Silicon Valley Culture and Communication

Explore Silicon Valley

Learn English. Have Fun. Explore Silicon Valley.

Come join us for this exciting 3-week program. Our classes are a fun and active way to learn about the culture of Silicon Valley and the United States. This program also offers many activities and fieldtrips to let you explore the innovation capital of the world. If you want to improve your English in Silicon Valley, while having fun and making new friends, then this program is for you!

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Sample Schedule

*This is an example schedule.  Actual student schedule may be different.

Classes are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1 Welcome and Orientation Classes Classes Classes Visit Google, Facebook, and San Francisco
Intel Museum: Journey through Decades of Innovation Livermore Premium Shopping Outlets Conversation Time with Americans
BBQ with Americans
   
Week 2 Classes Classes Classes Classes Visit Santa Cruz Beach

Conversation Time with Americans 

 

Instagram Scavenger Hunt through Downtown San Jose  Stanford University and Stanford Shopping Center  Conversation Time with Americans
On-Campus Bowling Party San Pedro Square Market
           
Week 3 Classes Classes Classes Classes Closing Ceremony and Goodbye Party
Public Art Walk through San Jose Conversation Time with Americans

Great America Amusement Park

(optional)

Conversation Time with Americans
Tech Museum of Innovation Food Truck Dinner Party

 

Class Descriptions

*Each of the following classes is held two days a week in the morning.

Life in Silicon Valley

Learn about the innovative culture of Silicon Valley.

American Culture and Society

Learn about America’s diverse culture and society. 

Speaking with Confidence 

Improve your ability to understand and be understood by native speakers of English. 

Tech News 

Learn about technology and innovations that will change the future.

Program Highlights

  • 12 hours of morning classes AND 20 hours of afternoon activities every week
  • Tours of famous Silicon Valley companies, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook
  • Field trips to local destinations such as San Francisco and Santa Cruz Beach 
  • Optional weekend trips to Los Angeles, Disneyland and Yosemite National Park
  • See more fun things to do on our Student Activities page
  • Choose from many housing options including on campus dormitories and homestays with American families

 

Who can apply?

  • No student visa required
  • People with many different visas and immigration status can apply
  • Anyone 16 years or older can apply
  • Recommended for high-beginner to advanced levels of English

 

When is the program?

July 8-26, 2019

 

When is the application deadline?

June 3, 2019

 

How much is the program?

  • Tuition is USD $1,900.00 (includes all classes and activities, class materials, local field trips, tickets to museums and an unlimited transportation pass).  Housing is not included in the tuition cost.
  • Application fee is USD $150.00 

 

What is your refund policy?

Please visit our Tuition Refund Policy page for details.

 

Do I need health insurance?

SVCC participants are strongly encouraged to have health insurance coverage during their entire stay in the United States. 

 

Participants with a valid nonimmigrant visa status may enroll in a one-month health insurance plan that is offered through our program. For more information regarding the university-approved health insurance plan, please email igateways@sjsu.edu