Global Bridge iFIG FAQs

What is the Global Bridge iFIG?

This is a program to boost the academic success and time to degree of our international students, especially those who come to the UO still needing to develop full command of academic English.  Many US universities simply take in students from overseas without ensuring they have the writing, reading, listening and speaking comprehension skills in English to succeed in our classes.  That’s not what we do at the UO.  Here, the Global Bridge iFIG puts our students right into the English classes they need to succeed.  We link those classes to general education courses that help students advance quickly towards their chosen degree goals.  And we provide a College Connections course customized to rapidly introduce non-US students to the culture, resources and requirements of US higher ed at the UO. All of this is housed in our Freshman Interest Group program, which draws first year students of all origins, US and non-US into similar enriching curriculum designed to accelerate students’ socialization into the university and launch them on a rapid trajectory toward success.  

Who is eligible for this iFIG program?

International students who enter with an IBT TOEFL score below 88, and are placed into all 6 AEIS courses by the AEIS Placement Test (Accuplacer).  

Can other international students enroll in the program?

Yes, other incoming international freshmen can enroll in the iFIG on a space available basis, with approval from the Office of Academic Advising.

How many iFIGs are available?

There are eight iFIGs: 4 Business/ECON and 4 General Education. Details can be found from this link: 2017-18 Global Bridge iFIGs

Do the iFIG courses count toward an undergraduate degree?

Yes, all iFIG credits count toward degree requirements.   

Does the iFIG comprise a full academic schedule?

Yes, if a student is enrolled in one of the iFIGs in his/her first year, he/she does not need to not take any additional courses while in the iFIG. The program is designed so that students will complete all of their AEIS requirements in the first year while also making headway on their general education requirements.

Can a student take other/ additional courses?

Yes, a student can add a math class, based on placement test results, and/or a physical education course.  Students should consult with an Academic Adviser before adding these courses.

What should I do if I have questions about the Global Bridge FIG program?

For general questions about the program, you may contact Jackie Etchison ( or Amy Hughes Giard ( and Tom Delaney (

What should I do if a student I am advising seems to have a legitimate reason to want an exemption from this program?

It depends on the nature of the student’s reason for wanting an exemption.

If a student wants an exemption because the program might impede their specific academic plans, the Office of Academic Advising can grant an exemption and should be consulted by contacting them at x6-3211.