Terms and Conditions

Fees and Participant Responsibility:

All fees, charges and accounts are payable in advance, as determined by University Bridge. Students will not be permitted to commence or continue their program at the beginning of any semester until all outstanding fees, charges and accounts are paid.

The US$500 administrative fee is non-refundable.

The total price (the “Fee”) for University Bridge does not encompass additional personal expenses, including but not limited to:

1) Costs associated with applying for a student visa

2) Personal spending money

3) Medical insurance (required) or any costs associated with medical care

4) Food and meal costs

5) Textbooks and other necessary school supplies.

6) Airfare to and from U.S. domestic airport closest to the campus (a round trip ticket is required)

7) Extra costs for English as a Second Language courses, which may be required by a student whose English language proficiency is inadequate

8) Additional tutoring costs beyond the maximum hours provided by University Bridge

Rules:

All participants are subject to the rules of the partner college. Students must assume full responsibility for compliance. Students must adhere to all housing regulations set by CollegeSolved. Rules governing alcohol, tobacco, controlled drugs and other serious offenses will be strictly enforced. Applicants are reminded that international students in the United States must comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law in order to retain valid student visas. Violations of such laws will render the participant liable for immediate dismissal from the program and repatriation to the home country, if not legal prosecution for violation of the laws of the state or federal jurisdictions involved. No refund of the Fee will be made in the event of dismissal or withdrawal, except as provided for under Refund Policy below.

Students are expected to attend all classes, undertake all tests and examinations during a program, and abide by all rules and regulations of the college and University Bridge that are in force at any time.

Students seeking transfer between the date of initial arrival in the United States and the first day of classes may have their I-20 cancelled by the college, and no refunds will be granted.

Admission is subject to availability. Early application and payment is advised.

Payment Policy:

Students are required to pay a deposit directly to CollegeSolved before they receive an I-20 form. Students accepted into University Bridge after a certain date must pay the entire outstanding Fee before an I-20 form can be provided. Deposit amounts and total fees will be provided in a student’s offer letter. The Fee is correct at the time of printing. University Bridge reserves the right to vary the Fee at any time without notice.

All students are required to pay the entire invoiced amount in full for the full year by the date stated on the invoice or in the admissions email.  Students, who are accepted after a certain date, will not be required to pay a deposit but instead are required to pay the Fee in its entirety.

Students will not receive their pre-arrival information until the deposit is received.

Students with outstanding balances will immediately be placed on hold by the college and University Bridge, and may be barred from attending classes until payment is made in full.

Students with balances due after 30 days are subject to a $500 late payment fee.

Wire payments are recommended. Please refer to the following Bank Details below as well as those provided in your offer letter in order to make a wire transfer.

Refund Policy:

Cancel or withdraw from University Bridge by: Amount kept by University Bridge:
60 days prior to orientation: $10,000
30 days prior to orientation: 50% of invoiced amount
Prior to Orientation: 75% of invoiced amount
Orientation: No refund

If a student visa application is denied, the applicant is entitled to a full refund of any fees paid less the non-refundable administrative fee of US$500. The applicant must provide proof of the visa refusal, such as a letter of rejection from a US Embassy or Consulate.

Students who are suspended from the college or University Bridge will be charged cancellation fees and may not receive a refund for money paid for the Fee or other University Bridge charges.

All currency in this policy is in United States dollars (USD).

Bank Details:

IMPORTANT: When wiring monies, include the student name on the account. If no student name is linked to the wire, delays with processing the payment will likely occur.

Length of Enrollment:

Students must enroll for an entire academic year (number of semesters will be based on the program) and are required to live in University Bridge housing.

Study Plan Changes:

Upon arrival, students will be given placement examinations to assess their English language and math levels. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated, incurring extra costs for which the student will be responsible.

Progression:

Progression at the end of any given semester is dependent on successfully passing all courses in that semester and necessary progression requirements. Students must take the courses set forth in University Bridge’s curriculum for the assigned major in order to be eligible for certain transfers.

