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QBridge - Queen's University Bridging Pathway

English Language Preparation for Queen's Undergraduate Programs

QBridge is an English language pathway to Queen's University for students who are academically competitive for admission to a Queen's undergraduate degree program, but who do not meet the required admission standard for English language proficiency. 

This pathway ensures that students are linguistically, academically and culturally prepared to complete their Queen’s undergraduate degree studies.

QBridge Pathway

English for Academic Purposes

Fall enrollment*

QBridge Accelerated

Summer (July-August)

Entry requirements:

  • IELTS 5.0-5.5
  • TOEFL iBT 58
  • or equivalent

Exit requirements:

  • A- in ESLA 140 (Advanced level), or
  • B in ESLA 150 (University Preparation level)

Entry requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT 80
  • or equivalent

Exit requirements:

  • a final grade of B at the end of the summer program 

*Students enrolling in the Fall session may need to complete Fall, Winter and Summer sessions to meet exit requirements.  

QBridge: English for Academic Purposes

Students accepted to Queen's through the QBridge Pathway are required to complete the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program before progressing to their undergraduate degree studies the following September.

Students applying to Queen's through QBridge will be enrolled in the English for Academic Purposes Program if they present the following minimum standardized English language test scores:

Standardized English language test Test Score Required
TOEFL iBT 58
IELTS 5.0
MELAB 58
PTE 40

Students are required to achieve the required standing in the program in order to progress to the undergraduate studies:

  • a final grade of A- in ESLA 140 (Advanced level), or
  • a final grade of B in ESLA 150 (University Preparation)

If a student has not reached the required standard in the Fall or Winter sessions, a third session of study may be taken in the Summer.

Eligible Undergraduate Degree Programs

QBridge is available as a pathway to undergraduate degree programs in the following faculties:

QBridge Accelerated

Different than the QBridge: English for Academic Purposes Program, QBridge Accelerated is for students with higher standardized English language test scores and is available as a pathway to all First Year degree programs. These students may be considered for an intensive eight-week summer course starting in July. To be eligible for this program, students must present the following minimum standardized English language test scores: 

Standardized English language test Test Score Required
TOEFL iBT 80
IELTS 6.0
MELAB 78
PTE 55

Students must achieve at least a B grade in QBridge Accelerated to progress to their degree program in September of the same year.

How to Apply

Students are required to apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). For details on application, please refer to the Queen's Undergraduate Admission. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don't meet the English language proficiency requirements for a Queen's undergraduate degree program. Can I receive a conditional admission (acceptance) to Queen's by applying for the English for Academic Purposes Program?

A: If you don't meet the English language proficiency requirements for a Queen's undergraduate degree program, then you can apply for the QBridge pathway, which is designed for students like you. When you apply for your degree program of interest (must be from the list of the eligible programs) using the specific application codes, you will be offered English for Academic Purposes or QBridge Accelerated. The offer will depend on your level of English.

If you are accepted to Queen's University through QBridge, then you receive an unconditional acceptance to Queen's University. You will have to follow the Queen's University regulations and requirements in order to progress from your English language training program to the undergraduate degree program. The requirements for this progression are explained above.

Q: Do I have to choose between English for Academic Purposes Program or QBridge Accelerated?

A: No, you do not choose between the two options. When you apply for your degree program of interest (must be from the list of the eligible programs) using the specific application codes, you will be offered English for Academic Purposes or QBridge Accelerated. The offer will depend on your level of English.

Q: I am an international student, do I need to apply for QBridge (English language preparation plus Queen's University undergraduate degree program) through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC)?

A: Yes, all students, regardless of their citizenship, must apply for the QBridge Pathway through OUAC. For more information on how to apply, please refer to the Queen's Undergraduate Admission website: http://www.queensu.ca/admission/apply-high-school/how-apply.