Concord, California

academic bridge program dvc

Academic Bridge

Academic Pathway program for ESL students
in the San Francisco Bay Area


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IEC@DVC’s Academic Bridge program is ideal for students ready to transition to an American college. Academic Bridge students take two classes at Diablo Valley College and receive six college credits. In this comprehensive program, students benefit from the support and guidance of qualified staff and teaching aides, attend workshops, and have access to IEC@DVC social activities.

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Academic Bridge Program Details

Students in the Academic Bridge program:

  • Take two classes at Diablo Valley College (classes are pre-selected)
  • Earn six total credits for transfer to a California State University or University of California institution
  • Receive the support of Study Aides who host daily study sessions to review class content
  • Attend Success Series workshops that focus on how to excel at an American college or university (topics include time management, how to become involved on campus, leadership and student government)
  • Have access to all IEC@DVC organized activities, such as campus tours and social events
  • Receive early registration for Fall or Spring Semester at DVC

Academic Bridge 2019 Dates and Prices

IEC@DVC hosts three Academic Bridge sessions each year.

  • Spring Bridge: March 4, 2019 – May 2, 2019
  • Summer Bridge: June 24, 2019 – August 15, 2019
  • Fall Bridge: October 21, 2019 – December 12, 2019

2019 Spring BRIDGE

  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Mandatory Orientation: February 27 & 28
  • Classes Start: March 4
  • Classes End: May 2
  • Program includes:
    • *English 162 - Language Literature, and Culture (3 units);
    • *Sociology 120 (3 units)


  • Application Deadline: May 17
  • Mandatory Orientation: June 19 & 21
  • Classes Start: June 24
  • Classes End: August 15
  • Program includes:
    • *English 162 - Language Literature, and Culture (3 units)
    • *Music 110 (3 units)

2019 fall BRIDGE

  • Application Deadline: September 20
  • Mandatory Orientation: October 16 & 17
  • Classes Start: October 21
  • Classes End: December 12
  • Program includes:
    • *English 162 - Language Literature, and Culture (3 units)
    • *Anthropology 130 (3 units)

*classes are pre-selected by IEC. Students are not able to choose.

2019 Bridge Program Fees
Academic Bridge Program Placement Fee Non-refundable and due with application $400
Express mail for all acceptance packages mailed internationally Non-refundable and due with application $50
DVC Application Fee One-time non-refundable and due with application $50
Medical Insurance Insurance is mandatory and covers students from orientation to the start of the next semester; due the first week of class Varies
Tuition Tuition covers 2 DVC academic classes and is due the first week of class $2300
Homestay (per 8 weeks) Single room with 2 meals (Monday to Friday) and 3 meals on the weekends $1800
Apartment (per 8 weeks) Single private room
Double shared room (per person)
Triple shared room (per person)

*Student is responsible for books, materials and any transportation costs.

Academic Bridge Requirements

Students must complete the DVC application and be 18 years of age or a high school graduate with proof of high school completion (official transcripts).

Students must also provide:

  • $400 non-refundable program placement fee
  • $50 DVC application fee
  • $50 international express mail fee for all acceptance packages shipped to a foreign address
  • Official proof of English proficiency: IEC Advanced B graduate, minimum TOEFL score of 490 PBT or 57 IBT, IELTS 5.5, or ITEP 3.5
  • Copy of passport
  • Bank statement from sponsor indicating minimum of $22,392 USD available for expenses

How to Apply

Students can apply online or by printing, completing, and mailing a DVC Bridge Application  (and all applicable fees).