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Pre-College Enrichment

Pre-College Enrichment California On The Campus Of UCLA & College Preview Week In Boston - 28 Days

Pre-College Enrichment California On The Campus Of UCLA & College Preview Week In Boston
28 Days
$7,299

plus airfare to Los Angeles, from Los Angeles to Boston and home from Boston.

  • Completing Grades

    9, 10, 11, 12

  • Departure Dates
    June 30 - July 27
  • What's Included
    Price Includes

    All lodging, breakfast & dinner daily, all recreation listed, entertainment (including day and weekend excursions), UCLA athletic facilities, on-campus Wi-Fi, campus identification fee, airport transfers in designated times, gratuities and taxes. Supplementary fees for specific courses apply as follows: Surfing $195, SAT Prep $795, Coding $195 and Introduction to Filmmaking with New York Film Academy $495.

    Exclusive Classes

    All classes on this program are private and exclusive to Westcoast Connection students.

    Accommodations

    UCLA Residence – 20 Nights
    BU Residence – 7 Nights

    Transportation

    Travel to off-campus courses and excursions by passenger van or school bus while in L.A. and by occasional private motor coach and public transportation in Boston.

    Certificate of Completion

    Receive a letter of completion for your courses. Westcoast Connection staff are pleased to write letters of recommendation. For those who choose community service, a letter is issued for the hours completed.

    Similar Program

    If you prefer an alternative for your fourth week, after 21 days in L.A., travel to San Diego and Las Vegas for a final week of adventure.

    For shorter options, you can join us for the first three weeks of this program, Pre-College Enrichment California – 21 Day or the first two weeks, see Pre-College Enrichment California – 14 Day.

UCLA Summer Program for Students

Come experience a world-class college stay at UCLA and get a sneak peek at college life! Explore your personal interests with your choice of one morning course and one afternoon course or a full-day track option. With this summer program for high school students, take advantage of the incredible athletic facilities and discover the collegiate energy of the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. Follow the stars at Universal Studios and CityWalk. Check out Hollywood & Highland, the Original Farmers Market, ride the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier and laugh it up at Disneyland. Soak up the sun, fun and real characters at Venice and Santa Monica Beaches. Enjoy your final week visiting prestigious Boston area colleges and universities and having a blast doing it!

Choose either a full-day track option, or a morning and an afternoon course

  • All classes are private and exclusive to Westcoast Connection participants only.

Full-Day Track Option (11 Sessions) – 9:30AM – 3:30PM

  • Introduction to Filmmaking with The New York Film Academy
  • Television and Film Industry: From Scriptwriting to Production
  • Community Service
  • College Prep Intensive

Morning Courses (11 SESSIONS) – 9:30AM – 11:30AM

  • Business: Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Mastering Public Speaking
  • Cooking with Sur La Table
  • College Prep
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Introduction to U.S. Law
  • TOEFL Preparation

Afternoon Courses (11 SESSIONS) – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

  • College Prep
  • L.A. Digital Photography
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Community Service
  • The Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!)
  • Sports Management
  • Improv with The Second City
  • Independent Workout
  • Surfing

Tools to prep for college – included in your tuition

  • Two College Workshops – Choosing the Right School & College Application Process and College Essay Writing
  • Complimentary college counseling in a small group session with Westcoast Connection’s resident college advisor
  • Two guided campus visits included – USC and Caltech
  • Five Boston area campus visits included – MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Northeastern, BU
  • College Prep is available to all students as a morning or afternoon course choice and includes a one-on-one college counseling session
  • The Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!) is available to all students as an afternoon course choice (Supplementary fee of $795 applies)

UCLA Campus & Residence – 20 Nights

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

Stay Active: UCLA Athletic & Recreation Facilities

  • Receive complimentary access to UCLA’s world-class facilities. Enjoy their strength & condition zone that includes weight training equipment, cardio machines and stretching mats. Refresh in the pool or break a sweat on the basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, racquetball and squash courts. Try out the climbing wall or hang out in the games lounge.
  • Join in the games – Our Sports Coordinator organizes games of basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and more.

