The Intercultural Institute of California (IIC) is a nonprofit Intensive English Program (IEP) which offers English as a Second Language courses to international students. Established in 1995, IIC has helped many students reach their academic and professional goals through language studies. Programs at IIC include:

• General English
• TOEFL Preparation
• Business English

Why study at IIC?

  • Fully accredited
  • Qualified and experienced instructors
  • Experienced, professional, and friendly staff
  • Diverse student population
  • Centrally located in San Francisco

The Intercultural Institute of California is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2019 through April 2029 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

The Intercultural Institute of California is a nonprofit institution that is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the law for approved educational institutions. The Bureau for Postsecondary Education is located at 1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95834; www.bppe.ca.gov; toll-free telephone number: (888) 370-7589; fax: (916) 263-1897.

Mission Statement

The Intercultural Institute of California (IIC) is a non-profit institution incorporated with the mission of “providing post-secondary students with affordable, quality non-degree extension study programs through establishment of formal curricula and regular faculty.” More specifically, these educational programs are designed to fulfill our students’ varied learning needs and to empower them with the necessary skills to understand and communicate with people from different cultures.

Bridging Cultures Since 1995

In 1995, IIC was established by KCI (the Korean Center, Inc.) to operate its language education programs for Korean immigrants. Since its founding, IIC’s student body has diversified to include English language learners from around the globe. With a reputation of providing quality and affordable English instruction, IIC has attracted international students with diverse academic goals.

Within walking distance to Japantown and vibrant Polk Street, the main Post Street campus features classic Victorian architecture, bright classrooms, and renovated facilities. Our main campus is conveniently located and near many public transportation options.