The college may have additional requirements for progression. These additional requirements will be reviewed during orientation. Each transfer institution that participates in the guaranteed transfer program has its own requirements. All rules and requirements set by the participating transfer institution will be provided on the University Bridge website and will be discussed during orientation. Changes to the rules (including the minimum grade point average or other required courses and grades) will be provided to students by University Bridge. Acceptance into a college or university after successfully completing University Bridge does not necessarily guarantee acceptance into a particular program of study.

Insurance:

All students are required to be properly insured. Each college has preferred vendors who offer medical insurance to full-time students at an additional cost. Students are required to have renter’s insurance naming CollegeSolved as an additional beneficiary. University Bridge will provide students with participating insurers.

Damage and Liability:

Any reference in these terms to liability of students shall also infer liability on the parent or financial sponsor, and such liability is joint and several.

Students are responsible for payment for any damage caused by them to CollegeSolved, the partner college, housing or other property, including fixtures and fittings in University Bridge accommodations. Occupants of shared accommodations are jointly and severally liable for the proper care of rooms, fixtures and fittings and CollegeSolved reserves the right to recover costs for damage or exceptional cleaning.

Withdrawal/Variation of Degree Programs:

If, after a University Bridge applicant has indicated an intention to progress into a particular degree program, but prior to the student completing University Bridge, the partner college discontinues the nominated degree program, the student may either: (1) withdraw without liability for fees other than the non-refundable administrative fee for University Bridge, or (2) transfer to such other program (if any) as may be offered by University Bridge for which the student is qualified. If in these circumstances the student wishes to withdraw from the partner college and to enroll in a course at a different institution, CollegeSolved shall use its reasonable endeavors to assist the student.

Once the student has commenced the first semester at a partner college, if: (a) such college’s ability to deliver programs or other services in accordance with the descriptions provided is compromised by circumstances beyond the control of such college (e.g. third party industrial action), University Bridge will use all reasonable endeavors to minimize disruption as far as it is practical to do so; (b) the program is cancelled or substantially varied from that described in the prospectus for reasons other than circumstances beyond the college’s reasonable control, University Bridge will use reasonable endeavors to provide a suitable replacement program, but cannot guarantee to do so. If the student does not wish to accept the replacement program, the student shall be entitled to withdraw from the program. In the event of such withdrawal University Bridge shall make an appropriate refund of fees. Depending on the point at which the withdrawal takes place, University Bridge reserves the right to retain fees or charges to cover the tuition, housing, or services which the student has actually received.

Applying for a Visa:

Once a student has been accepted, s/he will be provided with an I-20 from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued by the partner college.

This form will be sent upon receipt of deposit or payment of the Fee in full, as required. An I-20 is required to start the process of obtaining a student visa to enter the United States. Students will also be required to present financial documentation to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) consular office in their country. Students are advised to have a letter from parents/guardian, financial sponsor or other source of support stating their responsibility for expenses throughout. A bank statement or letter verifying their financial ability to cover expenses should also be provided. The bank statement cannot be a copy; it must be original (per immigration law). The bank statement must be notarized and no older than six months.

Also, in addition to the bank statement, an affidavit of support may be required, which is an original letter from the student’s sponsor (such as parent or guardian), claiming financial responsibility for the student. This affidavit must also be notarized. If the student is self-sponsored, no affidavit is required.

All students are encouraged to apply for their visa as soon as possible, and notify University Bridge directly once your visa status is known. Students should notify University Bridge when they have made an appointment and with the outcome of that appointment by emailing admissions@ubridge.org from the email address on file with University Bridge.

International students must be enrolled full time to maintain their student visa. Students must be enrolled in courses worth a total of 12 credits or more. University Bridge requires that students enroll in all courses set by University Bridge for the participant’s major. Student visas are usually issued for the duration of University Bridge. Students wishing to extend their visa should first consult the college for assistance.