Exciting Day & Weekend Excursions - All included in your tuition!

  • Enjoy Los Angeles highlights - Hollywood & Highland and Mann’s Chinese Theater, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier and Ferris wheel, Manhattan Beach, Original Farmer's Market, Universal Studios with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and CityWalk, Dodgers baseball game, Rodeo Drive, the IMPROV Comedy Club, Disneyland, Raging Waters water park, Museum of Tolerance, Surfing at Santa Monica Beach.

Final Week

  • Incredible College Preview Week in Boston
  • Alternate Final Week in San Diego & Las Vegas

COLLEGE PREVIEW WEEK IN BOSTON

  • Guided Campus Visits- Boston University, Tufts University, Northeastern University, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Complimentary college counseling in small groups
  • Boston University Residence 7-night stay to explore the city
  • Boston highlights include: Blue Man Group show, Amphibian DUCK tour, Quincy Market, New England Aquarium, Newbury Street, Harvard Square, Hampton Beach and more!
  • Choose either a full-day track option, or a morning and an afternoon course

    All classes are private and exclusive to Westcoast Connection students only. Morning courses meet from 9:30am to 11:30am. Afternoon courses meet from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Full-Day Track meets from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

  • Full-Day Track Options (11 Sessions) 9:30am – 3:30pm

    INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING WITH THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY

    New York Film Academy instructors with tremendous experience and training from the nation’s elite film schools teach you to write, direct, shoot and edit. Intensive study of camera operation, screenwriting and directing prepare you for the production day, where you enjoy the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to shoot a movie on the Universal Studios backlot. The course concludes with editing and post production work.

    A supplementary fee of $495 applies for Filmmaking with the New York Film Academy.

    TELEVISION AND FILM INDUSTRY: FROM SCRIPTWRITING TO PRODUCTION

    This New York Film Academy course provides extensive knowledge of how Hollywood movies and TV shows are created. Students start by learning the different types of producers in TV and film, the roles they perform and the legal requirements they often face in the entertainment industry. Students will experience producing through hands-on projects and guest lectures from industry professionals. They also learn the process of development – moving from a logline to a script, working with writers, creating a pitch – through building a business plan/show bible as a tool to sell a project. Students will also be able to understand the difference in producing scripted entertainment versus reality TV.

    COMMUNITY SERVICE

    Service is offered as a Full-Day Track or afternoon option. As a Full-Day Track, perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. Projects are finalized in the spring; those currently planned are several days working with the children at the Boys & Girls Club and a few days helping to maintain and beautify gardens in local schools with Enrich LA. You make a difference in the lives of those we serve. A letter recognizing 60 hours of service is issued. We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    COLLEGE PREP INTENSIVE

    Get an extra leg up on the college application process. Combine the morning College Prep and afternoon Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!) courses.

  • Morning Course Options (11 Sessions) - 9:30am - 11:30am

    BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Ever think about one day starting your own business? This course provides you with tools and techniques for launching and managing your own business. Develop a proposal for a business of your choosing and visit a company to understand and hear firsthand how they got started.

    INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

    What shapes your thoughts and behavior? This course introduces basic concepts in psychology and explores the different types including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, 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 included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

    MASTERING PUBLIC SPEAKING

    This hands-on course of workshops helps students become comfortable, confident and masterful presenters. The principles presented apply to business settings as well as to other activities in daily life. Learn to focus, prepare and deliver a presentation. Students practice exercises designed specifically for them, have the opportunity to make brief presentations, receive constructive feedback and personal coaching from the instructor, deal with emotional and mental blocks to delivering presentations, and be more in tune with oneself, the audience and the material.

    COOKING WITH SUR LA TABLE

    From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrées or delicious desserts, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our 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!

    COLLEGE PREP

    You may choose this as a morning or afternoon course.

