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).
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
- TOEFL/IELTS scores are NOT required for admission!
- Applicants must be at least 16 years old
- Bank verification of funds
- Valid passport
|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
|Spring A-1 2022||4 weeks||Jan 18, 2022||Feb 14, 2022||
International F-1: Dec 16, 2021
|Spring A-2 2022||4 weeks||Feb 15, 2022||Mar 10, 2022||
International F-1: Jan 21, 2022
|Spring B-1 2022||4 weeks||Mar 14, 2022||Apr 14, 2022||
International F-1: Feb 18, 2022
|Spring B-2 2022||4 weeks||Apr 18, 2022||May 12, 2022||
International F-1: Mar 25, 2022
- 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.
|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).
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).
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.
For more information, questions or feedback, please fill out this Form.
SMCCCD SVIEP at Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94061