Concord, California

educationusa academy dvc

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 connects button2Intensive English Program
for International Teens
in the San Francisco Bay Area

UPDATE: The in-person EducationUSA Academy program will resume in 2022. Only the EducationUSA Academy Connects program will be offered in 2021. Click here to visit the EducationUSA Academy Connects program page. If you are only interested in applying to the in-person program in 2022, please complete an inquiry form and we will contact you with exact program dates and application instructions once available.

IEC@DVC Director, Sally Conover, participated in an episode of the US State Department’s Interactive TV program, where she discussed our EducationUSA Academy program. Check out the full episode recording HERE!

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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 specially 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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CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS: Learning about the history of Silicon Valley and tech innovations; working in groups to invent a new product, service, or app; learning about how your personality and skill sets can match potential future jobs, and practice writing personal statements for college applications. 

EducationUSA Academy at IEC@DVC
LOCATION: International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC@DVC),
San Francisco Bay Area, Pleasant Hill, California
Full-time program (22 hours/week). Participants will attend on a tourist (B1/B2) visa. Students from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) may attend on a Visa Waiver. Certain sponsored students may attend on a J-1 visa. Please contact us for more details.
AGE RANGE: 15-18 years
ENGLISH LEVEL: High intermediate to advanced level English (e.g., B2 on the CEFR scale)
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 Friday
8:30 - 11:30 am Academic & Writing Skills Day tour of a college campus or field trip
12:30 - 2:30/3:30 pm Presentation & Communication Skills
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, contact us for details.


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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 Diablo Valley College campus tour
Activity 2 Shopping at a California mall
Activity 3 UC Berkeley Campus Tour
Activity 4 Yosemite National Park adventure
WEEK 2: Activity 1 Volunteer Service Learning Experience
Activity 2 Bowling
Activity 3 Tech company visit
Activity 4 San Francisco City & Alcatraz tour
WEEK 3: Activity 1 Field Trip to California Academy of Science
Activity 2 University of San Francisco campus tour
Activity 3 Bike the Golden Gate Bridge
Activity 4 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park trip
WEEK 4: Activity 1 Volunteer Service Learning Experience
Activity 2 Stanford University campus tour & tech museum visit
Activity 3 Free movie day at the cinema
Activity 4 Farewell lunch party


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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: 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.


  • Apply online -or-
  • Download, print, complete, and mail the Education USA application.
  • For information about applying, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.