Concord, California

academic bridge program dvc

Academic Bridge

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

NOW ACCEPTING FALL BRIDGE APPLICATIONS. DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1!

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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 & 2020 Dates and Prices

  • Fall Bridge: October 21, 2019 – December 12, 2019
  • Spring Bridge: March 2, 2020 – April 30, 2020
  • Summer Bridge: June 29, 2020 – August 20, 2020
  • Fall Bridge: October 26 - December 17, 2020

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.

2020 Spring BRIDGE

  • Application Deadline: January 31
  • Mandatory Orientation: February 26 & 27
  • Classes Start: March 2
  • Classes End: April 30
  • Program includes:
    • *English 162 - Language Literature, and Culture (3 units);
    • *Sociology 120 (3 units)

2020 DVC Spring SEMESTER

  • Application deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Classes begin: January 27
  • DVC Spring Break (no classes): Mar. 29 - April 5
  • Classes finish: May 22

2020 SUMMER BRIDGE

  • Application Deadline: May 22
  • Mandatory Orientation: June 25
  • Classes Start: June 29
  • Classes End: August 20
  • Program includes:
    • *English 162 - Language Literature, and Culture (3 units)
    • *Music 110 (3 units)

2020 DVC Summer Session

  • Classes begin: June 15* 
  • Classes finish: July 14*

*subject to change

2020 fall BRIDGE

  • Application Deadline: September 18
  • Mandatory Orientation: October 21 - 22
  • Classes Start: October 26
  • Classes End: December 17
  • Program includes:
    • *English 162 - Language Literature, and Culture (3 units)
    • *Anthropology 130 (3 units)

2021 DVC Spring SEMESTER

  • Application deadline: November 2, 2020
  • Classes begin: January 25*
  • DVC Spring Break (no classes): TBA
  • Classes finish: May 21*

*subject to change

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)
$2790
$1590
$1390

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

Academic Bridge Requirements

Students must complete the 2019 DVC Bridge Application or 2020 DVC Bridge 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 the 2019 DVC Bridge Application or 2020 DVC Bridge Application (and all applicable fees).