Late Arrival:

All students are expected to arrive and start their program on the scheduled start date. All late arrivals must be approved in advance and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. No deposits, tuition, accommodation costs, or any other part of the Fee will be refunded for late arrivals (late arrival fees may apply). Any revision of the study plan will most likely involve additional time and expenditure with regard to tuition and accommodation fees.

NOTE: there are strict deadlines for starting University Bridge. An unapproved late arrival may result in the student being unable to attend classes for the term, and may also require that the student return to his/her country until the next year.

Program Admission:

Students are accepted in good faith into both English language and academic programs on the basis of the certification they provide to meet the admissions criteria. If, however, the results from the tests and assessment procedures upon arrival provide clear evidence that a student’s actual level of English language or academic proficiency is significantly different than the one claimed and is lower than the one required for their designated program, then the student will be formally advised of the results and of applicable options. Students need to be aware that if an alternative study plan is advised, there may be a significant change in study time and expenditure with regard to tuition and accommodation fees.

A student, either individually or through his/her representative, who has submitted any documentation or certification to meet the admissions criteria which is later found to have been falsified may be subject to immediate dismissal from University Bridge.

Publicity:

Students (and their parents or guardians, where applicable) agree that their images and sound, details and achievements may be used in any media for promotional purposes without written consent or notification. This includes permission to pass them on to third parties (agents, publications, etc.) at our discretion as long as the images are used to publicize CollegeSolved programs.

Student Information:

At the time of acceptance, students are requested to sign a release authorizing the college to share information about the student with designated officials of University Bridge, parents and/or representatives. It is part of the unique nature of University Bridge that we provide feedback about academic performance and/or financial issues to individuals involved in the student’s success.

Data Protection:

Any information provided to CollegeSolved may be held on computer and shall be used in accordance with US law, including FERPA, HIPAA, and ADA. CollegeSolved is an Equal Opportunities provider. Information provided to CollegeSolved is held and processed for the purpose of administering your application, and may be carried forward to your official student record, which holds data in electronic and paper form on your personal details, academic and administrative history and on relevant financial transactions. After you leave, the parts of your student record which the college and CollegeSolved need to retain will be archived. Some information will also be processed for the purpose of managing our relationship with you as an alumnus. Other information will be destroyed.

CollegeSolved may provide the partner college with any information pertaining to a prospective student’s application of study, ongoing academic progress, and results and attendance for the purposes of admission and transfer.

Throughout, your personal data will be held in accordance with current US data protection law.

Variation:

No variation to these conditions is valid unless agreed in writing by CollegeSolved; provided always that the CollegeSolved reserves the right to make any addition, amendment or alteration to these conditions upon giving one semester’s written notice of such change to all affected students.

Communication:

Please supply University Bridge with personal e-mail addresses and mobile/cell numbers prior to arrival, in order that communication, to include transmission of student reports, may be maintained at all times. Please also advise of any changes as they occur.

Tuition, Housing and Fees:

Tuition: University Bridge is responsible for the payment of tuition to the partner college based on the courses provided in the established curriculum (or as agreed to by University Bridge).  Such payment will be made in a timely manner, as arranged between the partner college and University Bridge.  Such payment will be made on behalf of each enrolled student, in good standing with University Bridge.  Should questions or issues arise, students and families may contact University Bridge at admissions@ubridge.org.

Housing: University Bridge will provide housing to participants of University Bridge who are in good standing.  Housing is available for each semester that a student is studying with University Bridge and remains in good standing.  Any payments to third parties related to such housing shall be the responsibility of University Bridge and shall be made in a timely manner, as arranged between University Bridge and such third party.  Should questions or issues arise, students and families may contact University Bridge at admissions@ubridge.org.

Fees: Any other fees or costs associated with University Bridge which are the responsibility of University Bridge shall be made in a timely basis on behalf of students who are in good standing with University Bridge.

The terms and conditions between the applicant and University Bridge are governed by the laws of the United States and the state of Virginia.