    This comprehensive college 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, and navigating the application process. Additional lessons emphasize finding and applying for scholarships and aid, understanding the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and making sure you are on the right track in high school. Improve your study skills, including listening, memorization, time management, planning, note taking, test-taking strategies and critical thinking. Visit two local universities to see the differences in programs, campus size and to speak with admissions officers to hear firsthand what schools look for. This is all tied together as you receive a personalized roadmap through one-on-one counseling. An experienced college advisor guides you on finding the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.

    INTRODUCTION TO CODING

    This program is designed for high school students who are passionate about improving their computer science skills and learning to code. Through this program, students will understand the business need of coding (Web programming) and will be able to develop Web programs with basic front-end and back-end Web programming technologies. Students will be working in teams to develop the Web programming projects of their choice. At the conclusion of the program, each team will present their project in front of a panel from tech companies.

    A supplementary fee of $195 applies for the Introduction to Coding course.

    INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LAW

    This interactive course combines an introduction to the framework of the U.S. legal system with an exploration of special topics in law. Through lectures, case studies, evidence-based exercises and simulations, students will learn about the scope of laws, how they evolve, and apply these lessons to current legal issues relevant to their everyday lives. Students also have an opportunity to observe a court hearing, present an oral argument, and meet attorneys and judges. After an investigation of some of the complexities, challenges and strengths of the U.S. legal system, the program concludes with an interactive panel on legal career pathways.

    TOEFL PREPARATION

    This course is designed for non-native English-speaking students interested in attending an English-speaking college or university and to help prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Thousands of schools worldwide rely on TOEFL scores to assist in admission decisions. Imagine the possibilities this test opens up to you as it demonstrates you have the English language skills necessary for an academic classroom. Our instructors guide you and offer you test-taking strategies, help you familiarize yourself with the test, and allow you to practice all sections of the exam.

  • Afternoon Course Options (11 Sessions) - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

    COLLEGE PREP

    You may choose this as an afternoon or morning course.

    This comprehensive college 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, and navigating the application process. Additional lessons emphasize finding and applying for scholarships and aid, understanding the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and making sure you are on the right track in high school. Improve your study skills, including listening, memorization, time management, planning, note taking, test-taking strategies and critical thinking. Visit two local universities to see the differences in programs, campus size and to speak with admissions officers to hear firsthand what schools look for. This is all tied together as you receive a personalized roadmap through one-on-one counseling. An experienced college advisor guides you on finding the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.

    L.A. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    For anyone with a passion for photography, no matter your level, learn about digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur). Beyond the classroom, the course includes fieldwork in L.A. to delve into the art of street photography. From Venice Beach to the downtown Fashion District, explore and develop your creativity while learning and practicing technical camera skills. The course also focuses on portraiture, as you step into a professional studio to learn about different lighting techniques and hit Hollywood Boulevard to test your skills.

    A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

    SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

    Social networking sites contain millions of user profiles. This course looks at the new channels of marketing, advertising and communication that make up social media and the Web, exploring how these tools fit into a company’s traditional integrated marketing strategy. Using case studies and real-world examples from large corporations and small business, students explore current examples and future opportunities of how marketing professionals embrace online social networks, user-generated content and content sharing to create brand awareness and buzz. Students will also learn practical tips and techniques to help successfully leverage social media marketing for their own environment and purpose.

    COMMUNITY SERVICE

    Service is offered as an afternoon option or Full-Day Track. As an afternoon course, 22 hours of service are performed. Projects are finalized in the spring and may include working with the children at a Boys & Girls Club, organizing donations at the LA Food Bank or other meaningful work that makes a real difference.

    THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT (AND ACT TOO!)

    Improve your SAT performance by becoming a better test taker. Learn Princeton Review’s exclusive strategies. Your instructor will help you master the test through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. You will better understand math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams and your instructor will teach proven test-taking techniques. In addition to your course, you get the following materials and extras:

    • Talented, dynamic instructor and proven Princeton Review methods and strategies
    • 4 full-length Diagnostic Exams, with detailed computer analysis of the results
    • The Princeton Review Course Material and Workbooks
    • 24/7 access to the new adaptive student portal. With 240 online drills and over 2,000 online practice questions, you’ll have everything you need to practice and familiarize yourself with the test.
    • The Princeton Review ACT Self-Paced Online Prep Course is included with your summer SAT course for no additional fee. It will be available after your summer course.

