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Accelerated Bridge Program

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Start dates:
28 August 2017; 16 January 2018
Course length:
1 or 2 academic years

Entry requirements

1–2 years remaining of secondary school or equivalent. Minimum GPA 2.5
Minimum TOEFL iBT 74 (no section below 16)/ IELTS 6.0 (minimum 6.0 for Listening/ Reading, 5.5 for Writing/ Speaking)
Students below this level can first take the High School Preparation Program – from entry level TOEFL iBT 20.
Minimum age:

Sample pathways for the Accelerated Bridge Program

Pathways for Kings Accelerated Bridge Program

The course

The Accelerated Bridge Program is open to international 11th and 12th graders, and is the perfect bridge between high school at home and college or university in the USA. It offers pre-college students the chance to experience college life and to gain college credits — all with the dedicated support of Kings on campus.

Students will earn a High School Diploma while simultaneously earning up to 60 college credits. As part of their program, they will take classes with degree-level students, with teaching from college professors. Upon graduation, students will be able to earn a College Diploma in as little as two years, or use their advanced standing in college to progress to another elite institution.

The Program is taught on the campus of Concordia College, delivered in conjunction with the Martin Luther School, New York.

Fast track degree pathways

Complete a degree at Concordia College in just two years

Once the Accelerated Bridge Program is successfully completed, students transfer smoothly to their main undergraduate degree within the same campus at Concordia. Crucially, they can gain up to 60 college credits so that they can complete their degree at Concordia in just two years, compared with the usual four years for an American degree.

Typical Major Pathways

  • Architecture
  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media
  • Economics and Finance
  • Engineering/ Pre-Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Health Sciences and Nursing
  • Humanities
  • Law/ Pre-Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music/ Performing Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Immediate transfer options to Top 100 US universities

Alternatively, immediately after the Accelerated Bridge Program, students have the option of transferring to an elite US university. Kings University Progression Advisors on campus will work with each student in a coordinated and carefully managed University Application Program. This includes:

  1. Establishing academic strengths and interests
  2. Help with researching university and degree subject options
  3. Providing advising workshops and one-to-one sessions
  4. Organizing visits to and from target universities
  5. Help and support in securing valuable extracurricular experience
  6. Support and guidance on university applications
  7. Advice on writing great college essays and an effective Personal Statement
  8. Support and advice on following up university offers

About Martin Luther School

The Program is delivered at Concordia in conjunction with Martin Luther School. Founded in 1960, Martin Luther School is an independent school for students in grades 6–12.

Since then, many thousands of students have received their diploma from Martin Luther. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association since 1992 and also is recognized by the New York Board of Regents, Association of Lutheran Secondary Schools, and the National Lutheran Schools Association.

The Academic Program

Martin Luther School prides itself on its rigorous College Preparatory academic program. Students have several opportunities to prepare themselves for future higher education.

  • Academic Lab/SETSS for students with IEP/IESP's
  • Over 30 hours of scheduled extra help each week
  • Curriculum aligned with NYS Board of Regents giving students the opportunity to earn a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma
  • Advanced courses offered to support STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

The Kings International Study Center at Concordia

The International Study Center (ISC) is based on the Concordia College campus. It is run by specialized Kings staff who provide expert academic, linguistic and cultural preparation for success at Concordia and beyond. 

The ISC also delivers the High School Preparation Program for those students who need additional language or study skills development before the main Accelerated Bridge Program.

Profile of students at the International Study Center

If a student falls into one or more of the following categories, the ISC is the recommended option before the Accelerated Bridge Program.

1. Requires English Language Development

A student who is not yet at the English language level required for entry to the Accelerated Bridge Program. He or she therefore requires specialized English development from experts in ESL provision.

2. New to the US Education System

A student who is academically able, but has had little or no experience of the US education system. He or she therefore requires a program of carefully managed adjustment to a new way of learning, devised and taught by experts in the academic needs of international students.

3. Needs a Social and Cultural Soft Landing

A student who is younger or less confident, perhaps because this is their first time away from home. Therefore he or she is in need of a 'soft landing' into US school life via a carefully managed preparatory pastoral program specially created for international students.

