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Diablo Valley College (DVC)

The International Education Center (IEC) [Concord, California]


  • IEC provides students with convenient 8-week sessions of intensive English and academic preparation with conditional admission to Diablo Valley College.
  • Diablo Valley College transfers more students to the University of California, Berkeley than any other college. Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is also available for students wishing to transfer to the University of California, Davis, Irvine, Merced, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.
  • Live in warm, beautiful Pleasant Hill, California, only 30 minutes east of downtown San Francisco.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC@DVC) opened in 2000, and since then has welcomed students from more than 40 countries. IEC works closely with Diablo Valley College, and the English language, homestay and activity programs are carefully designed to prepare international students for successful academic life. The mission of the intensive English language program at the International Education Center is to facilitate the acquisition of English for non-native speakers and to prepare them both linguistically and culturally for academic studies and success at the college and/or university level. IEC provides students with both intensive English and academic preparation with convenient 8-week sessions. Those qualified students interested in enrolling at Diablo Valley College may do so without taking the TOEFL test provided that they complete their chosen IEC program. In addition, students should know that DVC is the number one feeder institution to the University of California at Berkeley and provides pathways to a bachelor’s degree at many other excellent universities.

    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private English School
      Establishment : 2000
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 170
      Average Class Size : 11
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome from the San Francisco Bay area! We look forward to giving you more information about IEC and all the wonderful opportunities here. Students love the sense of family that we develop at IEC. The friendships made while improving English language skills last students for a lifetime and become a support system during academic studies. Come join us!

      Sally Conover, Director
      The International Education Center
      at Diablo Valley College
    • Diablo Valley College
      The International Education Center

      2151 Salvio Street, Suite 210
      Concord, California  94520  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (925) 676-4600
      FAX: +1 (925) 676-4200
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • The school provides students with the opportunity to live in off-campus residences or enjoy a homestay experience. For students who prefer an independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the school environment. The school also arranges homestays for those students who want to experience local culture first-hand as a member of a family and practice their conversational English. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Private off-campus apartments are also available; however students must make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.

    • Surrounding Area
    • The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College is located in Pleasant Hill, California, which is in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area about 30 minutes east of downtown San Francisco by direct train. With a population of around 33,000, Pleasant Hill has a varied landscape with some valleys and rolling hills. The city’s mild climate is Mediterranean-like in that there are cool and wet winters and dry, warm summers. San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and boasts world class museums, restaurants and stores. On the weekends, students are only a few hours away from enjoying great skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, hiking in Yosemite National Park, wine tasting in the famous Napa Valley or surfing in the Pacific Ocean.

    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1949, Diablo Valley College (DVC) in Pleasant Hill, California is a public community college that is located near to Mount Diablo, as well as Berkeley and San Francisco. DVC provides 22,000 full-time and part-time students including more than 1,500 students from 70 countries with a safe, friendly environment conducive to studying. Part of DVC’s mission is to provide students with access to higher education and an affordable pathway to a university degree. Students can choose from over 45 majors and 40 certificate programs. DVC offers an associate degree in arts, associate degree in science, certificate of achievement and transfer programs into four-year universities. Students completing certificates or associate degrees are eligible for Optional Practical Training, a one year work benefit for international students. Providing the first two years of the U.S. bachelor’s degree, DVC has one of the most successful university transfer programs of all Californian community colleges. Students whose goal is to obtain a Bachelor’s degree can take 2 years at DVC and then 2 years at a university to accomplish their goal. Many students who choose to study at DVC may be provided with a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) which would guarantee admission into UC programs in Davis, Irvine, Merced, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. DVC also has transfer agreements with all 23 California State Universities (CSU) including San Francisco State, San Jose State and San Diego State Universities. Tuition at DVC for full-time international students is quite affordable and among the lowest in the United States.

    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the Diablo Valley College (DVC) is available for qualified students who complete the IEC program.

  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English Program at Diablo Valley College’s International Education Center (IEC@DVC) is designed to prepare students for academic success. The program offers 6 levels of intensive English classes for all levels from beginners to advanced learners. Each level is an 8-week session which includes 24 hours of in-class instruction per week. All new IEC students take a placement test during orientation to determine their level of English. During the placement test, students are assessed on their knowledge of reading, writing, speaking, grammar, and listening in English. In addition to intensive English, students are also provided with academic preparation and conditional admission to Diablo Valley College. IEC provides students with many opportunities to practice their English skills in the real world. Weekend trips, volunteer opportunities, academic workshops, and daily activities are organized during the week to highlight and utilize the fun and exciting environment California has to offer.

      Once students reach the advanced level, the program will begin preparing students to succeed at Diablo Valley College or take a bachelor’s or master’s degree program from a top university. Students who complete the highest level of academic ESL at IEC have direct entry into DVC without taking the TOEFL test. 95% of IEC students continue on to DVC or other universities.

      All IEC instructors hold a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), Linguistics or a related field and have taught abroad. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 15 students to ensure a low student to teacher ratio, individual attention, and student success.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 11 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,16,24,32 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 16 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Homestay
      Off-Campus Accomodations
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      8/18 - 10/1310/11 - 12/8

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,200
      16 WEEKS US$ 6,040
      24 WEEKS US$ 8,900
      32 WEEKS US$ 11,420
      8-32 WEEKS US$ 1,750 Per Session N/A US$ 1675-2975 Per Session
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 100 (San Francisco International Airport)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Pleasant Hill, California
    • Location
      Diablo Valley College
      The International Education Center

      2151 Salvio Street, Suite 210 Concord, California  94520  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From San Francisco International Airport:
      IEC arranges airport pick-up service that costs US$ 100 and brings students directly to the school in approximately 45 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.8
      School Environment: 4.5
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 4.5
      Accommodation: 4.2


    • There are 6 reviews for this school

    • Seung Soo Kim
      [ Seoul, Korea, Age 27, Male ]
      8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
      The teachers are great and professional. The school is located near the bus station which is convenient if one needs to commute.
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      Ahmad Alheyrai
      [ Suliloikhat, Kuwait, Male ]
      5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      A Good Idea
      The school is good. I hope that in the future they add a room for prayer. Thank you so much!
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      [ Huizhon, China, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Getting Help
      All the teachers at IEC@DVC are responsible. I could get help from them anytime that I wanted.
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      [ Fukuoka, Japan, Age 19, Male ]
      2 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      They Helped Me a Lot
      All the people at Diablo Valley College are very responsible. They all helped me a lot.
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      [ Shenzhen, China, Female ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      IEC is Good!
      Our school has amazing teachers and they are strict. I appreciate it. I think the environment is good. We have kitchen facilities. The staff is very helpful to us. I think I can learn more English here. I hope all students can realize their dreams.
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      [ Taichung, Taiwan, Female ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      It's Great to Be Here
      I am grateful that IEC helped me to prepare the skills that I would need when I go to college. Thanks to the great academic quality of the program and the nice staff here!
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