Why choose IEC @ DVC? International Education Center At Diablo Valley College prepares you for Diablo Valley College The International Education Center at DVC is a proven program with highly qualified, professional teachers who provide just what you need to succeed, including:
- intensive English and academic preparation, with 8-week sessions
- no TOEFL requirement to enroll at DVC for those who complete the Advanced B English program
- no TOEFL requirement to enroll at DVC for those who complete the Academic Bridge programs
- variety of planned cultural and social activities
- housing coordinator who visits and interviews all homestay families to ensure quality, and assists students with apartment and other housing options
- highly motivated students: 95% continue on to university level
- Diablo Valley College is the number one feeder institution to the University of California at Berkeley for both domestic and international students.
Diablo Valley College (DVC) Founded in 1949, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California is a public community college that sits in the shadow of Mount Diablo, near Berkeley and San Francisco. It provides a safe, friendly environment conducive to studying. Part of DVC’s mission is to provide all members of the community with access to higher education and an affordable pathway to a university degree. Providing the first two years of the U.S. bachelor’s degree, DVC has one of the most successful university transfer programs in California. Four excellent reasons to study at Diablo Valley College (DVC) 1. Excellent Academics: 2 years at DVC + 2 years at a university = Bachelor’s Degree. After studying two years at DVC, students have many options to transfer to a university to complete their bachelor’s degree in only two more years.
- DVC transfers more students to UC Berkeley than any other institution in the USA.
- DVC has Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG) that guarantee international students admission into UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. In addition, DVC has transfer agreements with all the 23 California State Universities which include San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, and San Diego State University.
2. Excellent Value: Starting your Bachelor’s Degree at DVC can save you thousands of dollars compared to starting at a four-year university.
- Tuition at DVC for a full-time international student is approximately $6000 per academic year, which
- is among the lowest tuition fees in the US.
3. Excellent Student Services:
- DVC’s International Students Admissions and Services Office (ISAS) provides student support to assure your stay at DVC is successful as well as enjoyable. ISAS staff offers personal attention to each student through admissions counseling, academic orientation, course registration, immigration, housing, health insurance and employment advising.
- DVC’s English language center, the International Education Center (IEC), offers intensive academic English language programs to prepare you for university studies. Students at IEC are assisted in transferring to DVC, making the process simple and time-effective.
4. Excellent Location: DVC is located in the city of Pleasant Hill in the San Francisco Bay Area in the state of California.
- Pleasant Hill, a suburb of San Francisco, is a city of 34,000 people with a strong sense of community and small-town charm attracting visitors each year.
- Pleasant Hill enjoys a mild climate with almost 300 sunny days per year.
- Pleasant Hill is only 38 minutes by direct train to downtown San Francisco.
- San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and boasts world-class
- museums, restaurants and stores.
On weekends, you are no more than a few hours 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. Programs Offered: 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. Start Dates: August (fall semester) or January (spring semester). Application deadlines: fall semester: June 1 / spring semester: November 1 Accreditation: DVC is a public community college and is accredited by the Community Colleges Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as an entity that provides a quality higher education to American as well as international students. The number of students: Approximately 20,000 full-time and part-time students Number of international students: More than 1,500 students from 68 countries Student activities: DVC has over 30 student clubs representing a wide range of interests from theatre, dance, music, orchestra, public speaking, business to student government. For students interested in athletics, DVC provides 13 collegiate level sports for men and women, such as baseball, basketball, American football, tennis, swimming and water polo. Students are also encouraged to enroll in various physical education courses including dance, aquatics, bowling, golf, soccer, and volleyball just to name a few. Housing: International students have several options for living accommodations. Students can choose to live in a homestay with an American family, in a private apartment within walking distance of the campus, or to arrange their own housing. Homestay accommodations are managed by Diablo Valley Homestay and more information on how to apply can be on their website: http://www.diablovalleyhomestay.com/ Apartment accommodations are managed by Residence Residential Services and students can apply online through their website: http://www.rexidence.com More information