Summer Bridge Academic Program

2017 Summer Bridge Program

Application Deadline: May 12, 2017
Mandatory Orientation: June 21 - 23
Classes: June 26 – August 3
Program includes:

  • English 162 – Language, Literature & Culture (3 units)
  • Political Science 120 (3 units)
*classes are pre-selected by IEC. Students are not able to choose.

As an international student, our Summer Academic Bridge Program at IEC will give you the academic skills and personal confidence you need to start the first two years of your bachelor’s degree at Diablo Valley College (DVC). The Academic Bridge Program is designed to allow you to successfully transition from study outside of the USA to a full-time academic program. The BRIDGE includes 2 pre-selected academic courses which give you 6 units of university credit that are transferable and count towards your four year bachelor’s degree at all the California State and University of California campuses. Not only will you get a head start on your bachelor’s degree, but the 6 week Academic Bridge Program also includes:

Study Sessions: Each Academic Bridge course includes a study session that students attend for additional assistance, study techniques, and tutoring with their in class work and homework assignments. Study sessions are proctored by highly trained teacher aides who work closely with the Academic Bridge course instructors. Study sessions are a fundamental part of the Academic Bridge Program and attending study sessions ensures student achievement.

Academic Success Series Seminars: Once a week students will have an hour long Academic Success Series Seminar focusing on keys to student success at the DVC and beyond. Academic Success Series Seminars are presented by DVC staff, faculty, and international student alumni. Past topics have included Time Management, Transferring from DVC, Researching Out-of-State and Private Universities for Transfer, DVC International Student Club and the Importance of Being Socially Involved On-Campus.

Campus visits: Campus tours in the San Francisco Bay Area can include UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and San Francisco State University.

Pre-registration for DVC Fall or Spring semester classes: Students who are admitted into the Bridge Program are given the opportunity to complete the online academic orientation and register for classes for the following semester early. Assistance is provided by IEC and ISAS staff as well as the DVC International Student Academic Counselor.

Activities: The Academic Bridge Program is not only about studying and learning, but there are many social activities included. In the past, activities have included tours of San Francisco, Sacramento, Napa Valley, Santa Cruz, Yosemite National Park, as well as Free Movie Days, Laser Tag, Bowling, Swimming, Hiking, and many more.

Admission Requirements:

1. Completed original DVC Application.
2. $400 non-refundable IEC program deposit
3. Proof of English proficiency (minimum TOEFL score of 490 PBT* or 57 IBT, 5.5 IELTS, IEC Advanced B graduate, ELS Level 109, or ITEP 3.5)
4. Bank statement from sponsor indicating a minimum of $22,592 available for expenses
5. $50 DVC application processing fee
6. Copy of passport
7. 18 years of age or high school graduate with proof of high school completion (official transcripts)

* Only TOEFL PBT tests taken inside the United States are accepted for admission.

2017 Program Dates

2017 Summer Bridge Program Dates
June 21 - 23 Arrival & Mandatory Orientation
June 26 – August 3 Academic Classes
August 3 Activities & Graduation

*Class selection may change.

2017 Summer Bridge Program Fees
Academic Bridge Program Deposit One-time non-refundable $400
Express mail for all acceptance packages mailed internationally One time non-refundable $50
DVC Application Fee One-time non-refundable $50
Medical Insurance Insurance is mandatory and covers students from orientation to the start of the next semester Varies
Tuition Tuition covers 2 DVC academic classes $2300
Homestay (per 8 weeks) Single room with 2 meals (Monday to Friday) and 3 meals on the weekends $1750
Apartment* (per month) Single private room
Double shared room (per person)
Triple shared room (per person)

What Bridge Tuition Includes:

  • program deposit
  • tuition
  • 6 academic units transferable to CSU and UC campuses
  • daily study sessions
  • academic success series
  • end of program activities, and some selected activities.

Not included:

  • mandatory express mail fee ($50 payable to IEC)
  • optional airport pickup
  • books and materials
  • $50 DVC Application Fee (please include separate payment for DVC)
  • mandatory medical insurance

Application Deadline:

2017 Summer Bridge Program
May 12, 2017

**Tuition and mandatory medical insurance MUST be paid upon arrival. Seats are limited so please register early. Schedules and location may vary if additional sections are opened to accommodate students.

Contact Person:

To apply or for further informarion, please mail or email the DVC Application-pdf to Wanya Panyapoemtaweesakull, at IEC:

Tel: (925) 676-4600 ext. 105
Fax: (925) 676-4200

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