    A supplementary fee of $795 applies for the Princeton Review.

    SPORTS MANAGEMENT

    This course focuses on the sports industries and provides students with an overview of the principles of business including finance, marketing and technology, as seen through the lens of professional sports. Students will learn the nuts and bolts of professional sports entities that make billions of dollars entertaining everyone around the world. Topics explored through a combination of lectures, case studies and guest speakers are producing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, the fan experience, sports law and more.

    IMPROV WITH THE SECOND CITY

    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 a 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 is 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.

    INDEPENDENT WORKOUT

    Enjoy access to UCLA’s recreational facilities. Plan your workout regimen including weight training and cardio to help meet your fitness goals.

    SURFING

    Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? This course heads to Santa Monica Beach where you learn how to improve balance and technique and perfect your form in no time. All levels of ability are welcome.

    A supplementary fee of $195 applies for Surfing.

  • Tools To Prep For College

    INCLUDED IN YOUR TUITION

    TWO COLLEGE WORKSHOPS

    WORKSHOP #1 – CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL & COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS – Choosing the college that is the right fit for your academic and personal interests is the first step in the application process and requires careful research and self-evaluation. This interactive workshop provides you with tools and resources to develop a list of criteria that is integral to choosing appropriate colleges to consider. Explore the basic elements of the college application and learn the ins and outs of the Common Application. Develop your academic/co-curricular profile, learn how to craft a high caliber application and set up your timeline for completion of applications, supplements and essays.

    WORKSHOP #2 – COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING – Explore different essay topics and strategies to write a proper admission essay that distinguishes you. As one of the top qualitative measures in the admissions process, your personal essay is an integral part of your application. As a critical aspect of your first impression to an admissions officer, the essay is an opportunity for you to share your stories, adding greater depth and dimension to your application. This workshop includes an overview of fundamental writing skills using real examples of college essays. The focus is on practical tips for writing a great college essay, including finding your voice, brainstorming essay ideas, understanding the prompts, focusing on a theme and the importance of editing and proofreading.

    COMPLIMENTARY COLLEGE COUNSELING
    Get complimentary college counseling in a small group session with Westcoast Connection’s resident college advisor who shares expertise and tips with you about the college admissions process.

    CAMPUS VISITS
    Learn about what to look for on campus visits so you can select the college that best fits you. Visit USC and Caltech during your stay on the campus of UCLA to see the differences in programs, campus size and to speak with admissions officers to hear firsthand what schools look for. Visit and receive guided tours of five additional campuses during College Preview Week: Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern and Tufts.

    COLLEGE PREP – AVAILABLE AS A MORNING OR AFTERNOON COURSE
    This comprehensive course covers sessions on creating your college resume, writing the perfect college essay, and finding and applying for scholarships and aid. Additional lessons address the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service, so you can make sure you’re on the right track in high school. This course includes a one-on-one college counseling session with Westcoast Connection’s resident college advisor who will help guide you on finding the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.

    THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT (AND ACT TOO!) – AVAILABLE AS AN AFTERNOON COURSE
    Become a better test taker through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. Review math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams as your Princeton Review instructor teaches proven test-taking techniques and strategies. Lessons are focused on beating the SAT! The Princeton Review ACT live-online prep course is included with your SAT course.

    A supplementary fee of $795 applies for Princeton Review.

  • Stay Active: UCLA Athletic & Recreation Facilities

    You receive complimentary access to UCLA’s world-class facilities.

    Enjoy their strength & condition zone that includes weight training equipment, cardio machines and stretching mats. Refresh in the pool or break a sweat on the basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, racquetball and squash courts. Try out the climbing wall or hang out in the games lounge.

    Join in the games – Our Sports Coordinator organizes games of basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and more.

