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About This Center

For anyone fascinated with high-tech and wants to take English Courses in Silicon Valley, this program is perfect. The ELS English Language Center in Silicon Valley is the ideal place to learn while being near many of the world’s largest technology corporations, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. Foothill College and De Anza College—two partner community colleges in the area—are located near the center.

Besides its popularity for all things technological, Silicon Valley spans more than 20 miles of parks, museums, culture, history, and mountains. The Silicon Valley city of Cupertino is close to San Francisco and San Jose, and is home to many large tech companies.

Upon successful completion of ELS Level 112, you will fulfill the English language entry requirement for conditional admission to partner colleges and universities.

ELS Silicon Valley (Cupertino) Facilities

  • Baseball field
  • Cafeteria
  • Center is handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms are handicapped accessible
  • Computer lab
  • Free parking
  • Library
  • Soccer field
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Wi-Fi
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English Language Center Silicon Valley

Housing Options



Students like the homestay program because the center hand-selects each family. Host families are kind, involved, and care about their students. Families spend time with students for an immersive and personal experience. Students usually take public busses to the center, with an average commute time of 45 to 60 minutes. Students usually have single rooms, although some have double rooms.

Cost per Session: $1,412

Occupancy: Single, double

Meal Credits: 14 meals per week


Student Residence (off campus)

Park Circle Apartments offer the convenience of a short walk to ELS Silicon Valley, De Anza College, Vallco Shopping Mall, grocery stores, restaurants, and entertainment. This includes a movie theater, bowling alley, and two parks. Several bus lines are nearby. Apartments include:

  • Fully furnished rooms and living spaces
  • Linens and weekly cleaning service
  • Utilities and WiFi
  • Coin operated laundry facilities
  • All cooking and dining utensils
  • 24-hour resident assistance
  • Outdoor space

Cost per Session: $1,300, 1,672

Occupancy: Single, double

Meal Credits: No meals included. Full kitchen provided


Student Residence (off campus)

Due to limited availability for single and triple rooms, counselors must contact the Central Admissions Department for approval before submitting an online application. The Hanford Residence is a short walk to the center and other popular destinations. It’s near several bus lines. Amenities include fully furnished bedrooms and living spaces, all linens, utilities, WiFi, weekly cleaning service, coin-operated laundry facilities, and cooking and dining utensils. A resident assistant is onsite/on-call 24/7.

Cost per Session: $1,672

Occupancy: Single

Meal Credits: No meals included. Full kitchen in each student home.


Great Things to See and Do in Silicon Valley

The Tech Museum of Innovation: This hands-on technology and science museum was established to inspire innovation and discovery.

San Jose Museum of Art: The collection focuses on 20th- and 21st-century paintings, video installations, photography, and more.

San Francisco: San Francisco’s culture, cuisine, sights, and excitement are about one hour away.

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