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Pre-College Enrichment

California Pre-College Enrichment - 14 Days

California Pre-College Enrichment
14 Days
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  • Departure Dates
    June 30 - July 13
  • What's Included
    On the Campus of UCLA
    Price Includes

    All lodging, breakfast & dinner daily, all recreation listed, entertainment (including day and weekend excursions), application fee, classes*, UCLA athletic facilities, on campus Wi-fi, campus identification fee, airport transfers within designated times, gratuities and taxes. * Note supplementary fee for Surfing $195

    Exclusive Classes

    All classes on this program are private and exclusive to 360° Student Travel students.


    UCLA Residence – (13 Nights)

    Group Size

    Enrollment may be from 100 to 120 students.

    Certificate of Completion

    A certificate of completion recognizing the hours of class time and courses completed is issued after the program. Our staff is always happy to write letters of recommendation for college admission. For those doing community service, a certificate of completion recognizing between 16-40 hours of service and a signed letter detailing the projects accomplished is issued after the program.

    Similar Program

    If you prefer to come for the three or four week options of this itinerary, please see our Pre-College Enrichment: California-21 Day or Pre-College Enrichment: California-28 Day itineraries.

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On the Campus of UCLA

Are you ready for two amazing weeks to experience college life at UCLA? Enrich yourself and explore a personal interest as you choose a morning course, an afternoon course or a full day track option. With this summer program for high school students, take advantage of incredible athletic facilities and discover the collegiate energy of the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. Enjoy LA’s great attractions including Universal Studios and CityWalk, Hollywood & Highland, the Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, Venice and Santa Monica Beaches and more.

Choose either one full day track option or select a morning and an afternoon course

Full Day Track Option (8 Sessions) – 10am – 4:30pm

  • Community Service (This option is also offered as an afternoon course)
  • Seventeen Fashion Experience LA


  • Introduction to Psychology
  • TOEFL Preparation – English for Non-Native Speakers
  • Cooking
  • College Prep


  • Introduction to Photography & Street Shooting
  • Improv with The Second City
  • Independent Workout
  • Surfing
  • Community Service (This option is offered as a full day track, or as an afternoon course only.)
  • College Prep

College Workshop – A Workshop Included In Your Tuition (90 Minutes)

  • Choosing the right school & college application process

UCLA Residence – UCLA (13 Nights)

  • Enjoy unmatched world-class recreation facilities and sprawling campus surrounded by iconic neighborhoods like Beverly Hills & Bel Air.

Stay Active - The John Wooden Sports & Recreation Center

  • • Receive a complimentary membership that includes basketball, and volleyball courts, weight training and cardio equipment, handball, racquetball, badminton and squash courts, indoor rock wall, Sunset Canyon pool and tennis center.

Weekend & Day Trips

  • Experience LA with day and weekend excursions included in your tuition!
  • Choose either one full day track option or select a morning and an afternoon course

    All classes are private and exclusive to 360° Student Travel participants only.

  • Full Day Track (8 Sessions) 10am – 4:30pm


    This is your chance to perform meaningful service in the communities in and around Los Angeles. Service projects are finalized in the spring. Those currently planned are 8 working with the children at the Boys & Girls Club of Harbor City, and a few days helping to maintain and beautify facilities at Hope Gardens. A certificate of completion recognizing 16 hours of service and a signed letter detailing the projects you accomplish is issued after the program. Westcoast Connection / 360˚ Student Travel is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.


    Seventeen and Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel partner to provide students a unique opportunity to learn the inner-workings of Seventeen. Meet with top industry professionals while participating in behind-the-scenes tours of fashion houses, retailers, and media and beauty companies. Whether you are interested in writing, photography, fashion, hair, or beauty, you will find the Seventeen team and partner companies passionate about what they do and eager to share their knowledge with you—the next generation of industry professionals. This experience is ideal for those aspiring for a career in publishing or fashion. Companies currently scheduled to meet and work with participants include: the Bikini Lab, Skechers, PacSun, and Beautycon Media.  CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • Morning Course (8 Sessions) - 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Along with the following morning course options listed here, there are additional courses in Fashion, STEM, and Community Service for students under the full day track option that follows.


