Colleges and universities worldwide use TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores to determine admission decisions. Our instructors help you prepare for the test effectively. Imagine the world of possibilities this test opens up to you! This test demonstrates you have the English language skills necessary for an academic classroom. Our instructors guide you and offer you test-taking strategies. They help familiarize you with the test and allow you to practice all sections of the exam. However, don’t expect to spend your entire summer in the classroom! With this Pre-College Enrichment program, take advantage of the incredible athletic facilities and discover the collegiate energy of Westwood Village and all of LA’s excitement, including Universal Studios, Hollywood, Disneyland, Venice and Santa Monica Beaches and more. Cap it off with four days in San Diego and a two-day grand finale in Las Vegas.
This course is offered as a morning course on our Pre-College Enrichment California program on the campus of UCLA.
All classes are private and exclusive to 360° Student Travel participants only.
Along with the following morning course options listed here, there are additional courses in Fashion, STEM, Community Service and Filmmaking for students under the full day track option that follows.
Taught by UCLA Extension Instructors
Have you ever thought about one day starting your own business? This course provides you with the tools, and techniques to launch and manage your own business. You will get to develop a proposal for a new business of your choice, and to visit a company to understand and hear firsthand how they got started. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
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.
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 entrees 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! 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.
INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY
This course 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, this 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
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 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 above which results in 60 hours of service performed, or you may volunteer in the afternoons in which case 20 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 have some fun with this unique course.
* A supplementary fee of $195 applies for Surfing.
THE PRINCETON REVIEW SAT (AND ACT TOO!)**
Improving your performance on the SAT comes down to one thing: becoming a better test taker. The Princeton Review’s experts have spent countless hours thoroughly researching the test so that they can teach you how to crack it. Your instructor will help you master the content covered on the New SAT, show you Princeton Review’s exclusive test-taking strategies and give you the study tools you need to practice on your own and master what is covered in class.
Your Princeton Review 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. All lessons are focused on beating the SAT!
In addition to your course, you’ll be getting the following materials and extras:
Thinking of taking the ACT too? The Princeton Review ACT Online Prep Course is included with your summer SAT course for no additional fee. It will be available post-completion of your summer course.
**A supplementary fee of $795 applies for the SAT Preparation elective course.
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 9 days 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 60 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.
INTRODUCTION TO FILM-MAKING WITH THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY
This course, in partnership with the New York Film Academy, is taught by instructors with tremendous hands-on experience and training from the nation’s elite film schools. In your filmmaking workshops, you write, direct, shoot and edit. The program begins with intensive study in camera operation, writing and directing in preparation of the production day where you are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot a movie on the Universal Studios backlot. The course concludes with editing class and post-production.
* A supplementary fee of $495 applies for the Film Making major with the New York Film Academy. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION
POPULAR MECHANICS STEM EXPERIENCE
A collaboration between Popular Mechanics and Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel, this program provides exclusive access to the STEM world of Popular Mechanics. Experience unique tours and meet with notable executives and engineers at leading companies in the STEM field. Through hands-on sessions, gain a greater understanding of basic coding, 3D printing, wood and metal fabrication, technology, and aerospace and robotic engineering. Meet with the editors to uncover the ideas, inspiration, and logistics behind the creation of Popular Mechanics. Leave LA with a well-rounded knowledge of the career choices available in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Companies currently scheduled to work with our students include: Hollywood 3D Printing, Sphero, iFLY, Ryobi and RIDGID. CLICK HERE FOR COURSE DESCRIPTION
SEVENTEEN FASHION EXPERIENCE LA
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
Workshop #1 – 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.
Workshop #2 – College Essay Writing
As one of the top qualitative measures in the admissions process, your personal essay is an critical part of your college application. As the most important aspect of your first impression to an admissions officer, the essay is your opportunity 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 and group activities, the workshop focuses 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.
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 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.
You will receive complimentary access to these facilities.
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, the Original Farmers Market, ride the Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier. Dine at the Hard Rock Cafe and laugh non-stop from your front row seats at the IMPROV comedy club. Visit the Museum of Tolerance. 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. Learn to master Pacific waves during a day of surf lessons at Santa Monica beach. Certified instructors teach you proper techniques so you’ll be standing on the long-board in no time. Check out Beverly Hills, stroll Rodeo Drive and see Mickey at Disneyland.
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.
Rodeo Drive is a shopping district famous for designer label 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.” In 2003 Rodeo was given a massive $18 million makeover including its own version of the Walk of Fame – the ‘Rodeo Drive Walk of Style’ which honors fashion icons.
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.
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 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 (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.
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.
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 take a big whiff 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 600 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 in to the club, and membership costs thousands of dollars.
Spend a morning hangin’ ten in Santa Monica, one of the best beaches in the Los Angeles area to surf. Professional instructors teach you about technique and have you standing and catching your first wave in no time.
San Diego, California
Settle into UC San Diego, located minutes from beautiful La Jolla beach, where you will be sure to spend some time. Spend two meaningful days working with children at the Boys & Girls Club of San Diego. Spend a morning at world-famous San Diego Zoo. Venture through the Gas Lamp Quarter and check out the famous Seaport Village. Test your skills at The FlowRider – an amazing way to surf as if on a giant water treadmill. Enjoy a second opportunity to surf with professional instructors and battling your new friends at laser tag.
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.
In Madagascar, the animals from Central Park Zoo think they are in the San Diego Zoo when they land in Madagascar. The zoo is talked about in the film The Lost World: Jurassic Park. And, the first ever YouTube video was shot in San Diego Zoo and was uploaded to it.
This wonderful San Diego attraction is 14 acres and full of fun boutiques, great dining and seasonal live music events.
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 turbo-charged ride will leave you soaking wet!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Viva Las Vegas! Two great nights and lots of pool time at incredible Monte Carlo Hotel! Tour world-famous Las Vegas Blvd. – erupting volcano, insane loops of the New York – New York roller coaster, Bellagio’s dancing fountains and Venetian canals. Explore the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Dare to ride the world’s highest: choose from the Big Shot, Insanity or X-Scream 1000 feet atop the Stratosphere!
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!
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.
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 Bellagio fountains are featured in the opening scenes.
You can see an artificial volcano erupt nightly and hear the sounds of actual volcanoes erupting (a soundtrack recorded by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart) and smell pina colada. To avoid the smell of natural gas, the hotel pumps this fragrance into the air.
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 properties interior and exterior. It features a maximum drop of 144’ and hits speeds of up to 67 mph.
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.
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.
With a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean, this University also offers basketball courts and a multi-purpose field that we can utilize during our stay (track, football, soccer and ultimate Frisbee). UCSD features four-bedroom units with a shared common room and bathroom.
Located on famous Las Vegas Boulevard, “The Strip”, this pyramid-shaped hotel offers a unique way to experience the over-the-top décor for which Vegas is famous! The pool deck is one of the largest in Las Vegas, with a choice of 4 pools to enjoy – the perfect place to cool off from all the excitement and bright lights of the city!Visit Website
At Westcoast Connection nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our 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.
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 from Las Vegas, we offer a chaperoned flight back to the New York area. You may choose to join that flight and arrange transfers (if required) at suitable times after it lands; or you may fly from Las Vegas directly to your home city and our leaders help you to check in and remain in the airport until flights in designated times have departed.
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.
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.
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.
|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
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.
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!
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 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!
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!
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 cafeteria and at restaurants and hotels in San Diego and Las Vegas. 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.
You will travel to off-campus courses or excursions by passenger van or school bus while in Los Angeles and on a highway coach in San Diego and Las Vegas.
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.
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.
In last summer’s surveys, 98% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!