Experience a Life-Changing Summer!

Aug. 2 - 29, 2015

American Language and Culture (ALC): Silicon Valley Program

VIA's ALC Program combines academic English classes with educational activities aimed at exploring contemporary American culture. The English classes, offered by the Stanford Language Center, are designed to improve students' oral communication in English while providing analysis of a variety of sociocultural issues especially in the Silicon Valley area. The educational activities such as volunteering and visiting companies add a rich experiential element to the students' learning.

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Participant Voice(Heng Tang)

"The ALC program opened the door to a summer school with diverse students and opportunities for thorough English practice and social communication. ALC was exactly the kind of program I was longing for. And in fact, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. After the program, I decided to study Japanese. Every time when I hear myself speaking in Japanese, I feel closer to my ALC friends from Japan. Through the program I experienced that close human connections is what can make things different.”


Visit www.viaprograms.org/alc and apply from the Application page.

  • Application Deadline: April 26, 2015
  • Online Application Results: Emailed by April 29, 2015
  • Interviews by Phone or Skype: May 1 & 2, 2015


The ALC Program is offered by VIA, an educational non-profit organization based at Stanford University since 1963. Details of the ALC program can be found from www.viaprograms.org/alc.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the ALC Program Director, Christy Inhulsen at christy@viaprograms.org.