Utah DLI Secondary Pathway
The Bridge Program
The Bridge Program offers an advanced language pathway for high school students who have passed the Advanced Placement (AP) Language and Culture Exam, 'bridging' the gap between completion of the exam and higher education.
Students begin upper division university language course work in the high school setting, where each 3-credit college course extends over a full academic year of high school. This rigorous and supportive environment establishes a university and career pathway in two languages, and seeks to promote access to bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural citizenship in Utah.
Bridge Program course work is designed as the continuation of Utah’s successful dual language immersion (DLI) program (established in 2008 and currently serving more than 30,000 (students) and seeks to promote enrollment by Heritage language students who have passed the AP exam.
- Students may take one course per year in grades 10-12, allowing them to earn up to 9 credits in upper division university study.
- Students who successfully complete all 3 courses will graduate from high school just 2 courses shy of a minor in their language of study.
- Bridge courses fall under the state Concurrent Enrollment program, allowing them to count towards high school graduation and cost just $5/credit.