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Silicon Valley Intensive English Program

The Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) is an exciting program of study for students seeking high-quality English language preparation for college. Students who successfully complete SVIEP Level 4 are guaranteed admission into the San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley (Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College).



Eligibility | Admission Requirements | Program Dates | Program Details | Cost Breakdown | Homestay Options | Scholarship | Application | Contact Us


This program is a good fit for students who do not have a TOEFL/IELTS score or a score lower than TOEFL iBT 49 or IELTS 4.5  


  Admission Requirements

  • TOEFL/IELTS scores are NOT required for admission!
  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old
  • Bank verification of funds
  • Valid passport


  • High school diploma or high school equivalency*
    • Students in China who complete grade 11 and are 16 or 17 years of age may be eligible for admission under our high school equivalency option (download and print  ), which requires the signature of the high school administrator or a government authority.
    • *Students who have completed the Cambridge O Levels or the IGCSE with successful completion of at least 5 courses in the O level with an IGCSE certificate. We must see examination results before we can accept it as a High School equivalency.
  • A Minor Consent Form   along with the application. Students must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the semester for which they apply and must have a guardian that lives within 75 miles of Cañada College.
    • The guardian can be a homestay, family member or family friend, and the student’s guardian must be at least 21 years old.
  • One of the following in PDF format:
    • An official copy of your high school transcripts
    • Most recent English language program transcripts
    • Most recent college or university transcripts if you attended college or university
    • A high school or college/university diploma
  • Report all college course work previously taken. Transcripts or diplomas should be in PDF format and in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. If the school was a college, university or high school within the US, official transcripts should be sent directly from the awarding institution to SVIEP. If you request an official transcript to be sent to SVIEP from your institution, have them send it to:

Silicon Valley Intensive English Program
Building 3-103
4200 Farm Hill Blvd.
Redwood City, CA 94061


Program Dates

Program Duration Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer-1 2021 4 weeks Jun 14, 2021 Jul 8, 2021 International F-1: N/A
Local Transfer: Jun 7, 2021
Summer-2 2021 4 weeks Jul 12, 2021 Aug 5, 2021 International F-1: N/A
Local Transfer: Jul 6, 2021
Fall A-1 2021 4 weeks Aug 18, 2021 Sep 14, 2021 International F-1: Jul. 23, 2021
Local Transfer: Aug 11, 2021
Fall A-2 2021 4 weeks Sep 15, 2021 Oct 12, 2021 International F-1: Aug 20, 2021
Local Transfer: Sep 8, 2021
Fall B-1 2021 4 weeks Oct 18, 2021 Nov 11, 2021 International F-1: Sep 24, 2021
Local Transfer: Oct 11, 2021
Fall B-2 2021 4 weeks Nov 15, 2021 Dec 16, 2021

International F-1: Oct 22, 2021
Local Transfer: Nov 8, 2021

Spring A-1 2022 4 weeks Jan 18, 2022 Feb 14, 2022

International F-1: Dec 16, 2021
Local Transfer:  Jan 11, 2022

Spring A-2 2022 4 weeks Feb 15, 2022 Mar 10, 2022

International F-1: Jan 21, 2022
Local Transfer: Feb 8, 2022

Spring B-1 2022 4 weeks Mar 14, 2022 Apr 14, 2022

International F-1: Feb 18, 2022
Local Transfer: Mar 7, 2022

Spring B-2 2022 4 weeks Apr 18, 2022 May 12, 2022

International F-1: Mar 25, 2022
Local Transfer: Apr 11, 2022


Program Details

  • Guaranteed admission to San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley after completing Level 4.
  • 22 hours of instruction per week in Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Grammar, and American Culture.
  • Small classes with personal attention from experienced instructors with Master’s in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, and related fields.
  • Preparation for transition to one of the San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley.
  • Access to health center, library, student support services, student clubs, cross-cultural activities, and visits to local universities and attractions.


Cost Breakdown


4 weeks

(summer only)

8 weeks 16 weeks 24 weeks 32 weeks
Tuition (minus $50 deposit) $1,450 $2,995 $4,995 $7,990 $9,990
** Health Insurance, Housing, Books, ID $2,100 $4,327 $8,005 $12,332 $16,010
Estimated TOTAL $3,550 $7,322 USD $13,000 USD $20,322 USD $26,000 USD

**F-1 students are required to purchase SMCCCD health insurance (price is subject to change).

Homestay Options

Like most Community College-based Intensive English Programs, SVIEP does not have on-campus dormitories and does not directly arrange housing for students. However, SVIEP does provide information regarding private and independently-owned housing options (see below) and recommends that students stay in homestays.



International Student Placement (ISP) has successfully placed thousands of international students with host families in the San Francisco Bay Area. They place each student in a living situation where they will feel comfortable and secure. ISP hosts are personally interviewed in their home, screened, and selected for the program. Host homes are located within a reasonable distance to the student's school, typically within a 5-mile radius. Hosts are a variety of families and come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds that matches the interest and needs of international students. ISP provides support during the student's stay, and airport pick up (for a fee). 

Homestay Information    Homestay Application  


 Short-term Temporary Housing

  • Cañada College is located 15 minutes from downtown Redwood City and is accessible by SamTrans Bus #274. View a listing of hotels   located in downtown Redwood City.
  • The Cañada College Housing Board allows students and community members to list available rooms for rent or students seeking roommates. Other housing resources can also be found on the Housing Board that is located next to the Center for Student Life & Leadership Development in Building 5, Room 354. View the Housing Board website and request to add a listing.


New students should plan to arrange for their housing prior to arrival. New students should also plan to arrive at least two weeks before registration. Early arrival is necessary to provide adequate time to adjust and become familiar with the area.



SVIEP students are only eligible to apply for The Global Beca International Student Scholarship after they have completed the program and are admitted to one of the San Mateo College of Silicon Valley.



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SMCCCD SVIEP at Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94061
+1 650-381-3514