    YOU’LL HAVE FREE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES:

    • John Wooden Sports & Recreation Center
    • Bruin Fitness Center
    • Sunset Canyon Pool & Recreation Area
    • Sunset Canyon/South/Sycamore Tennis Courts
    • Drake Track Stadium
    • Intramural Fields

    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THESE INCREDIBLE FACILITIES.

  • EXCITING DAY AND WEEKEND EXCURSIONS

    ALL INCLUDED IN YOUR TUITION!

    LOS ANGELES HIGHLIGHTS

    Mann’s Chinese Theater
    In front of Mann’s Chinese Theater, there are celebrity handprints 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 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 five-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 2016), payable at time of selection, is collected to pay for the creation and installation of the star, as well as general maintenance.

    Rodeo Drive
    Rodeo Drive is a shopping district famous for designer labels and haute couture fashion. Rodeo Drive is home to the most expensive store in the world, “Bijan”. You have to book an appointment in advance and on average, shoppers spend $100,000. If you listen closely to a scene in the movie “Pretty Woman,” you will hear a line that says: “Via Rodeo is the first new street built in Beverly Hills in 75 years.” Rodeo Drive includes its own version of the Walk of Fame – the ‘Rodeo Drive Walk of Style’, which honors fashion icons.

    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 352’ long and the letters are 44’ tall.

    IMPROV Comedy Club
    Nearly every big name in comedy has played the IMPROV, including Drew Carey, George Carlin, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Rodney Dangerfield, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Joan Rivers and Jerry Seinfeld. Our groups have seen such stars as Jay Leno and Louis C.K. as well as rising stars from Girl Code and Last Comic Standing! Get ready to laugh it up!

    Museum of Tolerance
    The Museum of Tolerance is a multimedia museum designed to examine racism and prejudice in the United States and the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust. The Museum of Tolerance is the only facility of its kind in the world.

    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 at Muscle Beach.

    Diddy Riese
    Diddy Riese (often called Diddy’s) is a popular ice cream spot 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. Video 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 3-D. 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.

    Disneyland
    Spend the day at the happiest place on earth. Disneyland is the 2nd most visited park in the world, behind the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Great rides include Indiana Jones, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain. Disneyland holds the distinction of being the only theme park to be designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. In fact, he had an apartment above the fire station on Main Street. Whenever he was in the park, a light would be on in the window. That light now burns all the time in his honor. Speaking of Main Street, U.S.A., don’t forget to enjoy the sweet scents outside of the Candy Palace and Ice Cream Parlor, as the park pumps vanilla into the air from underground vents. Currently the park has been visited by more than 650 million guests, including presidents, royalty and other heads of state. Every year, guests at Disneyland consume an estimated 3 million hamburgers, 2 million hot dogs, 6.5 million orders of French fries, 1.6 million servings of popcorn, 3.2 million servings of ice cream, 1.9 million gallons of soft drinks and 2.8 million churros. The park does not sell chewing gum because Walt wanted to prevent guests from stepping in it! After you get off Pirates of the Caribbean, see if you can find the exclusive Club 33. This restaurant is members only. It takes years of being on a waiting list to get into the club and membership costs thousands of dollars.

    Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex
    The Hollywood & Highland Center is an entertainment complex and shopping area at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in the Hollywood district in Los Angeles. It is one of the most visited sites in L.A. and is home to the famous DOLBY Theatre which hosts the glamour and glitz of the Academy Awards.

    Santa Monica Pier and Ferris Wheel
    As a local landmark for over 100 years, this famous entertainment pier is best known for its famous Ferris wheel. From 130 feet over the pier, this solar-powered Ferris wheel gives visitors a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline.

    Dodgers Baseball Game
    Enjoy a professional Major League game in Dodger Stadium.

    Surfing
    Spend a morning hangin’ ten. Professional instructors teach you about technique and have you standing and catching your first wave in no time.

  • Final Week: College Preview Week In Boston

    Continue exploring your future college path by flying to Boston and touring Boston University, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern and Tufts.

    Stay at Boston University, and along with these campus tours, enjoy exciting Boston highlights and receive additional college counseling from our college advisor.

