Concord, California

educationusa academy dvc

Intensive English Program
for International Teens
in the San Francisco Bay Area

Session 1 2019 starts January 22. There’s still time to apply!

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(Ages 15-18 years old)

IEC@DVC offers the EducationUSA program for teens aged 15-18 who want to improve their English. With EducationUSA, students live with an American homestay family and take classes at IEC@DVC, located in Pleasant Hill (a city in the San Francisco Bay Area). In this all-inclusive program, students attend classes and then participate in weekend and afternoon activities that allow them to explore San Francisco and its beautiful surroundings. The program focuses on aspects of attending college, such as applying to college and choosing a major, which makes it perfect for students who are considering pursuing a college education in the United States.


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  • For students aged 15-18
  • Students must have an intermediate or advanced level of English
  • 22 hours of instruction per week
  • After school and weekend activities focusing on socialization and physical exercise
  • Activities focused on academics, such as college campus tours
  • Weekly workshops covering themes such as “Applying to College,” “Understanding General Education and Transferring,” and “Choosing a Major”
  • All-inclusive: meals, accommodation, and materials are covered in the price
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: 15-18 years
ENGLISH LEVEL: One group at the intermediate level and one group at the advanced level.
VISA TYPE: Participants will attend on a tourist (B1/B2) visa. Students from countries participating in the Visa Waiver program may attend on a Visa Waiver. Certain sponsored students may attend on a J-1 visa. Please contact us for more details.
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 2 homestay application for detailed information on the homestay process.
CLASS SCHEDULE: Monday - Thursday
8:30 - 11:30
Academic & Writing Skills
12:30-2:30/3:30 Presentation & Communication Skills
Friday Day tour of college campus or field trip
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.



The EducationUSA program is offered in winter and summer each year.

Session Dates Application Fee Tuition
Session 1 (2019) January 22 - February 15, 2019 $100  $4400
Session 2 (2019) July 15 - August 9, 2019 $100 $4400

NOTE: Application fee ($100) is due upon applying. The remainder ($4400) is due upon start of program.


education academy english activities

EducationUSA’s 3-5 weekly activities allow students to interact with IEC and DVC students, explore San Francisco and the Bay Area, and practice English outside of the classroom. 

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
WEEK 2: 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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Educational workshops address many of the questions international students have about the U.S. university system. Students complete the workshops with an understanding of the college application process, the structure of the U.S. college system, and a better idea of the specific requirements for U.S. study.

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.
WEEK 2: 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.