Intensive English at Mission College

International Students at study.

Welcome to our intensive English program!

updated March 2015

e-mail: 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



8 weeks*

16 weeks*




Application Fee



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

$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 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. $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

Summer 2016 (10-week session, starts May 11. 2016) Deadline passed; May 4, 2016 if inside the US
Fall 2016 (16-week session, starts August 10, 2016) Deadline: June 10, 2016 (outside US); August 8, 2016 (inside US)
Fall Session 2 (8-week session, starts October 5, 2016) Deadline: August 5, 2016 (outside US); October 3, 2016 (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.

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: 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: