Prospective IEP Candidates
There are several objectives to the bridging program provided by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Included:
- Better prepare foreign-educated professionals for their careers through the foundation and specialized skills that fill the gaps.
- To convene and collaborate with partners, creating opportunities for skilled immigrants to connect to the local labor market.
- To work with key stakeholders, particularly employers, building their awareness and capacity to better integrate skilled immigrants into the workforce.
This bridging program has been developed for skilled immigrants who have immigrated to Canada within the last 3 years, with international post-secondary education (minimum of a recognized Bachelor's degree), professional credentials and work experience. Specifically, it focuses on supporting those immigrants who do not have Canadian experience in their field to gain skills, a qualification and supports to bridge into the labour market.
To qualify for the program, you must:
- be a permanent resident, landed immigrant, convention refugee, refugee claimant with a work permit or Canadian Citizen and be living in Canada for no longer than 3 years;
- reside in Ontario;
- have a minimum of a recognized Bachelor's degree in a related business, IT or HR discipline;
- have related professional work experience (typically a minimum of three years in your field is recommended); and
- have a good command of the English language as proven by achieving CLB Benchmark 8 within the past 12 months.
The Bridging Program is designed to best suit the needs of NEW immigrants who have been in Canada LESS than 3 years. This is because the objective of the bridging program is to better prepare internationally educated professionals for careers in their respective fields here in Ontario. Nevertheless, those who have been in Canada slightly longer than 3 years and less than 5 years are still welcome to contact us to discuss you eligibility.
For equity purposes, we ask all applicants (regardless of country of origin or language of education) to submit scores in the Canadian Language Benchmark Test. No other test results are necessary for application. Other language tests cannot be substituted for the CLB. Learn more about the CLB test and where to book yours.
Please visit our Fees and Additional Funding page for current Bridging Program tuition rates.
Currently, the Bridging Program is NOT eligible for OSAP funding. but is eligible for OBPAP bursaries and this may be available to qualifying Bridging Program participants after they apply Find out more at OBPAP funding. At our information sessions we can provide you with more information.
Generally the program takes about 1.5 years and is part-time approximately 2 nights per week. Students applying in the Fall of 2018 will begin the program by participating in Jumpstart to Success (a pre-qualifying session) starting February 2019. Thereafter, we require students take 2 courses per term (3 x 4 month terms). They will start their first term with two foundation courses in the Summer term (May-Augusts 2019). As flexibility is a key component of this program, students do have the opportunity to schedule themselves in more than 2 courses per term if they wish, allowing them to 'fast-track'. But, we do not recommend that students take less than two courses per term.
During the specialized skills courses, students may be eligible to participate in Experiential Education opportunities such as paid or unpaid Internships, mentorships with professionals in your field, and career services. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in one of our Experiential Education courses, such as ADMS 4950 - Consulting where students work hands-on with local businesses on consulting projects.
It is anticipated that all students admitted to this program have English language skills—both verbal and written to the level of CLB 8. However, there are language support courses offered throughout the Bridging Program for those who require enhancement of their English and in order to be prepared for the corporate environment students take the foundation course in Canadian Business Communication. All students will be assessed to identify their current ability and determine which class of English training they should attend.
Internationally educated professionals may face the following barriers when trying to enter the labour force:
- Lack of recognition of international education, training, and experience;
- Insufficient information about local employment opportunities and requirements;
- Lack of professional networks and social in Canada;
- Lack of occupation-specific terminology in English; and/or,
- Difficulty obtaining Canadian work experience.
Admission to the Bridging Program includes access to Career services, such as Career Coaching, Job Search and Career Development Workshops
Yes, if you decide that you would like to earn a degree at York University you may apply (through Admissions) to change your status to degree studies. Your previous education and the courses that you have completed during the bridging program will be considered for transfer credit towards your new undergraduate degree. The Bridging Program will not be able to provide funding for further studies.
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