    Taught by UCLA Extension Instructors

    Ever wondered what dictates your thoughts and behavior? This course introduces the basic concepts in psychology and explores the different types including behavioral, cognitive, and clinical psychology. In addition, through the use of music, film and in-class activities, you discover more about yourself as you explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions, and how to improve memory. Other topics include mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    TOEFL Preparation – English For Non-Native Speakers

    Thousands of colleges and universities worldwide rely on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores to assist them in admission decisions. Imagine the world of possibilities this test opens up to you! This test will demonstrate you have the English language skills necessary for an academic classroom and our instructors are here to guide you along the process. They offer you test-taking strategies, help you familiarize yourself with the test, and allow you to practice all sections of the exam. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION


    From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrees or delicious desserts, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Their expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience where each class focuses on a different theme. You even get to take away a book full of mouth-watering recipes you helped prepare! CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION


    This comprehensive preparatory program covers invaluable sessions on creating your college resume, writing the perfect college essay, what to look for on campus visits, selecting the college that best fits you, navigating the application process and deadlines, finding and applying scholarships and aid, understanding the role of extracurricular activities and community service and making sure you are on the right track in high school. Sessions on critical study skills to apply now as well as in college are: listening, memorization, time management, planning, note taking, test taking strategies, and critical thinking. Visit two local universities to see the differences in programs offered, campus size, facilities and to speak with admissions offices to hear first-hand what schools look for. This is all tied together as you receive a personalized roadmap through individualized counseling with an experienced college advisor who advises you on finding the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

    We strive to maintain up-to-date course information on this page and to run these courses. Availability may vary due to full course enrollment, cancellation due to insufficient enrolment, or changes by the teaching institutions.

  • Afternoon Course (8 Sessions) - 2:30pm - 4:30pm


    This is for anyone who has a passion for photography (no matter what level, we have you covered!). Attain an in-depth knowledge of digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing focus and blur) both in the field and in the classroom. In partnership with the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the course takes you out of the classroom and onto the streets of Los Angeles to delve into the art of street photography. From Venice Beach to the downtown Fashion District, you explore and develop your creativity, while you learn and practice technical camera skills. The second half of the course focuses on portraiture, as you step into a professional studio to learn about different lighting techniques and also hit Hollywood Boulevard to put your skills to the test. You must supply your own digital camera for this course. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION


    This introduction to improv gives you the opportunity to develop performance & life skills through game-based activities, exercises and scene work. Improv is a valuable tool in theater and also in life.  Learn how to create something from nothing using only your imagination, collaboration and few simple guidelines.  Explore the principles of “Yes, and”, making your scene partner look great, letting go of your original idea in favor or collaborating, and stepping into the unknown with confidence.  “Dare to Fail!” is not just a useful motto in improv, it’s useful in life!  Improv helps you see opportunities, rather than obstacles.

    Second City is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.  Their alumni are like a who’s who of American comedy. From Bill Murray to Steve Carell and Tina Fey – The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION


    Service is offered as a full day option – see details of that option under FULL DAY TRACK which results in 40 hours of service performed, or you may volunteer in the afternoons in which case 16 hours of service are performed. Projects are finalized in the spring and may include working with the children at a Boys & Girls Club, a beautification project, or other meaningful work that makes a real difference in the lives of individuals.


    Enjoy access to UCLA’s Recreational Facilities. Plan your work-out regimen including weight training and cardio to help meet your fitness goals. If you commit the results will follow!


    Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? This course takes you to Santa Monica beach where you learn how to work on your balance and technique and perfect your form in no time.

    * A supplementary fee of $195 applies for Surfing.


    You may choose this as a morning or afternoon course. See the description under Morning Courses above. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • College Workshop – A Workshop Included In Your Tuition (90 Minutes)

    Choosing The Right School & College Application Process

    Choosing the right college is the first step in the application process that requires careful research and self-evaluation. This interactive workshop provides you with the tools and resources needed to develop a list of criteria that is integral to the process of choosing appropriate colleges to apply to. You are guided through a range of steps to help choose schools that are the right fit for your academic and personal interests and expectations for a college experience.

    In this workshop you explore the basic elements of the college application and learn the ins and outs of the Common Application. You are guided through the development of your academic / co-curricular profile and the key areas to include in your application. You learn how to craft a high caliber application as well as review the process of the on-line application and learn strategies to develop a timeline for completion of applications, supplements and essays.

    Additional topics will be driven by your interest and can include University of California applications.


  • Your Home: UCLA Residence – UCLA (13 Nights)

    The UCLA campus is so amazing that after your stay here, you might not be able to wait to send in your application. Enjoy their unmatched world-class recreation facilities and sprawling campus situated in one of the most vibrant cities in the world and surrounded by iconic neighborhoods like Beverly Hills & Bel Air. Dorm rooms are double or triple occupancy.


    * Note that this summer program for high school students is operated by Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel. While students stay at a UCLA residence, use UCLA classrooms, athletic facilities and have a psychology course taught by UCLA Extension instructors this program is not a UCLA program and responsibility for the program resides solely with Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel.

