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Visa Information

Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students in the F-1 visa category. To be eligible to enter the US in F-1 student status, you must meet the admission requirements of the Silicon Valley Intensive English Program. Completing the following steps allows you to meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security for the issuance of a SEVIS Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility to Nonimmigrant Student. The SEVIS Form I-20 permits you to apply at a US Embassy for an F-1 Student Visa and enter the US in F-1 student status.

Application Steps

Requirements for applicants 18 years of age or older

To be eligible to apply for SVIEP, applicants must be at least 18 years of age OR have achieved the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. Applicants must meet all the following criteria to be considered for the SVIEP program:

  • Submit a copy of the applicant’s high school transcript(s). All high school transcripts must be an official translation.
  • Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 on their high school transcripts.

Requirements for applicants under 18 years of age

For applicants who are at least 16 years of age (and under 18) AND have achieved the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma. Applicants’ must meet all the following criteria to be considered for the SVIEP program:

  • Submit a copy of their high school transcript(s). All high school transcripts must be an official translation.
  • Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 on their high school transcripts.
  • Submit a Minor Consent form with their application.
  • Students must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the semester for which they apply and must have a guardian that lives within 75 miles of the main campus of Skyline College or Cañada College. The guardian can be a family member, family friend, or homestay. The applicant’s guardian must be at least 21 years old.

* Fulfilling all the above requirements does not guarantee admission for our program. Students seeking future enrollment in a four-year institution may be required to have the equivalent of a high school diploma.

*Please note the following: $50.00 Application Fee is non-refundable (must be included to complete the application); $500 serves as a deposit applied to tuition (due after visa is approved); full tuition is due upon arrival (assessment results will determine your level and tuition).

Your application and supporting documents will be evaluated and a decision will be emailed within 1-5 business days of receiving all supporting documents. If admitted, you will be sent an email with a copy of your acceptance letter and instructions on how to pay and mail your acceptance package* via DHL, which will include your acceptance letter, I-20 certificate of eligibility for an F-1 student visa and other important information.

*You must provide your postal code in the application form so that your acceptance package will be mailed to the right location.

You have 4 payment options:
  1. Pay By Flywire

    SVIEP has partnered with Flywire for international payments. This services provides students and their families a cost effective and convenient method of making payments to SVIEP in foreign currencies.

    Flywire allows you to:
    • Pay from any country and any bank
    • Save money on bank fees and ensure your payment is received in full
    • Obtain excellent foreign exchange rates with a best rate guarantee
    • Receive piece of mind with 24x7 multilingual customer support
    • Track your payment from start to finish

    For questions about making a payment with Flywire, email support@flywire.com

  2. Pay by Bank Wire Transfer

    Bank to transfer money to: Union Bank of California
    Account #: xxxxxxx
    ABA #: xxxxxxx
    Swift Code: xxxxxxx
    Amount transferred: Must add USD $11.00 international wire fee per wire transfer

    Please email us with the date, the amount transferred, and the student's name.

  3. Pay by Credit Card (FAX only, DO NOT EMAIL THIS INFORMATION)

    We accept only Visa or MasterCard.

    In your Fax, please provide us:

    Name on the card
    Card Number
    Expiration Date
    3 digit security code
    Billing address
    Email
    Name of applying student

    Our Fax number is +1-650-574-6104. Do NOT email us.

  4. Pay by Cashier's Check or Money Order

    Make check payable to: SMCCCD
    Write 'SVIEP' and Your Name clearly on the memo line of the check
    Mail to:

    Silicon Valley Intensive English Program
    Building 01-115
    1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.
    San Mateo, CA 94402
    USA

All applicants must submit a financial statement with their SVIEP application to show that they have access to the funds required for your length of stay (see “Session Participation Totals” in the chart below) in US Dollars.

We recommend that you show funds in excess of the amounts shown in the table since exchange rates and the cost of living in California may fluctuate. You must have at least the amount shown in the table below.

Please note that all financial information will remain strictly confidential.