    Join up with students coming from our Pre-College Enrichment program in Montreal who after their first 3 weeks are heading to College Preview Week in Boston as well.

    STAY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE – 7 NIGHTS

    BU is on the banks of the Charles River and is a great location from which to explore this city. Your residence “1019 Commonwealth Avenue” has air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

    GUIDED CAMPUS VISITS

    Boston University
    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.

    Harvard University
    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!

    MIT
    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.

    Northeastern University
    This private not-for-profit university located in Boston offers over 90 programs and global learning opportunities in 92 countries around the world.

    Tufts University
    This university is recognized as a leader in American higher education and is a blend of a research university and a liberal arts college.

    COLLEGE COUNSELING

    Westcoast Connection’s resident college advisor continues to share expertise and tips with you about the college admissions process.

    BOSTON EXCITING ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS

    Newbury Street
    Walk the historic street filled with trendy shops and restaurants that lead you to the beautiful Boston Public Garden.

    Harvard Square
    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.

    Blue Man Group
    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.

    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 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.

    Freedom Trail
    Take a walk through history as you explore the historic monuments and markers from colonial Boston.

    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!

    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.

    There is an additional cost for the flight from Los Angeles to Boston. Call us at 800-767-0227 for more details.

  • Alternative Final Week In San Diego & Las Vegas

    INCLUDED IN YOUR TUITION!

    SAN DIEGO HIGHLIGHTS

    San Diego Zoo
    The San Diego Zoo houses over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. It is also one of the few zoos with giant pandas. Don’t miss the Polar Bear Plunge exhibit that includes 30 species of animals representing the Arctic and an underwater viewing area to see the polar bears swimming. You start with a guided tour that traverses 75% of the park by bus. Don’t miss the gondola, called the Skyfari, for an aerial view.

    Seaport Village
    This wonderful San Diego attraction is 14 acres and full of fun boutiques, great dining and live music events.

    Laser Tag
    Step into a high-tech laser tag adventure. Dodge lasers and strategize with teammates as you compete for high scores with fog filling a dark labyrinth of corridors and ramps.

    Jet Boat Thrill Ride
    Take a high speed tour of the San Diego Bay on an open-air jet boat. This turbocharged ride will leave you soaking wet!

    UC San Diego Campus Tour
    Tour the campus of UC San Diego, one of the world’s leading public research universities. Located in beautiful La Jolla, steps away from the Pacific Ocean, this university is home to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, one of the oldest and largest research centers for ocean and earth sciences. See for yourself why it is consistently ranked as a top choice for students by various university rankings.

    LAS VEGAS HIGHLIGHTS

    Stratosphere Tower
    Soar more than 100 floors above the Stratosphere. The Stratosphere Tower is the tallest observation tower in the U.S. and one of the most exciting attractions among Vegas Strip hotels!

    • Big Shot – Shoots passengers straight up 160’ at 45 mph until they are 1,081′ above the Strip.
    • X-Scream – A giant teeter-totter that propels you 27’ over the edge of the Tower, 866’ above the ground.
    • Insanity, the Ride – A massive mechanical arm extends 64’ over the edge of the Tower and spins you at a force of 3 G’s for a truly mind-bending experience.

    Forum Shops
    The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is a luxury mall with more than 160 shops and high fashion boutiques. This was the first destination mall on The Strip. It is one of the most successful high-end shopping malls in the United States. Make sure to check out the talking and moving statues of Venus, Apollo, Bacchus, Neptune and other classical deities “acting” in sound and light shows. Also make sure to look up as the sky changes from day to night.

    Bellagio
    Inside Bellagio, Dale Chihuly’s Fiori di Como is composed of over 2,000 hand blown glass flowers, covering 2,000 sq. ft. of the lobby ceiling.

    The Fountains of Bellagio is a choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. The fountains are set in a 9-acre manmade lake. Below the lake is a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles and more than 4,500 lights. The Bellagio and its fountains are featured in films Lucky You and 21 and prominently in the film Ocean’s Eleven. In Bolt, the hotel, together with its fountains, is shown while the song Barking at the Moon is playing. In The Hangover, the Fountains of Bellagio are featured in the opening scenes.

