Choosing the right school for you is a big decision and we help you make this process as fun as possible with a week visiting prestigious Boston area colleges and universities and having a blast doing it! Receive complimentary college counseling in small groups and exciting activity highlights.
Visit five prestigious Boston area colleges and universities
Located on Commonwealth Avenue, your Boston University residence gives you a glimpse of college life in an exciting city!
Complimentary college counseling in small groups is included in your tuition
Enjoy many exciting Boston area recreational highlights
Trend set in style with your new friends
Choosing the right school for you is a big decision and we help you make this process as fun as possible with a week of campus visits, complimentary college counseling in small groups and exciting activity highlights.
BU is on the banks of the Charles River and is a great location from which to explore this city. Your residence “1019 Commonwealth Ave.” has air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
Westcoast Connection’s resident college advisor joins the program in Boston to share expertise and tips with you about the college admissions process and you will receive complimentary college counseling in a small group session.
All included in your tuition!
This leading private research institution encompasses over 33,000 students from more than 130 countries and counts Martin Luther King Jr. amongst its prestigious alumni.
This private Ivy League research university is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has an impressive list of eminent alumni such as U.S. Presidents J.F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt and Barack Obama. It also has an impressive list of dropouts – Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates!
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a world-renowned educational institution known for research and education in the physical sciences and engineering as well as biology, economics and management.
This private not-for-profit university located in Boston offers over 90 programs and global learning opportunities in 92 countries around the world.
This university is recognized as a leader in American higher education and is a blend of a research university and a liberal arts college.
All included in your tuition!
Blue Man Group Show
Cap the program off with a live show! Performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991, the show is continuously refreshed by new music, stories and instruments. It’s a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Amphibian Duck Tour
Tour the city of Boston aboard a WWII style amphibious landing vehicle. You will drive by all the must-see Boston sites before being splashing into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Cambridge skyline.
New England Aquarium
This is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the country. Get up close and personal with dozens of fish species in their four-story giant ocean tank. Peek in on the penguin pen and be delighted as you watch them play. Don’t forget to check out the Marine Mammal Center and take in a sea lion show!
Walk the historic eight-block street filled with trendy shops and restaurants that lead you to the beautiful Boston Public Garden.
Harvard Square is home to the oldest university in America! George Washington took command of the Continental Army here and in the 20th century it was famous for anti-war protests. Harvard Square has been a home and a gathering place for authors, poets, publishers, printers, teachers, students and booksellers. Various parts of the 1997 film Good Will Hunting were filmed in and around Harvard Square, as well as The Town and The Social Network.
Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
Located in the heart of downtown Boston and built in the 1800s, this market is a favorite destination for both locals and tourists alike. It is built on a landfill which was once a part of the Harbor. It was in this area that the Patriots (hence the sports team name) gathered to thrill the crowds with their anti-England rhetoric, further fueling the spirit of freedom. In this bustling outdoor marketplace, you will be entertained by street performers of all varieties.
Hampton Beach Day
Enjoy some well-deserved beach time on this quaint Atlantic Ocean beach. Stroll the boardwalk filled with many shops and restaurants.
Famous Swan Boats at Boston Public Garden
Glide through the waterways of the famed Boston Public Garden. Wander the pathways and take in the many statues and artwork that adorn the park.
Take a walk through history as you explore the historic monuments and markers from colonial Boston.
Evening in North End
Get ready for a night out in Boston’s Little Italy! Enjoy an authentic Italian feast at one of the many delectable restaurants in this quaint district.
Prudential Center and Skywalk Observatory
Take in the many fashions and sample the many restaurants in one of Boston’s tallest buildings.
Boston University is located along the banks of the Charles River. You will stay in dorms (three double suites share a common area and bathroom) at “1019 Commonwealth Ave” on this historic campus and enjoy the sights and sounds of university and city life!
At Westcoast Connection nothing else comes first. From our extensive program planning department through our management team and our leaders, it is our single biggest priority! Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered. All Program 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.
As a participant on our College Preview Week in Boston program, you may fly to Boston and be greeted upon arrival and enjoy complimentary transfer (for flights in designated times) from the airport to our residence. For those requiring, we are happy to assist you with arranging flights to and from the program. If you prefer, you may be dropped off directly at our BU residence and meet your staff there.
For your return from Boston 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.
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.
Our College Preview Week program is designed to give you a taste of the excitement and independence you will experience in college. Just like in college, you will be part of a large group of students, live in a residence and be assigned a roommate. And like in college, you will enjoy a warm, family environment within your residence where you enjoy many opportunities to socialize with other students within your residence. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. We are extremely skilled at this. We take great care in crafting an environment that simulates and prepares you for life as a college student, both academically and socially.
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 live in the heart of Boston. While staying in a college residence and utilizing public transportation, you will get a true taste of the college experience.
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.
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 trip 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 trip staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip 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 our planning and management team is an incredible resource with 420+ 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 205 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 trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast & dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, 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!
A big part of your summer 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! Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a healthy variety of hot and cold choices at the BU dining hall. For lunch, you enjoy the choice of eating in smaller groups and choosing from local cafés and small restaurants. For dinner, either the whole group goes to the same restaurant or we divide into smaller groups with staff to sample quainter places with a variety of cuisines. 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.
We hire private air-conditioned motor coaches with a professional driver for some day excursions and use public transportation for local excursions as well.
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 Program Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any program 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.
In last summer’s surveys, 98% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!