Pursue your interests with engaging courses and get a taste of the college experience. For high school students completing grades 9-12.
Get a Taste of the College Experience
Live and study in an exciting city while making lasting friendships along the way. A summer pre-college enrichment program gives teens the opportunity to gain independence, pursue interests, and prepare for their next big step.
Stroll down Las Ramblas in Barcelona or across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Wander the historic quarter in Old Montreal or LA's Westwood Village. Local day trips and weekend excursions are the very best kind of homework!
Travel to Europe and make Florence or Barcelona your home for the summer. You’ll feel like a local in no-time, and leave with inspiration for your future and a love of the European lifestyle.
“I feel much more prepared for college and independent living and have gained new helpful life skills. I have also seen new places and sights and participated in many fun activities. I have learned to be responsible in getting to my classes on time, and managing my time. The staff also worked very hard to make sure I felt happy and safe. This program has given me lasting memories and friends that I will always cherish.”
Blythe Breitman, New York, New York
“I had a great time on my program. I made so many new friends that I am so excited to keep in contact with. The staff were very easy to talk to and always there for us when we needed help or just wanted to talk. I got a taste of what it was like to be in college and make new friends.”
Maya Posner, Short Hills, New Jersey
“This Westcoast Connection Pre-College program was what I expected and more. The staff were really understanding and caring and most importantly very fun to be around. I’m grateful that I got to meet so many new people from around the world. During the courses and activities, I had a chance to learn about new things, new people and most importantly about myself and my future regarding my education.”
Will attending one of your programs help me get into college?
Attending a summer program is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow into a more well-rounded, mature individual. No matter what type of program you choose, the personal development and experience gained over the course of the summer are valuable resources that could help you with your college essays and applications. If your goal for the summer is to get a head start on college prep, a Career Experience or Pre-College Enrichment program could be just what you need. So while attending any particular summer program will not necessarily get you into your choice school, what you get from it can make a difference!
Who are the staff and what are their qualifications?
Our staff are educators, guidance counselors, coaches, college and university students, former camp counselors, residence life coordinators, community volunteers, world travelers, and other leaders with diverse backgrounds. Many are former participants themselves who couldn’t get enough of the Westcoast experience! Learn more about our summer leaders.
When do I choose my courses?
For fall enrollments, we will send you a course choice preference form around February 15. You will be able to select your first, second and third course preferences. Your course choices will be confirmed in the spring.
For enrollments after February 15, we will send you a course choice preference form upon receipt of your application for enrollment. Your course choices will be confirmed in the spring.