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San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

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Overview

Overview

The San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley (SMCSV), operated by the San Mateo County Community College District, are a group of three highly regarded and fully accredited two-year community colleges in California's Silicon Valley and Bay Area.

The collective includes Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. They offer a wide range of specialized educational pathways across a wide range of degree subjects, which are equivalent to studying the first two years of a bachelor's degree program. Completion of a SMCSV associate degree guarantees admission to one of 136 top ranked universities within the College University Partnership (CUP), which incorporates more than 150 renowned universities throughout the US and worldwide.

SMCSV gives students the opportunity to live and study in some of the best locations in California. Students gain access to internships in local technology, innovation industries and commercial sectors, as well as networking opportunities to increase experience and employability.

With particular strength in STEM subjects, taught by experienced industry-leading professionals, students at SMCSV enjoy greatly enhanced admission success among the top colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. SMCSV are the preferred transfer pathway colleges for UC Berkeley, and honors students enjoy priority admission status with an acceptance rate of up to 70 percent from UCLA.

International students benefit from the colleges' own Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP), which ensures that students graduate with a high level of English proficiency, required to succeed at the most competitive undergraduate courses.

The SMCSV Global Online Learning (GOL) program enables students to study remotely from anywhere in the world, earning credits accepted by over 150 CUP universities. GOL students are able to structure their studies flexibly, with available international scholarships and greatly reduced tuition fees.

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What's new

What's new

SMCSV has expanded their successful Global Online Learning (GOL) program, which has been successfully operating for a number of years. Hundreds of students have graduated from the program and transferred to top universities in the U.S.

In 2020, for this continued effort, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross awarded SMCSV the nation's highest honor for export success, namely the JFK Presidential Award of Excellence in Export. The award recognizes the colleges' excellence in securing prosperous and fair-trade opportunities and upholding the rigorous and competitive standards for American industry.

This award signifies SMCSV's impact within the world market, and is testament to their adaptability and enterprise, exporting to some of the most challenging and rapidly changing worldwide markets.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

SMCSV has built a reputation for delivering high-quality educational programs to their international community of students, by developing and maintaining an excellent standard of teaching and tuition at all three of their campus colleges, as well as designing a state-of-the-art distance learning model for its Global Online Learning (GOL) program.

Over 50 percent of the faculty are graduates from the world's top 100 universities. The colleges rely upon their highly qualified and widely experienced faculty staff, many of whom have worked in leading organizations within their field, in the hugely successful and innovative companies based in Silicon Valley such as YouTube, Google, Apple, Salesforce, Twitter, and Facebook. Many staff have also worked and taught internationally, and are able to communicate their experience and expertise to students from all international backgrounds.

Each college has a student to staff ratio of around 25:1, ensuring generous contact time and mentorship, as well as a personalized learning experience.

Since its inception in 2018, the colleges' GOL program has successfully guided hundreds of students on to achieving their aspirations of enrolment at top CUP universities. Each student is assigned a Dedicated Academic Counsellor and Success Navigator to ensure steady progress and support.

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Department structure

Department structure

SMCSV offers alternative pathways into targeted-entry undergraduate study. Students have a huge range of degree subjects to choose from, with 105 programs offered across all three colleges. Additionally, international students are offered a choice of 42 Certificate Programs which may be completed within one or two years. Prospective students are advised to check the SMCSV website for the complete list of programs and host colleges.

SMCSV offers a selection of pathways into their range of subject departments. The Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) is a preparation program with a flexible choice of start dates, which provides an opportunity for international students to improve their English Language Proficiency test scores. Successful completion of SVIEP Level 4 guarantees admission into one of the many University Transfer Admission (UTA) courses at SMCSV.

Students on either of the college pathway programs will also develop transferable skills that will prove essential in their further studies and future careers, such as communication, presentation skills and project management.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

SMCSV encourages applicants from all kinds of academic and international backgrounds. There are English language and academic entry requirements for enrolment on the colleges' three pathway courses: SVIEP, GOL, and SMCSV.

SVIEP - Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and must submit a copy of an original high school transcript with English translations. There is no minimum English Language Proficiency score required.

GOL - Applicants must have a high school diploma, a high school equivalency, or will be at least 18 years old at the beginning of the academic semester. Minimum English Language Proficiency scores of 5.5 on the IELTS test, 56 on the TOEFL test, 85 on the Duolingo English test, or completion of SVIEP Level 4.

SMCSV - Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and must submit a copy of an original high school transcript with English translations. Minimum English Language Proficiency scores of 5.5 on the IELTS test, 56 on the TOEFL test, or 85 on the Duolingo English test.

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Facilities

Facilities

SMCSV students benefit from having three highly desirable campuses in California to choose from. Each campus is a self-contained learning environment, offering everything its students require for academic success and personal enrichment. The campuses are designed with the most modern facilities including state-of-the-art study spaces for individual and group work, computer laboratories, extensive library facilities with thousands of books, journals, digital resources and free, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout.

The campuses have cafes, coffee shops, student bookstores, fully equipped gymnasiums, and sports facilities to provide opportunities for students to develop skills and personal interests beyond the classroom, and to encourage a strong social element to their experience.

Distance learning students who do not attend campus classes, benefit from the use of SMCSV's bespoke online learning platform, with 24 hour access to course resources, reading lists, forums where they may communicate with peers and tutors, and the online international college community.

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Fees & funding

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for international students in the 2021/22 academic year vary based on course type and length. Applicants must additionally demonstrate verification of available funds.

SVIEP - Cost of attendance: USD 7,322 (includes tuition, housing, expenses for eight weeks). Applicants must demonstrate access to funds of USD 7,322.

SMCSV - Cost of attendance: USD 25,400 (includes tuition, housing, expenses for ten weeks). Applicants must demonstrate USD 25,400 available.

GOL - Tuition and fees: USD 336 per unit (USD 288 tuition fee, USD 2 capital outlay fee, and USD 46 enrolment fee). A majority of student classes are three units, which are USD 1,088 per class.

The GOL program represents a 65 percent reduction in tuition fees, as well as no housing costs or visa expenses. There are financial support options available through the Global Beca Scholarship program for first time students, plus additional credit-based scholarships.

There are also financial incentives in place for returning SMCSV students, through the Aspiring Alumni scholarship scheme for returning students. Applications are submitted online, and prospective students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with application deadlines via the college website.

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The SMCCCD is a three-college district located between San Francisco and San Jose in the the Silicon Valley. Colleges serve more than 31,000 students each year and offer the first two years of instruction in a wide variety of degree and transfer programs, as well as vocational-technical programs. Students can attend one of the three Colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District, Ca?ada College in Redwood City, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College in San Bruno.

The academic and vocational programs offered by the Colleges are designed to meet the educational needs of the community. Anyone who is a high school graduate or 18 years of age or older can select from thousands of courses offered at convenient times on the campuses and at a number of off-campus locations. The Colleges offer Quality transfer programs, More than 80 vocational degree and certificate programs which prepare students for immediate employment in such areas as health careers, computer sciences, telecommunications, administration of justice, technical arts and graphics, automotive and a variety of office careers, Upgrade training for working professionals and Developmental education to prepare students for college studies.
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