Intensive English at Mission College

International Students at study.

Welcome to our intensive English program!

updated January 2014

e-mail: iis@wvm.edu phone: 408-855-5110

Mission College is unique because many community colleges do not have their own intensive English language programs. However, we do. It is called "the Institute for International Studies," or "IIS." Since 1997, it has provided high-quality intensive English instruction to international students who need to improve their proficiency to enter Mission College or West Valley College, our sister school. Students who simply wish to improve their English skills are also welcome. All IIS classes are held on the College's campus, and students enjoy the same privileges as all Mission College students.

 

The features of IIS include:

  1. 5 admission dates per year (January, March, May, August and October),
  2. 8-week or 16-week sessions, 10-week summer session
  3. 20 hours a week of instruction with all skill areas taught,
  4. 6 hours a week of lab work in the state-of-the art language laboratory,
  5. Instructors who hold Master's Degrees and have many years of experience,
  6. 4-proficiency levels focusing on college preparation,
  7. Dual admission to the intensive program and the degree program, so students are assured they can begin college studies after meeting the language requirement,
  8. A no-TOEFL Mission College admission option available to students who successfully complete our highest level,
  9. Small classes with personal attention from instructors,
  10. Orientation to and preparation for the transition to full-time college studies,
  11. Full-time, full-service office that offers all admissions, advising and counseling support,
  12. Cross-cultural activities, field trips, clubs and more.
IIS Mission Statement

The Institute for International Studies (IIS) provides high quality ESL instruction, cross-cultural activities, and support services for international students who would like to improve their English for college preparation or other personal and professional goals. IIS offers an innovative learning environment conducive to building academic, cultural, and language skills necessary for success in American college and professional settings.

Admission Requirements for Intensive English

New students should:

  1. Be at least 17½ years old and graduate from high school before they attend,
  2. Have at least a 2.8 grade point average from high school or other colleges attended,
  3. No TOEFL or IELTS score required.
Brief Details: Tuition and Fees for Intensive English Program

 ***ATTENTION:  Starting Fall 2014 (August), tuition will increase to $2,600 for 8 weeks and $4,600 for 16 weeks.***

Duration

8 weeks*

16 weeks*

Tuition

$2,250

$4,000

Application Fee

$600**

$600**

Health Insurance, housing, books, etc. Estimate based on 12- month stay.

$16,750 approximately***

$15,000 approximately***

Estimated Total and the amount required on financial statements in order to receive admission and travel documents.

$19,000/year

$19,000/year

*Students may register for 8 or 16 weeks; however, expenses are calculated on a 12-month stay regardless of the length of stay in the program. $19,000 is an estimate for one year. Students may spend more or less than that amount.

**$100 is a non-refundable application fee. $500 is a deposit that is applied to your tuition and is refundable if you cancel at least 2 weeks before the start of the term.

***Mission College does not have on-campus housing. Therefore, the cost of housing will differ and depends on what kind of housing arrangement each student chooses. Note that the San Francisco Bay Area’s cost of living is higher than that of other areas in the United States.


Brief Details: Program Dates

 

Program Start Date

Application Deadline for students who are outside the U.S. (In-country students: Check our application on this website for special dates.)

Spring 2 Session, 2014

Begins March 11, still accepting transfer applications only.

Summer 2014, Open to new and transfer students

Application deadlines:  March 19, 2014 (outside U.S.)

May 13, 2014 (transfer applicants inside U.S.)

Fall 2014, Open to new and transfer students

Applications deadlines:  June 17, 2014 (outside U.S.)

August 12, 2014 (transfer applicants inside U.S.)

Program Start Date Application Deadline for students who are outside the U.S. (In-country students: Check our application on this website for special dates.) For full details, including deadlines, start dates, and application procedures, please see our application. It is available on our website or on paper in this office.

Housing Information

Mission College does not have any on-campus housing. Also, it does not have a Housing Coordinator. The International Student Center suggests that new students choose a homestay at least until they become familiar with this area. Host families can also provide airport pick-up at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Contact ISP Homestays directly at: www.isphomestays.com We do not recommend using a website to find an off-campus apartment because new students are not familiar with the neighborhoods in this area. Also, the advertised prices do not include electricity, internet, rental deposits, etc. Students who have additional housing questions should contact the office at: iis@wvm.edu