Active Communication in English (ACE)

Enjoy university campus life and improve your English skills in vibrant Silicon Valley.



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QuoteI really appreciate  my teachers. They  are knowledgeable  and patient, so I had  no fear to talk.

 ACE gave me a  chance to  communicate with  other native  speakers.Quote
 Carolyn from Taiwan
 2015 ACE Student

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QuoteI think everything  with my English has  improved!

 Now I have friends  from  other countries  like  Japan, Taiwan,  China, Italy,  Vietnam.Quote
 Jin from Korea
 2014 ACE Student
Jin Photo

Students at Golden Gate Bridge


Program Overview:

  • Increase your fluency in English through a fun 4-week program.
  • 18 hours of classroom instruction per week plus field trips every Friday.
  • Weekly trips allow students to practice English and immerse in American culture.
  • Learn with students from around the world!
  • Courses may include Exploring Silicon Valley culture, Professional presentation Skills, American English Pronunciation, Slang and Idioms, Hot topics focusing on discussions
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in a Conversation Club
  • Optional weekly sports games of soccer, badminton, volleyball, or Frisbee in the late afternoon.
  • Students with passing grades receive a "Certificate of Completion" at the end of their term.
  • Students can opt for On-Campus Summer Conference housing, a home-stay or find accommodation on their own. To find out the rates and how to apply for Summer
    Conference housing or home-stay during the ACE Program please email us at


Students at Santa Cruz Beach


Weekly Excursions

  • Fun excursions through the Bay Area on Fridays.
  • Planned trips to San Francisco, Pier 39, Stanford, Great America and the Intel Museum.

Sample Class Schedule (PDF)

Students in forest


Applicant must be 18 years of age or older to apply for our program. There are two ways to apply, as a group and as an individual. If you are applying as a group, please email for more instructions.

All groups will be processed for F-1 Visas. Individual applicants may be F-1 visa holders or in a visa category that allows study. Please email if you have any questions about this.

More Admission Details

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If you have any questions, please email