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BRIDGING Guidelines

What is bridging in the ELP?

Bridging in the ELP program offers English language courses for students who want to begin undergraduate course study at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. When bridging students take ELP courses, they participate in activities that strengthen their academic English skills, university cultural understanding, academic integrity, and communication abilities in higher education. In this transitioning process, students have a learning support network to help them become a part of the university community in their chosen field of study.

When can bridging students begin undergraduate degree studies?

Students bridging in the ELP generally take 1 or 2 semesters, before enrolling full-time in undergraduate courses. At the beginning of each semester ELP students take a placement test to determine their level of English language ability. To meet the English language proficiency requirements and be allowed to bridge, students must test into Advanced I or Advanced II level with a GPA of 89% or higher for their final ELP session.

Can ELP bridging students be admitted to an undergraduate degree program by taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam?

If after taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam, students' exam scores meet the minimum requirements for undergraduate study and if the students have good academic standing in their ELP program, bridging students can begin the admissions process to an undergraduate degree program.

Bridging Application Process



  • Complete the University of Wisconsin Online Application at
  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall (September-December): June 15
      • Last day to receive all admission related documents: July 1
    • Spring (January-May): November 1
      • Last day to receive all admission related documents: December 1

​If you are currently a UW-Platteville ELP student seeking undergraduate admission to UW-Platteville, please click here for detailed instructions on how to apply for a change in degree level and be admitted as an undergraduate student.


Official Academic Records

  • Submit academic records from all secondary and higher education institutions attended.
  • Academic records must be mailed directly from the school that you attended to the UW-Platteville Office of Admission and Enrollment Services.


Evidence of English Proficiency

  • Submit evidence of English proficiency by successfully completing one of the following areas:
    • An official TOEFL (required of all international students whose native language is not English). The UW-Platteville institution code is 1917.
    • An official IETLS score (required of all international students whose native language is not English). 
Reading 13 4.5
Listening 13 4.5
Speaking 13 4.5
Writing 13 4.5

Students currently enrolled in the ELP achieving a CaMLA minimum test score of 54 must:  

  • Download and print the form above
  • Submit the completed Change of Degree Level Request Form (to request new I-20) to the ISSS office at Royce Hall 111B or email it to
    • Note: The student’s I-20 for the bridging program will not be issued until the student is admitted as a bridging student.


Financial Verification

All financial support documents must be dated within 6 months of the intended program start date.



  • Submit a copy of the applicant's passport.



  • Submit a copy of the applicant's current activities if not enrolled in a school for more than six months.

International Student Orientation

  • Save the date for International Student Orientation, which starts approximately one week before classes start each semester!
  • Click here for exact dates/times of orientation.

All new and transferring international students are required to attend.

I-20 and ViSA Information

The I-20 form (for issuance of visa) cannot be issued to you until you have been admitted to UW-Platteville. When your application is complete (meaning that you have provided all required documents as noted above), the application will be reviewed and you will be notified about your admission status.