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About SMCCCD SVIEP

Mission Statement

SMCCCD's Community, Continuing and Corporate Education division is pleased to offer the Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) in collaboration with Skyline College and Cañada College. SVIEP provides international students, community residents and expatriate professionals and their families with relevant and effective English language instruction and American cultural enrichment for academic, professional and personal purposes. This exciting new program of study in Silicon Valley is for students seeking high-quality, intensive English instruction and the opportunity to attend one of our three colleges upon successful completion of the program. After successfully completing SVIEP level 4, students will be guaranteed admission to one of our three colleges (Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College) and will take an ESL/ESOL Level 4 Exam/Placement to determine appropriate placement.

Our Three Campuses

Cañada College

Cañada College is a community college located in Redwood City, California between the vibrant city of San Francisco and the high-tech city of San Jose. The College offers associate degree programs in a wide range of majors that allow students to transfer to 4-year universities including within the University of California, California State University system, and other California and out-of-state private universities.

Mission: Cañada College provides our community with a learning-centered environment, ensuring that students from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals by providing transfer, career/technical, and basic skills programs, and lifelong learning. The college cultivates in its students the ability to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, reason quantitatively to make analytical judgments, and understand and appreciate different points of view within a diverse community.

Vision: Cañada 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.


Skyline College

Learn. Explore. Inspire. Achieve.

At Skyline College, we believe in your optimism, we are inspired by your passion, and we are driven by a commitment to empower you to achieve your educational goals. Our beautiful campus is home to resources that allow you to make the most of your college experience.

We know that education is a lifelong pursuit, one that begins long before college and continues long after, so the faculty and staff of Skyline College strive to create opportunities for learners at every level, and at every age, that can lower the barriers to higher education.

For over 45 years, Skyline College has transformed a global community of learners, and in turn, you have transformed the world around you for the better. Together, with this commitment in mind, there are no limits to what we can achieve.


College of San Mateo

College of San Mateo is located at the northern corridor of Silicon Valley and situated on a beautiful 153-acre (approx. 619,169 square-meter) site in the San Mateo hills that provides a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay. The college is surrounded by high tech industry giants. To the north in San Francisco you will find Reddit, Instagram, Twitter, and Zynga; in San Mateo County you’ll find companies like Genentech and Oracle; and just south of CSM high tech legends such as Apple, HP, and Facebook call the San Francisco-Bay Area home.

Programs of study: Since 1922, College of San Mateo has been a gateway to higher education leading to university transfer, career preparation and advancement, and professional and personal development. The College currently serves approximately 10,000 day, evening and weekend students. CSM students reflect the diversity of the Bay Area and have a range of educational goals. To best serve our students, the curriculum offers a wealth of programs that include traditional, semester-length and short courses in addition to distance education.