Intensive English at Mission College

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Welcome to our Intensive English program!

The Institute for International Studies (IIS) has been providing top-quality intensive English instruction in Silicon Valley (IEP) to international students since 1997. We have welcomed students from over 50 countries since IIS opened its doors 19 years ago. All IIS classes are held on the College's campus, and students enjoy the same privileges as all Mission College students.

We are here to teach you ESL for your life in the Santa Clara, San Jose and Silicon Valley communities.

The Intensive English Programs at Mission College is perfect for students who plan to attend college in the United States or simply want to improve their English language skills for their daily life and their career.

Program Dates

Fall 2 Session (8-week session), starts October 4, 2017
(Deadline passed; Oct 2, 2017 for transfer students inside US)

Spring 1 Session (16-week session), starts January 3, 2018
(Deadline: Nov 3, 2017 (outside US); Jan 2, 2018 (inside US))

Spring 2 Session (8-week session), starts February 28, 2018
(Deadline: Jan 5, 2018 (outside US); Feb 26, 2018 (inside US))

"Start Date" above means "the day program activities start." We highly recommend that you look carefully at our application for details or contact our office.

Tuition and Fees for Intensive English Program

8 weeks*

16 weeks*

10 weeks (summer term)*





Application Fee




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

$12,300 approximately***

$12,300 approximately***

$12,300 approximately***

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




*Students may register for 8, 10 or 16 weeks; however, expenses are calculated on a 12-month stay regardless of the length of stay in the program. $21,500 is an estimate for one year. Students may spend more or less than that amount. This estimated amount is required for applying for an appropriate visa.

**$100 is a non-refundable application fee.

IIS Program Highlights:

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