Intensive English Program for International Teens (Ages 15-17 years old) in
the San Francisco Bay Area

Session 2 Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

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The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC@DVC) opened in 2000, and since then has welcomed students from more than 40 countries. The EducationUSA Academy at Diablo Valley College is excited to provide students with the best English language training program in California.

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EducationUSA Academy at IEC@DVC
LOCATION: International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC@DVC),
San Francisco Bay Area, Pleasant Hill, California
PROGRAM TYPE: Full-time Program (22 hours/week); Tourist visa, visa waiver or J-visa required
AGE RANGE: 15-17 year olds
ENGLISH LEVEL: One group at the intermediate level and one group at the advanced level.
INTEGRATION: Students will stay within their cohorts in the morning and afternoon but integrate with IEC and DVC students in activities and workshops.
HOUSING: Homestay- one or two students in one household. IEC works with Diablo Valley Homestay. Download Session 1 or Session 2 homestay applications for detailed information on the homestay process.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Monday - Thursday
8:30 - 11:30
Reading, Writing, and Grammar
12:30-2:30/3:30 Listening and Speaking
8:30 - 12:30
ESL class followed by cultural activities in the community that are based on the curriculum.
PRICE: USD $4500 per student
Includes all application fees, tuition, homestay placement & monthly fees, all meals, books, activities and airport pick-up and drop-off. Price does not include airfare or personal expenses.

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academic esl workshops at dvc

Mark Isham, a former international student counselor at DVC, offers complimentary Academic Planning and Training (APT) workshops and individual counseling to IEC students.

The APT series will be offered to Academy students on a weekly basis. Additional workshops are offered within the class curriculum.

WEEK 1: The College Degree: More than just a piece of paper!
Learn the requirements for completing a US Associate's and Bachelor's degree.
General education and Transfer
Learn about general education requirements used by the community college to transfer to a UC, CSU or private university.
WEEK 3: Choosing a Major that Fits YOU!
Assess your values, interests, personality, and skills to choose a major that fits well with these personal qualities.
WEEK 4: How to Make a Good Educational Plan
Create a good education plan to save time and money and to stay on track with educational goals. Learn about the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee, or TAG program.

Additional potential workshops may include: How to write a personal statement, application guidelines and tips, and differences between 2 year, 4 year and private institutions in the US.

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san francisco bay activities for international students

3-5 excursions per week are included in the package with trips to college campuses and service learning opportunities incorporated.

WEEK 1: Activity 1 DVC Campus Tour
Activity 2 Free Movie Day at the Cinema
Activity 3 UC Berkeley Campus Tour
Activity 4 San Francisco City & Alcatraz Tour
Activity 1 Volunteer Service Learning Experience
Activity 2 Bowling Tournament
Activity 3 UC Davis Campus Tour & Shopping at the Outlets
Activity 4 Yosemite National Park Adventure
WEEK 3: Activity 1 Field Trip to California Academy of Science
Activity 2 Off the Grid Pleasant Hill
Activity 3 Ice Cream Sandwiches @ Walnut Creek
Activity 4 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Trip
Activity 5 Trip to Muir Woods and Stinson Beach
WEEK 4: Activity 1 Volunteer Service Learning Experience
Activity 2 St. Mary’s College Campus Tour
Activity 3 Farewell Sushi Party
Activity 4 UC Davis Campus Tour & Shopping at the Outlets

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2016 education academy at diablo valley college

Mission Statement: The mission of the intensive English language program at the International Education Center at Diablo Valley College is to facilitate the acquisition of English for non-native speakers, to prepare them both linguistically and culturally for academic studies and success at the college and/or university level.

School Profile

The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College is located in Concord, California, which is in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area about 30 minutes east of downtown San Francisco by direct train. The city’s mild climate is Mediterranean-like in that there are cool and wet winters and dry, warm summers. San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and boast world class museums, restaurants and stores. On the weekends, students are only a few hours away from enjoying great skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, hiking in Yosemite National Park, wine tasting in the famous Napa Valley or surfing in the Pacific Ocean.

The International Education Center (IEC) was established in 2000. IEC offers intensive, academic-based English Language Programs. The majority of IEC students continue their studies at Diablo Valley College (DVC) or other universities.

Founded in 1949, Diablo Valley College (DVC) is a public community college. DVC provides 20,000 full-time and part-time students including more than 1,600 students from 68 countries with a safe, friendly environment conducive to studying. Providing the first two years of the U.S. bachelor’s degree, DVC has one of the most successful university transfer programs of all California Community Colleges. Students whose goal is to obtain a Bachelor’s degree can take 2 years at DVC and then 2 years at a university to accomplish their goal. DVC is the #1 transfer school to UC Berkeley.

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ESL Program

esl classes at diablo valley college

The Intensive English Program at Diablo Valley College’s International Education Center (IEC@DVC) is designed to prepare students for academic success. The program offers 6 levels of intensive English classes for all levels from beginners to advanced learners. For the Education USA Academy students, IEC will provide classes for a cohort at the intermediate and advanced level.

In addition, IEC provides students with many opportunities to practice their English skills in the real world. Weekend trips, volunteer opportunities, academic workshops, and daily activities are organized during the week to highlight and utilize the fun and exciting environment California has to offer.

All IEC instructors hold a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Linguistics or a related field and have taught abroad.

For information about applying, please contact

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