regarding housing is available at http://www.dvc.edu/international/resources/housing.htm Medical Insurance: All F-1 visa international students are required to purchase medical insurance from DVC each semester. Medical insurance is added to the cost of tuition and must be paid within the first two weeks of the semester. DVC Admission Requirements: To be eligible to apply to DVC, you must have achieved the equivalent of a US high school diploma and be at least 16 years of age. Students whose native language is not English or who did not graduate from an English-medium high school must also provide proof of English proficiency. DVC accepts completion of IEC Advanced B level, TOEFL (500 PBT or 61 IBT), ITEP 4, or the IELTS with a minimum score of 5.5 for admission. *PBT TOEFL tests must be taken inside the U.S. International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC) The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC) opened in 2000, and since then has welcomed students from more than 40 countries. The International Education Center offers intensive English, academic preparation and conditional admission to Diablo Valley College (DVC); the number one transfer community college to UC Berkeley! The IEC offers 6 different levels of academic ESL and has 6 sessions per year that are each 8 weeks long. In addition, IEC teams with DVC to offer 3 academic bridge programs per year. Upon completion of the highest level of English, 95% of IEC students continue their education at Diablo Valley College and other colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Through the transfer program, students can complete the first two years of bachelor degree study and then transfer to a number of University of California campuses, California State University campuses, private or out-of-state universities. Four excellent reasons to study English at the International Education Center (IEC) Excellent Academics:
- Class sizes are small with a maximum of 15 students to ensure low student to teacher ratio, individual
- attention, and student success.
- Highly skilled instructors all holding a Master's Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL),
- Linguistics or a related field and have taught abroad.
- Highly motivated students: 95% of IEC students continue on to DVC or other universities.
- Simple admission requirements: IEC application, application fee, and bank statement.
- No TOEFL is required to transfer to DVC. Students who complete the highest level of academic ESL at IEC have direct entry into DVC without taking the TOEFL.
- Multiple start dates and programs per year: 1) 8 week Academic English Program 2) 6-7 week Academic Bridge Programs through DVC
- 6 start dates for Academic ESL, 3 start dates from Bridge programs resulting in no “down time” waiting for a semester to begin.
Excellent Student Services:
- Many organized activities as well as volunteer and community service opportunities.
- Weekly workshops and student advising such as homework help, DVC transfer, bridge program information sessions, and academic counseling.
- Access to DVC Library, computer labs, and bookstore discounts.
- IEC is located just across the street from DVC and classes are held on both the DVC campus and IEC
- Walking distance to bus transit center providing quick and easy travel to and from IEC and DVC campuses
- and train station to San Francisco.
Student activities: IEC provides students with many opportunities to practice their English skills in the real world. Weekend excursions, volunteer opportunities, academic workshops, and daily activities are organized 3 – 5 times per week to highlight and utilize the fun and exciting environment California has to offer. From snow-ski trips to Friday homework help, university campus tours to homeless shelter volunteering, IEC’s activities are so much more than fun field trips. We encourage students to join activities not only to broaden their study-abroad experience but to practice English and get to know their surroundings as well as their classmates. Some of these activities are free of charge however, some require an additional payment. Housing: International students have several options for living accommodations. Students can choose to live in a homestay with an American family, in a private apartment within walking distance of the campus, or they may arrange their own housing. Homestay accommodations are arranged and managed by Diablo Valley Homestay. Instructions on how to apply can be on their website: http://www.diablovalleyhomestay.com/ Apartment accommodations are arranged and managed by Residence Residential Services and students may apply online through their website: http://www.rexidence.com More information regarding housing is available at http://www.iec-dvc.org/housing/ Medical Insurance: All F-1 visa international students are required to purchase medical insurance from IEC at the beginning of each session. IEC only accepts medical insurance waivers from F-1 visa international students study Placement: 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. IEC does not offer courses for absolute beginners of English language learning. Prospective IEC students should have basic spelling skills, be able to write sentences, and be able to read and understand simple paragraphs. While students without these skills may still attend IEC, they may be asked to hire a personal tutor and repeat the foundation level class until these skills are mastered.
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