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IEC@DVC will permanently close at the end of the current session (August 23-October 13, 2021).
Please contact our sister program IEC@OCC for programs

EducationUSA Academy Connects

California Dreamin’ and Higher Ed

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(Applicants must be 15 - 18 years old at the start of the program)

During the EducationUSA Academy Connects program, you will:

  • Improve your language and critical thinking skills through the exploration of the Bay Area tech culture and spirit of innovation. 
  • Expand your knowledge of different educational opportunities through 4 virtual campus tours (Diablo Valley College, UC Berkeley, Stanford, San Francisco State University) followed by interactive workshops with college counselors and admissions experts. 
  • Create contacts and gain insights through interactive sessions with guest speakers (technology experts), high school groups, and college clubs.


The EducationUSA Academy Connects program will be offered in 2 sessions in 2021:

Session Dates Times
Option 1
July 5 - 23 9:00 - 10:30 AM
California Time
Option 2
July 26 - August 13 6:00 - 7:30 PM
California Time


EducationUSA Academy Connects - General Information

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EducationUSA Academy Connects at Diablo Valley College


Online, Synchronous classes using Zoom. Teachers are located at the International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC@DVC), San Francisco Bay Area, Pleasant Hill, California.


Stable wifi connection, computer with webcam, and microphone.


Classes will be 1.5 hours/day, taught 2 times per week

Option 1: July 5 – July 23, 9:00 – 10:30 AM California Time
Option 2: July 26 – August 13, 6:00 – 7:30 PM California Time


15 - 18 years


High intermediate to advanced (e.g., B1 on the CEFR scale or higher). Applicants should ask their high school English teacher to complete this English proficiency verification form


Students will interact with U.S. high school students, current Diablo Valley College students, and DVC and UC Berkeley alumni in interactive online workshops.


USD $450 per student



  • Four Virtual Campus Tours: Diablo Valley College, UC Berkeley, Stanford University.
  • Two workshops on the U.S. higher education system, including explaining the different types of institutions in the US, selecting majors, and flexibility within the system.
  • Participants will earn a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the program.
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Payment/Refund policy: 
  • Payment of program costs is due two (2) weeks before the start of your program:
    • Summer Session 1:  payment due by June 21, 2021
    • Summer Session 2: payment due by July 12, 2021
  • Refund policy: applicants who notify IEC of their desire to withdraw from the program by the first day of class will be issued a full refund of program costs, minus a $50 processing fee.