Sample weekday schedule

8.00 Breakfast in Commons
9.00–10.00 Class 1
10.30 Chapel (optional)
11.00–12.00 Study in library
12.00–13.00 Lunch in Commons or Schoenfeld Student Center
13.00–14.00 Class 2
14.00–15.00 Rest in dorm room
15.00–16.00 Class 3
16.00–17.00 Study in library
17.00–18.00 Dinner in Commons or Schoenfeld Student Center
18.30–20.30 Soccer (football) game on campus
21.00–22.00 Socialize
22.00 Sleep

Sample academic schedule

 MLS RequirementsCreditsConcordia course(s)Credits
Semester 1
US History ½ HIS 215 (US History to Civil War) 3
English ½ ENL 106 (Listening/Note-taking) 3
Science ½ BIO 207 (BIO I plus lab) 4
Math ½ MAT 100 (Intermediate Algebra) 3
Elective ½ ENL 107 (Advanced Reading) 3
Semester 2
US History ½ HIS 216 (US History from Civil War) 3
English ½ ENL 108 (Advanced Writing) 3
Theology ½ REL 101 (Theology Elective) 3
Science ½ BIO 208 (BIO III plus lab) 4
Math ½ MAT 201 (Precalculus) 3
Semester 3
English ½ COM 100 3
    COM 100L Writing Lab 1
Economics ½ ECO 264 (Macroeconomics) 3
Math ½ MAT 210 (Calculus) 3
Physical Education ½ ½ PED 103 (Fitness and Wellness) 2
Science ½ CHM 201 (Inorganic Chem I) 4
Semester 4
English ½ COM 101 3
Government ½ GOV Comparative Governments 3
Theology ½ REL 252 (World Religions) 3
Math ½ MAT 220 (Calculus II) 3
Science ½ CHM 202 (Inorganic Chem II) 4
Physical Education ½ Phys. Ed Independent Program TBD 3

Note: Depending on their 9th and 10th grade transcripts, students may required to take an additional two courses — ART 103 Drawing and Painting; CIS 181 Computer Applications

Additional academic services

To complement the main academic schedule, a range of other academic services can be offered subject to the individual needs of each student. Examples include:

  • SAT/ACT Test Preparation
  • College Essay writing assistance
  • Writing and other Student Learning Support

High School Preparation Program

Students who need additional language or study skills before the main Accelerated Bridge Program can take 1–4 terms of the High School Preparation Program.

The Program is flexible so that students can join at different points throughout the year, and study for as long as they need depending on their language level.

Key facts

Start dates: 27 March, 19 June, 18 September 2017; 2 January, 26 March, 18 June, 17 September 2018

Duration: 1–4 terms

Age range: Minimum 16

Class size: Maximum 15

Minimum entry levels
Academic: Completed at least 9 years of High School in good standing. GPA 2.5
English: TOEFL iBT 20 or equivalent

Learning outcomes

  • Development of key academic skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking to an appropriate standard for success at Concordia College
  • Development of vocabulary in key subject areas
  • Development of key learning, teamwork and research skills
  • Knowledge of the US education system and society

Program content

1. English for Academic Study

This component will ensure students:

  • acquire specialized language in subject areas such as Math and Science
  • become acquainted with the style of language and vocabulary appropriate for high school-level coursework
  • develop strategies for completing academic reading and listening tasks
  • practice report-writing in particular subject areas
  • participate in group discussions learning to express ideas and opinions
  • respond to and summarize written works in English
  • have a solid introduction to social language norms and how young people in the US communicate with one another

2. Study and Organizational Skills

This component enables students to:

  • set personal goals to manage time and deadlines for assigned projects
  • practice note-taking in academic classes
  • identify the main ideas and supporting details in articles
  • undertake effective group work practice
  • review the variety of learning strategies used to successfully study in an English speaking environment
  • practice peer review of academic work
  • develop technology skills in the classroom

3. Introduction to Academic Subject Areas

This component will ensure students:

  • audit High School classes to practice listening and note-taking skills
  • attend lectures on academic subjects
  • participate in discussions and debates on academic subjects

Direct progression to the Accelerated Bridge Program

The Program is designed to integrate with the Accelerated Bridge curriculum. Once students have successfully completed the High School Preparation Program they will progress seamlessly to the Accelerated Bridge Program.

Entry requirements to Accelerated Bridge Program
TOEFL iBT: Average 74
GPA: Minimum 2.5

Students with the appropriate language and academic level can enter the Accelerated Bridge Program directly. In this case, submission of a Personal Statement and a Skype interview will be required.