeting with the Academic Services Coordinator for International Students and English Language Learners
  • Bi-weekly meeting with Academic Advisor in Undergraduate Advising
  • Weekly Writing Center appointment for AAD 111
  • Weekly usage of Math Lab for math course
  • Other individualized sessions as assigned by the Program Coordinator

Upon acceptance to the ESL Transition Program, students are encouraged to attend the one-week 4Mile Program and the First-Year Bryant Experience weekend event, both of which take place in the week before classes start. Please note that the ESL Transition Program is offered only in the fall semester.

Terms and Conditions

Bryant University provides a personal approach to education within a challenging curriculum. After reviewing a student's application, the admissions committee may determine that the student's offer of admission is contingent upon the successful completion of our advanced ESL Transition Program. This program allows the student to gain confidence in his or her English reading, writing, and speaking skills. Once these English skills are strengthened, the student will be considered a full-time Bryant University student for the spring semester.

  • Students will take 6 ESL credits and 7 academic credits during their first semester at Bryant and they must maintain a “B” or better in all subjects.
  • If students do not successfully complete this first semester with a B or better, the probationary period could be extended or the student could be required to withdraw completely.
  • Housing will be provided on Bryant’s campus and students are required to live on campus the first semester. It is recommended international students live on campus for all of their time at Bryant.
  • Students will have an academic advisor who will work with them to make sure they are meeting course requirements.
  • Class attendance is required for successful completion of the program as it impacts overall course assessment.

Additional Academic Support

The Academic Service Coordinator for International Students and English Language Learners is available to assist students in:

  • Adjusting to academic life at Bryant and in the United States
  • Taking advantage of  ACE and Writing Center services
  • Navigating the variety of support services available to international students on campus
  • Developing study skills for college success
  • Improving written and oral language skills
  • Setting goals for academic improvement
  • Communicating with professors and clarifying expectations and assignments

International students and English language learners who seek to improve their English writing skills can also make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with our ESL Writing Specialist who helps students with:

  • Generating ideas for essays and written assignments
  • Organizing a paper
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Sharpening their English communication skills overall

Reading for Writing is designed to aid international students in:

  • Learning reading strategies
  • Improving their reading skills in order to prepare them for writing papers that are directly connected to reading assignments
  • Understanding assigned readings
  • Analyzing the content of assigned texts
  • Pulling together ideas from multiple sources when writing essays and term papers

Questions? Please contact

John Eriksen
Associate Director International Admission
jeriksen@bryant.edu 
+1 (401) 232-6107



Bryant University’s TOEFL code is 3095.