Amazing Summer Program at Stanford!

American Language & Culture in Silicon Valley

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Program Overview

Dates: August 5 - September 1, 2018 (tentative)

Open to: University students from Asia

Application Deadline: Spring 2018 (exact date varies by university)


VIA's American Language & Culture (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 your written and oral communication in English.

During the program you will have an opportunity to visit a company in Silicon valley, participate in activities with the local community, and form lasting friendships with people from other cultures.

Participant Voice

"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.” - Heng Tang

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Application & Selection Process

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Participate in an interview via phone or Skype (approximately 15 minutes)
  3. Receive your selection results from VIA or your university
  4. Confirm your participation in the program by submitting your agreement form
  5. Complete pre-departure activities as assigned by VIA and Stanford
Start Your Application Today!

Note: application deadlines vary by university

About Us

The ALC program is offered by VIA, an educational non-profit organization founded at Stanford University in 1963.

If you have any questions, please contact Language & Cultural Programs Director, Yuki Ueda (