  • Your Gym: UCLA Athletic & Recreation Facilities

    You will receive complimentary access to these facilities.

    • The John Wooden Sports & Recreation Center
    • 3 basketball courts, 2 volleyball courts, 6 badminton courts, gymnastics gymnasium
    • Strength & conditioning zone: weight training equipment, stretching mats, various cardio equipment including stationary bicycles, stair climbers, treadmills, elliptical and rowing machines, upper body ergometer, and outdoor sports conditioning area. FITWELL staff available for assistance.
    • Handball, racquetball, and squash courts.
    • A Games Lounge with a large screen TV and tables and chairs for cards, board games, and studying.
    • The Rock Wall is designed for all levels of climbers, with dozens of indoor climbs and 15 climbing ropes.
    • Sunset Canyon Pool
    • Los Angeles Tennis Center


  • Weekend Excursions & Day Trips - All Included In Your Tuition!

    Los Angeles, California

    Enjoy a world-class college stay at UCLA and take advantage of the incredible athletic facilities and explore nearby Westwood Village.  Discover the stars at Universal Studios and CityWalk. Explore Hogwarts castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. See Los Angeles’ Hollywood Sign, ride the Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier. Dine at the Hard Rock Café.  Stargaze on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and match handprints in front of Mann’s Chinese Theater! Soak up the sun, fun and real characters at Venice Beach.

    Mann’s Chinese Theater

    In front of Mann’s Chinese Theater, there are celebrity hand prints by famous actors/actresses. There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete.

    Handprints from the world’s most famous stars date back to 1927, demonstrating just what a time honored tradition this is.  Be sure to check out the handprints of some of the today’s most famous stars, including Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston.  Be on the lookout for interesting variations in the concrete, like the imprints of the magic wands of Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

    Walk Of Fame

    The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a series of sidewalks that serves as a permanent public monument to achievement in the entertainment industry. More than 2,500 5-pointed terrazzo and brass stars are embedded along 1.7 miles. The Walk attracts about 10 million visitors annually. Each year, about 200 nominations are submitted. Anyone can nominate someone in the field of entertainment as long as the nominee is in agreement. The committee selects approximately 20 celebrities to receive stars. Living recipients must agree to personally attend a presentation ceremony. A fee ($30,000 as of 2012), payable at time of selection, is collected to pay for the creation and installation of the star, as well as general maintenance.

    Hollywood Sign

    The Hollywood sign was originally written “HOLLYWOODLAND” and was just used to promote suburban housing around the area. The letters are stationed on LA’s tallest peak, Mount Lee. The sign measures 450’ long and the letters are 45’ tall.

    Venice Beach

    Venice Beach is known for its canals, beaches and circus-like Ocean Front Walk, which features performers, fortune-tellers and vendors. Movies filmed here include Role Models, I Love You Man, Million Dollar Baby and The Big Lebowski. Entourage, 90210 and even a South Park episode took place here! As you’re strolling along the boardwalk, keep your eyes open for bodybuilders working out on Muscle Beach.

    Diddy Riese

    Diddy Riese (often called Diddy’s) is a popular ice cream joint in Westwood Village. They are a local legend known for their made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. Pick out two cookies from a dozen flavors made fresh in-house, as well as a scoop of ice cream from two dozen Dreyer’s flavors.

    Universal Studios

    Start your day by touring one of the six major American movie studios and Hollywood’s most famous backlot. Hosted by the hilarious Jimmy Fallon, encounter the awe-inspiring Boeing 747 wreckage at Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. Check out classic wheels from Back to the Future, Fast and the Furious, and Magnum P.I. Witness amazing special effects like a simulated flash flood and an 8.3 earthquake. Come face to face with Jaws and smell bananas on the breath of King Kong during King Kong 360 3D. Afterwards, brave the 16 movie-related rides and attractions including Transformers: The Ride 3D. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, this ride will put you in the middle of the ultimate war zone allowing you to fight alongside Optimus Prime. Explore Hogwarts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take a spin on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Simpsons Ride or try out the thrilling roller coasters of Jurassic Park or The Mummy.

UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) – Los Angeles, California

The UCLA campus is so amazing that after your stay here, you might not be able to wait to send in your application. Enjoy their unmatched world-class recreation facilities and sprawling campus situated in one of the most vibrant cities in the world and surrounded by iconic neighborhoods like Beverly Hills & Bel Air. Dorm rooms are double or triple occupancy.

