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Diversity, English, and Academics: IEC@DVC’s Education USA Academy for Teens!

May 29, 2017

With IEC@DVC’s Summer Teen Program in the United States, students have the opportunity to make friends from around the world, improve their English through IEC@DVC classes, practice English through contact with their host families, see beautiful California with IEC@DVC’s activities, and tour college campuses. The program is a perfect opportunity to learn English and see what life is like for college students in the U.S.!

Education USA Academy at IEC@DVC

Program Details


This is a full-time Summer Program (24 hours/week of classes) for 15-17 year old students. Intermediate and Advanced level English classes are available (there are no classes for absolute beginners). English classes are at the International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC@DVC), which is located in Pleasant Hill, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area).

Program Dates

Students arrive on Saturday, July 15, 2017
Classes and Orientation are on Monday, July 17, 2017
Students leave on Saturday, August 12, 2017


Students stay with an American host family (one or two students will be in each household). IEC@DVC works with the private company Diablo Valley Homestay to place the students in host families that are qualified and welcoming. Download the homestay application for more information on the homestay process.


The total cost for the IEC@DVC and Education USA Academy is USD $4500 per student. This price includes all application fees, tuition, health insurance, homestay placement and fees, and all meals, books, activities and airport pick-up and drop-off. The price does not include airfare or personal expenses.

“The best thing in DVC was the host family. It was like my second family and my mother was like my second mom.” -Ahmed, Yemen

“This experience of live [life] with another family has been amazing. I have done a lot of things with them. My homestay, they are so funny. I have a good, an excellent time with them. I enjoyed cooking with them, see movies with them, singing songs with them, helping them in the farmers market. I have excellent memories with them. I love how they were together like a family and they tell me lot of stories about them.” -Keyla, Honduras


The student schedule is as follows:

  • Reading, Writing, and Grammar classes: 8:30-11:30 Monday through Thursday
  • Listening and Speaking: 12:30-2:30/3:30 on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Class + Cultural Activities: 8:30 – 12:30 on Friday

Academic Workshops

IEC@DVC works with former DVC international student counselor Mark Isham to provide students free Academic Planning and Training (APT) workshops and individual counseling. The APT series is offered to students each week.

Here is a sample of the Academic Workshops schedule for students.

WEEK 1: The College Degree: More than just a piece of paper!
Students learn the requirements for completing a US associate’s and bachelor’s degree.
WEEK 2: General Education and Transfer
Students learn about general education requirements used by the community colleges to transfer to a UC, CSU or private university.
WEEK 3: Choosing a Major that Fits YOU!
Learn how to asses your values, interests, personality, and skills in order to choose a major that fits well with these personal qualities.
WEEK 4: How to Make a Good Educational Plan
Be prepared! Students learn how make an education plan to save time and money and to stay on track with educational goals. Students also learn about the UC Transfer Admission Guarantee, or TAG program.

Additional potential workshops may include “How to write a personal statement,” “Application guidelines and tips,” and “Differences between 2 year, 4 year and private institutions in the US.”

“I would recommend this program . . . if I have not selected my career yet. This program helps me to select . . . it shows me what I have to focus or what are the main topics to choose my major. This program helped me a lot because they know what we have to do in our college. If you do not like what is your major if you are not going to do it in right way. Choose the major is really important.” -Jose, Ecuador



An important part of the IEC@DVC and Education USA Academy experience takes place outside of the classroom: the program includes 3-5 excursions per week to local college campuses and popular Bay Area sights. After class, students see what beautiful Northern California has to offer!

Take a look at the sample Activities Calendar for 2017 for an idea of the activities offered to students.

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 Sciences
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 St. Mary’s College Campus Tour
Activity 3 Farewell Sushi Party
Activity 4 UC Davis Campus Tour & Shopping at the Outlets

“This program gave us the opportunity to visit some of the college campuses in California; I have visited Diablo Valley College, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s College . . . during our visits we’ve met a lot of very interesting people who are or were students of these great colleges, and thanks to this experience I realized that it is possible to enter US colleges and almost every goal is achievable.” -Veronika, Russia

“The best part of the programs is IEC activities because we have a lot of activities each day and you can see how is people’s life or you can meet some different people.” -Zehra, Turkey


Program Diversity

IEC@DVC’s Education USA classes are an incredible mix of students from around the world! In 2016, the program included students from many different countries, including Ecuador, Honduras, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, and Yemen!

“My favorite part of the program . . . has been meeting new people. I learned about cultures and that is amazing. I have met new friends around the world like Dubai, Turkey, Russia, Honduras, and Korea. It helped me to be a better person, friend, and critical think[er].” -Emilia, Honduras

For more information about this incredible program, contact IEC@DVC.

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