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Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP)

Intensive English, Academic English, Global Business English and SVIEP Online [Redwood City, California]


  • TOEFL / IELTS scores are NOT required for admission. SVIEP Online ( )
  • Guaranteed college admission after completing Level 4
  • Small classes with personal attention from experienced instructors with Master’s in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, and related fields
  • Information
    • About the ESL 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).

      Students take classes in college classrooms with instructors who have a Master’s degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics and related fields from the finest American universities; a number of whom are also English as a Second Language (ESL) college instructors. Instructors will get you acquainted with the American college system while helping you to hone your English skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar. In no time, you will be ready for college-level English and transition smoothly to the academic program!

      Visit SVIEP at
      For more about SVIEP Online Classes:
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public Community Colleges
      Establishment : 2015
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / WASC, ACCJC
      Enrollment : 25
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from SVIEP in Silicon Valley!

      Have you considered improving your English so you can attend college in the United States? On behalf of the Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) of the San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley, I am excited to share with you how SVIEP can help you achieve your dreams!

      SVIEP Benefits for Students

      1. SVIEP Offers an Accelerated Pathway to English Proficiency.
      a. SVIEP offers five start dates per year in January, March, June, August, and October.
      b. Each session is 8 weeks long and offers 4 levels of instruction per session.

      2. SVIEP Provides Guaranteed Admission to San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley
      a. Guaranteed admission to Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline College for students who successfully complete SVIEP Level 4!
      b. Since our launch in Fall 2016, 90% of SVIEP graduates have chosen to matriculate into our three colleges!
      c. See our pathway banner below for your pathway to success!

      3. SVIEP Accepts Students Age 16 and Older
      a. SVIEP accepts students who are 16 years old with High School diploma or HS Equivalency. Students 18 years or older may provide HS diploma or transcripts.
      i. 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 may submit their exam results for acceptance as a High School equivalency.

      For more about SVIEP Online Classes:

      Jonathan Bissell
      Executive Director
      Community, Continuing and Corporate Education
      San Mateo County Community College District
    • Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP)

      4200 Farm Hill Blvd.
      Redwood City, California  94061-1099  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (650) 381-3515
      FAX: +1 (650) 574-6104
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • SVIEP provides students with the opportunity to enjoy a homestay experience. The homestay option is ideal 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, email to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Situated on the San Francisco Peninsula in the heart of Silicon Valley, Redwood City is one of the largest cities in the County of San Mateo with over 85,000 residents. The city’s slogan, “Climate Best by Government Test”, is testament to its numerous sunny days, an average of 255 days per year. On top of its beautiful weather, Redwood City is an excellent place to live, study and play because of the area’s historical sites, parks, and location. From walking a trail in the reborn redwood forest on the Phleger Estate, exploring history at the San Mateo County History Museum or at Filoli, a historical country house and garden, to enjoying live performances at Fox Theatre, you can be sure to always have something to do. Not only is the city home to numerous technological companies such as Oracle, Evernote, and Electronic Arts, it is also only a 50-minute trip to downtown San Francisco by car or train.
    • About the College/University
    • Cañada College

      For 50 years, Cañada College has provided enriching and life-changing educational opportunities for the residents of San Mateo County. With the support and guidance from award-winning faculty and staff, residents can pursue certificates and degrees for career training or to serve as a transfer gateway to four-year colleges and universities. Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cañada College offers hundreds of day, evening, and weekend courses in more than 40 quality instructional programs, including sciences, business, multimedia, medical assisting, the arts, and technical training. The College also provides extensive basic skills training and innovative student support services in counseling, orientation, certificate and degree planning, transfer assistance, and tutoring.

      Cañada College provides the community with a learning-centered environment, ensuring that all students have equitable opportunities to achieve their transfer, career education, and lifelong learning educational goals. The college cultivates in its students the ability to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, reason quantitatively, and understand and appreciate different points of view within a diverse community. The College is committed to being a preeminent institution of learning, renowned for its quality of academic life, its diverse culture and practice of personal support and development, extraordinary student success, and its dynamic, innovative programs that prepare students for the university, the modern workplace, and the global community.

