The University of Colorado Boulder offers Conditional Admission to students whose English proficiency does not meet the requirements for admission into a degree program at CU-Boulder. You will be allowed to start the degree program to which you were conditionally admitted after you have met the requirement for English proficiency.
The options below are ONLY for those who have not met these requirements. If you have not yet taken TOEFL or IELTS, you will need to do so and submit a sufficient score before you can be fully admitted. If you have taken TOEFL or IELTS and have met the English proficiency requirements but have not yet sent the results to us, please do so as soon as possible. Please refer to our English proficiency requirements page for more details.
If you have taken one of these tests and your current score does not meet the requirement, you may retake the TOEFL or IELTS in an attempt to meet the requirement. In order to finalize your admission, an English proficiency score that meets the requirement and proof of funding must be submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than two months before the start of the term to which you were admitted.
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The ESL Academic Bridge Program (EABP) is offered through CU-Boulder's International English Center. Students take course work in academic English and participate in workshops, activities and events that help them transition into the university community. Students are able to begin their degree program once they successfully complete all required levels of the EABP, which generally takes 6 months to 1 year.
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Important notes about the ESL Academic Bridge Program:
You will provide proof of funding to the International English Center for the EABP, which costs less than tuition for a degree program at CU-Boulder. Once you have successfully completed all required levels of the EABP, and provided the Office of Admissions with new proof of funding for your degree program, we will be able to finalize your admission so you can begin your degree program at CU-Boulder. This proof of funding will be based on the costs for the term in which you will begin your degree program, not for the term to which you originally applied. Tuition costs typically rise every year, so please be prepared to demonstrate an additional 3% -10% more funding than was listed on the financial statement form for the term to which you originally applied.
Academic merit-based scholarships that are awarded to you along with your admission cannot be applied to the IEC tuition fee. Any merit-based scholarships that you receive will be applied to the cost of tuition for your degree program at CU-Boulder once you begin.
There is no guarantee that you will successfully complete all required levels of the ESL Academic Bridge Program to begin your degree program. If you do not successfully complete all required levels of the program within one year, you will need to re-apply for admission to a degree program at the University of Colorado Boulder.
If you were not admitted to the college of your choice, you will begin your degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. You can change your college after completing at least one or two semesters in the College of Arts and Sciences through the Intra-University Transfer (IUT) process.