Concord, California

educationusa academy dvc

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

Session 2 2019 starts July 15. apply now!

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(Ages 15-18 years old)

IEC@DVC is proud to be one of 14 EducationUSA Academies and the only campus on the West Coast! This fast-paced Academy is a pre-university, academic enrichment program for international teens aged 15-18. Students live with an American homestay family and take classes at DVC and IEC@DVC, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Participants will improve their academic English skills, learn about the higher education system in the US, visit local university campuses, and participate in community service and cultural activities. Our STEAM focus allows participants to explore high tech in the Bay Area; through our specifically designed curriculum, tech company visits and projects.  Many activities and class assignments are devoted to the fascinating world of technology and innovation, inspired by nearby Silicon Valley.


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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
  • Curriculum highlights: interviewing people and debating about the most important innovations in the past 100 years; working in groups to invent a new product, service, or app; learning about how your personality and skill sets can match future jobs; and writing personal statements for college applications.
  • 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: High intermediate to advanced level English
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 Stanford Universiy Campus Tour
Activity 3 Talent Show
Activity 4 Farewell Pizza Party


education academy english classes

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: Overview of the US Education System
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 or future job that fits well with these personal qualities.
WEEK 4: Personal Statements for College Applications
Learn how to write concise, appealing answers to personal insight questions, as used in the UC application.