The University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA, is considered as one of the flagship institutions of the University of California with over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With approximately 29,000 undergraduate and 14,000 graduate students, UCLA is the largest university in the state of California. UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins. The Bruins have won 132 national championships, including 112 NCAA team championships, more than any other university. The Bruins have had at least one competitor in every Olympics since 1920 with one exception in 1924.

*This summer program for high school students is operated by Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel. While students stay at a UCLA residence, use UCLA classrooms, athletic facilities and have business and psychology courses taught by UCLA Extension instructors this program is not a UCLA program and responsibility for the program resides solely with Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel.

Safety and supervision, our #1 priority – no ifs, ands, or buts about it!

At Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our front line leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Trip Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR. We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.

Flight To and from Los Angeles

As a participant on this program, you may fly on our chaperoned group flight from the New York area to Los Angeles. Our leaders greet you at the airport and are with you from check-in onward. For the many travelers from outside the New York area, you may fly to LA and be greeted upon arrival and for flights in designated times enjoy complimentary transfer from the airport to our UCLA residence. If you prefer, you may be dropped off directly at our UCLA residence and meet your staff there.

For the 14-day program return from Los Angeles, for flights in designated times, we provide airport transfer and our leaders help you to check-in and remain in the airport until flights have departed. You may also arrange to be picked up at the UCLA residence if you prefer.

Trustworthy Staff – Leaders Worth Following

Once you are on your program, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Program Director and Program Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more. Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.

Our Program Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges, and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it!  We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.

Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.

Group Dynamics & Dynamic Groups

We can’t say it too many times this is a really incredible group experience. Great dynamics on every program starts with our secrets for group bonding. Our bag of tricks goes way beyond traditional ice breakers. We work hard to get everyone moving beyond first impressions and creating an atmosphere of total acceptance. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. Many of our participants come as individuals and we have a geographically diverse enrollment. This mix helps eliminate cliques at the outset and establish an open environment that benefits you. We take great care in assembling groups to create an unforgettable social experience.

Typical Weekday Schedule

OPTION 1: Morning & Afternoon Courses OPTION 2: Full Day Track
8:30 AM – Wake up
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Breakfast
10:00 AM – 12:00PM – Morning Course
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Afternoon Course
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Students Choice (Sports, Fitness Center, Free Time, Special Activities)
6:30PM – 9:00 PM – Dinner
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
11:15 PM – Curfew
8:30AM – Wake up
9:00AM – Breakfast
10:00AM – 4:30PM – Full Day Option
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Students Choice (Sports, Fitness Center, Free Time, Special Activities)
6:30PM – 9:00 PM – Dinner
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
11:15PM – Curfew

Note the schedule above is “typical”, your personal schedule and lunch time may vary based on your course choices.

A Taste Of The College Life

Talk about an incredible summer. This program is the perfect balance of college preparation and touring highlights. You will have the unique opportunity to study at one of the most popular universities in the United States while living in The Westwood Village section of Los Angeles. You’ll live in a college residence, work out at the gym, go to class, and get a true taste of the college experience.

Today’s Travelers, Tomorrow’s Leaders

As you travel to new places and experience different cultures, your journey may challenge your ideas and preconceived notions. We recognize this and strive to provide an environment where you are free to question and learn. This is nurtured by our leaders’ open and non-judgmental guidance.

Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. While living, working and learning together, you are afforded the chance to interact with very different communities. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others. Your perception will change as your understanding of and empathy for others grows. Whereas prior to your travels, you may have held stereotypes for some communities, your new first-hand experience will enable you to see we often share more in common with others than we may have known.

Value & Over The Top Service

There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated students going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.

Your Program Director and Program Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to program staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office. Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Program Directors, allows staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching program goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff.  These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Program Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively this supervisory and management team has an incredible resource with 390+ summers of combined teen travel experience. This way we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year we had 189 scheduled supervisory program visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field, and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!

Included in the tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast & dinner daily, airport transfers in designated times, campus Wi-Fi fees, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!

Food & Meals

A big part of your program’s success depends on how well you eat. We are proud of the fact that year after year we are complimented for our quality, quantity and choice of food! Breakfasts on this program is served at the UCLA cafeteria. For lunch, you enjoy the choice of eating in smaller groups and choosing from small restaurants or the UCLA cafeteria. Dinner is either at the UCLA cafeteria, or at restaurants. Food options are varied and plentiful.

We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area.

Getting Around

You will travel to off campus courses or excursions by passenger van or school bus while in Los Angeles.


You only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list as we have the opportunity to do laundry at your convenience in our residence hall.

Keeping In Touch Over The Summer – 24/7 Peace Of Mind.

While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well.  We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any trip operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.

We Deliver – 99% Approval Rating!

In last summer’s surveys, 99% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!