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Centre for Teaching & Learning

The Bridge

Do you want to ease the transition from high school life to university?

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students gathering for discussion outside of Gzowski collegeTrent University’s new Bridge program provides the opportunity to experience university-level teaching and learning while completing two half credits towards your degree.

Offered for the first time in August 2017 and deemed a resounding success by all those involved - particularly the students - the Bridge is a unique opportunity to earn credits while beginning your successful transition to university life.

For 3 weeks, students have the opportunity to engage in the types of classes, discussions, and assignments that they can expect to see during their university education. By successfully completing two half credits in August, academic loads for September-April can be lightened, allowing you more time to focus on success in your individual courses.

In addition to featuring two engaging first-year half credit courses, the Bridge program is also carefully designed to promote learning and foster success.  The program will have a number of trained, upper-year student mentors, who will provide coaching and peer support around transitioning to university, and mentorship for planning and decision-making.

There will be limited enrollment for this program – be sure to register early!



In 2018, the Bridge will take place from August 13 - 31 with move in taking place late in the afternoon of August 12th.

Here is a what a typical day might look like:

9:00 - 11:30 am    Reflective Writing and Critical Engagement Course

11:30 - 12:30 pm  Coaching 

12:30 - 1:30 pm    Lunch

1:30 - 4:00 pm      Exploring Great Problems Through Scientific Inquiry Course 

Opportunities are provided for group study during the evenings.

A schedule of varied social activities including events such as bonfires, vision board making, yoga, canoeing, Taste of Downtown food tour, visit to the zoo available to all participants some evenings as well as on weekends.


Image of student and student leader in a canoe, paddling and smilingThe Bridge program courses are designed to introduce students to learning at the university level. Students will be immersed in different approaches to learning, research, and the production of knowledge at the undergraduate level. At the same time, students will be supported in developing and/or enhancing the skills needed to thrive in the university environment.

UNIV 1003H Exploring Great Problems through Scientific Inquiry

During this course students will explore three significant, complex, and challenging scientific problems from a variety of perspectives. Through this exploration, students will strengthen their information seeking, group work, research, critical thinking, reflection, and presentation skills. Students will be grouped in ‘problem teams’ and experience a range of workshops that will introduce different applications of scientific inquiry.

UNIV 1004H Reflective Writing and Critical Engagement

During this course students will explore various approaches to integrating knowledge and critical engagement with different texts and contexts through the processes of reflection, writing, and research. Through this exploration, students will strengthen their skills in self-reflection, critical thinking, applied learning, information seeking, and academic communication.


Registration is NOW OPEN!

Applicants to Trent are able to register for the Bridge program by completing the application form that can be found by logging into the Trent portal and clicking on the ACADEMICS tab.  Once this form has been submitted, applicants will receive a follow up email shortly thereafter.

Final deadline to register is July 13, 2018.  

For further information on the Bridge program, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning:  bridge@trentu.ca



Tuition fees for the academic year are $6,798.31 which are billed to the student's account as follows:

August - 1.0 credit:  $1,359.66
September - 2.0 credits:  $2,719.32
January - 2.0 credits:  $2,719.32

Tuition fees for the academic year are $19,978.63 which are billed to the student's account as follows:

August - 1.0 credit:  $3,995.72
September (fall term) - 2.0 credits:  $7,991.46
January (winter term) - 2.0 credits:  $7991.46

*please note that the above amounts include tuition ONLY and does not include ancillary fees. Ancillary fees for 2018-2019 are not yet released but a small increase can be expected from last year's fees of $1,200 (fall), $490 (winter).  Additional fees will apply for international students for UHIP and TIP camp.   


Accommodation will be provided in Peter Gzowski College, one of the residences on our Peterborough Symons Campus.  Rooms will be single occupancy.  Washrooms are located separate from bedrooms.  Students are required to provide their own towels and toiletries.  All beds are double beds.  

Accommodation cost will be $30.00 + HST / night / room = $33.90 x 19 nights = $644.10


Meal cost will be $36.75 + HST / person / day (3 meals) = $41.52 x 19 days = $788.88
(Meal plan runs from Sun, Aug 12th dinner through Fri, Aug 31st lunch inclusive)

TOTAL for accommodation including meals: $644.10 + $788.88 = $1432.98