In U-Bridge, you can take university classes and earn credit toward your degree while you improve your English language proficiency.

When you apply you will also choose a college to start your university degree:

U-Bridge has two levels (U-Bridge Level 1 and U-Bridge Level 2), which each include:

An ESL class to help you with:

  • lecture note-taking
  • giving presentations
  • writing essays
  • reading academic articles
  • working in groups

A university class for credit:

  • Your U-Bridge instructors attend your classes with you.
  • The textbook, lectures, and assignments from the academic class become the materials for language instruction.

Start your USask degree

Earn credit for your ESL and university classes offered through U-Bridge:

Arts and Science or Agriculture and Bioresources

Up to 9 credit units toward your degree
  • U-Bridge Level 1: Anthropology 111.3 (3 credit units)
  • U-Bridge Level 2: Sociology 112.3 (3 credit units) + ESL class (3 credit units)

Edwards School of Business

Up to 9 credit units toward your degree

  • U-Bridge Level 1: Commerce 101.3 (3 credit units)
  • U-Bridge Level 2: Sociology 112.3 + ESL class (3 credit units)

Engineering

3 credit units toward your degree*

  • U-Bridge Level 1: Anthropology 111.3 (3 credit units)
  • U-Bridge Level 2: Sociology 112.3 (3 credit units)

* While you could earn credit for both classes, only one can be used toward your first-year junior humanities or social science elective requirement for an engineering degree.

Admission requirements

You can start in U-Bridge 2 if your English is strong enough.

U-Bridge 1 U-Bridge 2
IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all areas) 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all areas)
TOEFL iBT 70 (minimum 15 in all areas) 75 (minimum 17 in all areas)
USask ESL program Level 40 U-Prep 1 or U-Bridge 1

Dates

There are three terms every year. Each term is 12 weeks long.

Winter Term
January to April
Apply by September 15

Spring Term
May to July
Apply by November 15

Fall Term
September to December
Apply by June 1

Tuition

Tuition: $10,000 CAD per term, including the cost of both ESL and university classes

Application fee: $240 CAD

This does not include the cost of housing, books, and other supplies.

Apply

Step 1 Register

Create an account

Start your application by creating an account or logging into the University of Saskatchewan's application portal at apply.usask.ca

Step 2 Application

Start an application

Choose the application for joint admission to an undergraduate program and English studies (ESL). Be prepared to fill out all of the required information, including:

  • Your name, contact information, and other biographical information
  • Your previous education history
  • Your preferred channel of English study (U-Bridge or U-Prep) and planned academic program of study (degree program)
Apply for joint admission
Step 3 Submit application

Submit your application and application fee

Submit your application as soon as possible. Be mindful of application deadlines.

To submit your application, you will be required to pay a combined application fee ($240 CAD) and first-term tuition deposit ($400 CAD).

Step 4 Upload documents

Upload your documents

Once you have submitted your application for joint admission, log in to review your application status regularly.

You will see that a second application was created automatically for you. There will be one application for your degree program and another for your program of English study. 

Open each application to review your supplemental items lists. Upload required items as soon as possible, such as your transcript(s) or statements of marks and IELTS or TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Step 5 Confirmation email

Watch for your offer of admission

We will notify you by email as soon as possible when we make decisions on your applications. You will be able to log in to your account to download your letter and any important information about your admission.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Saskatchewan!

Questions?

Email: register.esl@usask.ca
Phone: (306) 966-4351

232 R.J.D. Williams Building
105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3 Canada

Refund policy

The Application for Admission Fee is non-refundable. The Tuition Deposit for each term is refundable if the application is cancelled or transferred to another term by the payment deadline.

The Housing Placement Fee is non-refundable. However, Occupancy Fees for homestay or residence will be partly refunded as determined by our Accommodations Office if students change their accommodation after arrival.

The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre reserves the right to change fees and term dates. The University of Saskatchewan Language Centre reserves the right to cancel a course and refund all money paid by the applicant.