      San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

      San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley includes three different colleges all in the San Francisco Bay Area. Choose the one that is the right fit for you!

      Associate Degrees, Transfer and Certificate Programs

      San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley offer Associate Degrees, Transfer Programs and short-term Certificate Programs. Associate Degrees and Transfer Programs typically take two years to finish as students need to complete all necessary graduation and/or transfer requirements (up to 60 degree applicable units/credits) with a required Grade Point Average (GPA). Cañada College and Skyline College offer admission to short-term certificate programs. Contact the college directly for more information on the majors and certificate programs.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Guaranteed admission is available to the colleges in the district, Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program / SVIEP Online

    • Overview
    • In this Intensive English Program, students take 4 hours of academic classes a day, 5 days a week. You begin with Reading, Listening & Speaking class, in which your instructor will hone your reading skills by teaching you how to use critical reading strategies, develop your listening skills by exposing you to different types of accents and topics, and refine your speaking skills by providing you with lots of practice in both formal and informal settings. In this class, you will also develop word attack and note-taking skills.

      In the second half of the day, you work on your writing and grammar skills in Writing & Grammar class. Grammar covers all the basic tenses (Past, Present, and Future) along with gerunds, infinitives, phrasal verbs, adjective clauses, modals, the passive, conditionals, indirect speech and embedded questions. Depending on your level, you should expect to begin with the basics before progressing to increasingly more difficult grammar. In writing, you will learn how to develop your writing skills from sentence writing to paragraph writing and finally, to essay writing. In Level 4, you will learn to put together a 5-paragraph essay by brainstorming ideas, outlining your essay, drafting, peer and self-editing, and redrafting. The essay types covered include but are not limited to compare/contrast, cause and effect, persuasive/argumentative, and descriptive/narrative. The culminating essay for Level 4 is a research paper.
      Above and beyond your academic classes, two hours a week of instruction will be dedicated to American Culture classes, where you will learn about important customs, behaviors and topics related to living in the United States and developing positive relationships with Americans.

      ONLINE SVIEP (Live, Instructor-Led Online Classes)

      Without leaving your country, Online SVIEP enables you to participate in live, instructor-led online classes taught by master's level teachers. Online SVIEP continues our mission of preparing students for college or career development through accelerated learning in small classes with personalized attention. Currently, we are piloting the following online programs:

      For more about SVIEP Online Classes:
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,12,16,24,32 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Homestay
    • Dates
    • 2021
      4 WEEKS:
      6/14 - 7/87/12 - 8/5

      8 WEEKS:
      6/14 - 8/5

    • Costs
      US$ 50
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      8-12 WEEKS US$ 1,995 (Online Rate)
      16 WEEKS US$ 4,495
      24 WEEKS US$ 6,995
      32 WEEKS US$ 9,490
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,000 N/A N/A
      16 WEEKS US$ 6,000 N/A N/A
      24 WEEKS US$ 9,000 N/A N/A
      32 WEEKS US$ 11,928 N/A N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged (Taxi, Bus or Car Service)
      Tuition Deposit
      US$ 500
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay fees include meals.
      US$ 500 Deposit Required once application is submitted.

      (Please check that you have the following in order to ensure success in filling out the Application Form and uploading your documents.)

      1. You are at least 16 years old with a High School diploma or HS Equivalency* OR 18 years old with High School Diploma or transcripts. *(For students from China using our high school equivalency option, be sure to upload your completed High School Equivalency Form.)
      2. You have a completed Financial Statement PDF.
      3. You have a passport photo. It must be JPG format.
      4. You have a digital scan (PDF) of your passport information.
      5. If you took the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson test, You have an unofficial copy of your results (in PDF format). Not required.
      6. You have PDF copies of your most recent official school transcripts.
  • Location
    • United States Redwood City, California
    • Location
      Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP)

      4200 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City, California  94061-1099  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From San Francisco International Airport:
      It is the students’ responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$ 25 and will arrive on campus in 20 minutes.
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