Estimate of dependent costs, if applicable:

  • Spouse: add $1,125 per 8-week session
  • 1 child/no spouse: add $875 per 8-week session for first child; add $500 per 8-week session for each additional child

Confidential Financial Statement in US Dollars: You must submit BOTH:

  1. A formal written statement from a bank certifying that either the sponsor or the prospective student has sufficient funds (you will need at least $26000 in US Dollars) on deposit to insure full payment of expenses for the student’s first year at Silicon Valley Intensive English Program, AND
  2. A copy of an official Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) which your sponsor plans to submit to a US Consulate.

For your convenience, you must fill out the Financial Statement form   and provide a completed copy of this form to SVIEP in PDF format.

8-weeks
(1 session)
16-weeks
(2 session)
24-weeks
(3 session)
32-weeks
(4 session)
1 academic year
Non-Refundable Application Fee $50 $50 $50 $50
Deposit $500 $500 $500 $500
Tuition (minus deposit) $2,495 $4,495 $6,995 $9,490
Homestay Housing with meals (estimated) $3,000 $6,000 $9,000 $12,000
Heath Insurance** $648 $648 1,296 1,296
Other: Books & materials, transportation, student ID, misc. expenses (estimated) $629 $1,307 $1,986 $2,664
Session Participation Totals $7,322 USD $13,000 USD $19,827 USD $26,000 USD

Please provide us with a digital version of your passport photograph in high resolution, maximum file size between 100kb - 500kb if possible, in JPG format ONLY.

Please provide us with a digital scan (in PDF format) of the page of your passport that includes your photo, full legal name and place of birth as well as the passport expiration date clearly displayed.

Proof of English Proficiency: Proof is NOT required for admission to the Intensive English Program. If you have a TOEFL (paper-based or internet-based), IELTS or Pearson score, please include an unofficial copy of your results (in PDF format) with your application in order to serve you better.

All applicants must send us a copy of their high school and/or most recent English language program transcripts, as well as most recent college or university transcripts in PDF format.

Please note that you must report all college course work previously taken. All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. If the school was a college, university or high school within the US, official transcripts must be sent directly from the awarding institution to SVIEP.

If you request an official transcript to be sent to SVIEP from your institution, have them send it to:

Silicon Valley Intensive English Program
Building 01-115
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402
USA

Do you have each step completed to make sure you are ready to fill out the Application Form and upload your documents?

  • Step 1: I am at least age 16 years old with a High School diploma OR 18 years old with High School transcripts.
  • Step 2: I have paid my Application Fee and Deposit.
  • Step 3: I have a completed Financial Statement PDF.
  • Step 4: I have a digital photo file (JPG or PNG) of my Passport photo.
  • Step 5: I have a digital scan (PDF) of my passport information.
  • Step 6: If I took the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson, I have an unofficial copy of my results (in PDF).
  • Step 7: I have PDF copies of my most recent official school transcripts.

For all documents in your application, remember to save a copy for yourself to keep.

Make sure you have all of your documents ready for upload, and your current and permanent addresses and emergency contact information at hand before you start filling out the application form. The form should take 20 - 30 minutes to complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

For all documents in your application, remember to save a copy for yourself to keep. All submitted documentation becomes the property of SVIEP and cannot be returned. Please note that all financial information will remain strictly confidential.

Admission decisions are sent to the email address on your application, and the acceptance package will be sent to the mailing address you chose on your application.

Admission decisions are sent to the email address on your application, and the acceptance package will be sent to the mailing address you chose on your application.

Your application and supporting documents will be evaluated and a decision will be emailed within 1-5 business days of receiving all supporting documents. If admitted, you will be sent an email with a copy of your acceptance letter and instructions on how to pay and mail your acceptance package* via DHL, which will include your acceptance letter, I-20 certificate of eligibility for an F-1 student visa and other important information.

* You must provide your postal code in the application form so that your acceptance package will be mailed to the right location.

Note: All submitted documentation becomes the property of Silicon Valley Intensive English Program and cannot be returned. Please note that all financial information will remain strictly confidential.

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