Language & Cultural Exploration

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In 1977, several Japanese universities requested a summer English language and American culture program. The immediate success encouraged VIA to start the Asia Exchange Programs, which now bring more than 350 Asian students to Silicon Valley annually. As our oldest US-based program, the American Language & Culture (ALC) program has been bringing East Asian students together to improve their English skills, experience the American lifestyle, and build long-lasting international friendships for over 40 years.


American Language & Culture

The American Language & Culture (ALC) program combines academic English classes with educational activities aimed at exploring contemporary American culture. English classes are offered by the Stanford Language Center, and are designed to improve students’ oral communication in English while providing analysis of a variety of sociocultural issues especially in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley area.

Programs Staff

Christy Inhulsen 2016

Christy Inhulsen

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Posted on Thursday November 10th, 2016 by Melissa Golden
ALC in 1977 and 2016

ALC Celebrates 40 Years

This year we celebrate 40 years of the American Language & Culture (ALC) program! The genesis of this program took place in 1977, when two Japanese universities approached VIA to create a program that could immerse their students in the