    Mirage
    You can see an artificial volcano erupt nightly and hear the sounds of actual volcanoes erupting.

    New York, New York
    The skyline of this hotel includes the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. In front of the property a 150’ tall replica of the Statue of Liberty, the Main Immigration Building on Ellis Island and Grand Central Terminal. The roller coaster travels through the property’s interior and exterior. It features a maximum drop of 144’ and hits speeds of up to 67 mph.

    Venetian
    Browse the 500,000 sq. ft. Grand Canal Shoppes or take a gondola ride that will make you believe you’re on one of our European programs.

    Blue Man Group
    Cap the program off with a Las Vegas 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.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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 scenic 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, or UCLA, is considered as one of the flagship institutions of the University of California with over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With approximately 31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students, UCLA is the largest university in the state of California. UCLA student-athletes compete as the Bruins. The Bruins have won 134 national championships, including 113 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.

*Note that this summer program for high school students is operated by Westcoast Connection. While students stay at a UCLA residence, use UCLA classrooms, athletic facilities and business, psychology, coding, law, sports management, public speaking and marketing courses are taught by UCLA Extension instructors, this is not a UCLA program and responsibility for the program resides solely with Westcoast Connection.

Boston University (BU) – Boston, Massachusetts

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!

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

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.

Flight To Los Angeles And From Boston

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 your return home from Boston, we include airport transfer for flights in designated times and our leaders help you to check in and remain in the airport until flights depart.

Enriching Courses, Engaging Instructors

Course offerings cover a diverse range of academic disciplines and interests so you can explore your passion, whether it’s business, photography, psychology or social media marketing to name a few. We work with highly qualified instructors so courses are taught by university faculty, graduate teaching instructors, secondary school teachers, local industry professionals and specialists. Students receive a letter of completion for courses taken. Westcoast Connection staff is pleased to write letters of recommendation. For those who choose community service options, a letter is issued for the hours completed.

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
8:00 AM – Wake Up
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Breakfast
9:30 AM – 11:30AM – Morning Course
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Afternoon Course
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Student's Choice (Sports, Fitness Center, Free Time, Special Activities)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
11:30 PM – Curfew
8:00AM – Wake Up
8:30AM – Breakfast
9:30AM – 3:30PM – Full Day Option
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Student's Choice (Sports, Fitness Center, Free Time, Special Activities)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM – Evening Activities (Group or Several Options)
11:30 PM – 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 activity highlights. Staying on campus in a college residence gives you the opportunity to experience college life, preparing you for what’s ahead! Attend the courses of your choice, meet new people, share a dorm room, use the gym and sports facilities, all while getting acquainted with the campus grounds. 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 district of Los Angeles.

Balance of Independence & Structure

Getting a sneak peek at college life wouldn’t be complete without gaining some independence. Within structured daily schedules, our summer leaders provide guidance and supervision and are always available at designated meeting spots. This means that, together with your classmates, you’ll be able to navigate your way around campus, and explore neighboring sights, restaurants and cafes. Our tightly knit groups also come together for evening meals and activities, making it easy for our students to meet and build lasting friendships!

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 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 tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast & dinner daily, 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!

Exciting Day & Weekend Excursions

With 36 years of experience creating perfectly-planned summer programs, students will also take in the sights, impressive weekend and day trips, all included in the program tuition. Considering travel as education in itself, students get to immerse themselves in a new city for an overall enriching experience. This study - travel balance is unique as, when not in class, our groups can be seen enjoying California’s most famous beaches, having a ball at Universal Studios and simply having the summer of a lifetime!

Food & Meals

A big part of your Pre-College Enrichment 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 are served at the UCLA and BU cafeterias.  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 and on an occasional private coach or public transportation in Boston.

Laundry

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 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.

We Deliver – 98% Approval Rating!

In last summer’s surveys, 98% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!

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