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U.S. West Winter Camp

Overview:
The OCSEP U.S. Winter Camp encompasses two major cities along American West Coast!LA and San Francisco. Due to its Mediterranean climate, California has beautiful weather in the winter time. Students will receive an introduction to the best of American higher education!but also an introduction to American history and culture. The trip is perfect for students who plan to attend a U.S. university, but have never visited the U.S. before.

Features:
•Immersion in English language and American culture
•Interaction with the diverse population that makes the U.S. a "melting pot"
•Touring around California and visiting iconic locations
•Visiting the nation's top universities including UC Berkeley, Stanford, USC and more!

Sightseeing:

Los Angeles / Surrounding Area
The University of California, Los Angeles, commonly shortened to UCLA, is ranked as the second best public university in the nation and offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs over a wide range of disciplines.

Venice Beach is a popular beach destination and features the Ocean Front Walk, a two-and-a-half mile pedestrian-only promenade which features performers, fortune tellers, artists and vendors.

Universal Studios, also known as Universal Pictures, is one of the six major movie studios and is the oldest movie studio in the United States of America.

The Santa Monica Pier is a large, double-jointed pier which contains Pacific Park!a family amusement park with a large Ferris wheel,  a carousel from the 1920s, an aquarium, shops, entertainers, an arcade, a trapeze school, a pub, and restaurants.

The California Science Center is a museum located in Exposition Park and is the largest hands-on science center on the West Coast. 

The University of Southern California, commonly referred to as USC,

Beverly Hills is a town which is entirely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles and is the location of some of the nicest and expensive neighborhoods and shops in the LA area.

Rodeo Drive is a shopping district in Beverly Hills which is known for designer label and haute couture fashion.

Hollywood, also known as Tinseltown, became world-famous as the center of the United States film industry by 1920 and is home to the iconic Walk of Fame and Hollywood Sign which overlooks the city.

Grauman's Chinese Theater, located on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, opened in 1927 and has been home to many famous movie premiers.

Disneyland, a theme park featuring worlds like Frontierland, Tomorrowland, and Fantasyland, was designed by Walt Disney himself and is commonly referred to as the "Happiest Place on Earth."


San Francisco / Bay Area
Chinatown is a neighborhood in San Francisco which was established in 1848 and is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.

Fisherman's Wharf roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco and contains popular locations like the Aquatic Park, Ghirardelli Square, the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum and Pier 39 shops and attractions.

Alcatraz Island, the location of the famous prison that once housed some of America's most dangerous criminals because of its inaccessibility to the outside world, is now one of the top tourist attractions where people can take boat tours to see the island and prison.

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Wells Fargo Museum is located on the site where Wells Fargo first opened in 1852 and features a stagecoach that carried passengers and gold across western plains, an impressive display of gold dust and ore from California's Gold Country and a special collection of Gold Rush letters carried by hundreds of express companies.

Union Square is a cosmopolitan gathering place in downtown San Francisco which is one of the largest collections of department stores, boutiques, gift shops and art galleries in the United States and among the world's premier shopping districts.

The Computer History Museum was established in 1996 and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the stories and artifacts of the information age as well as to exploring the computing revolution and its impact on society

Intel Corporation, an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation, is the largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker based on revenue in the world.

NASA's Ames Research Center is a major research center that was founded in 1939 and plays a role in many of NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.

The University of California, Berkeley, also known as UC Berkeley or as CAL, is the oldest university in the UC system and is ranked as the best public university in the United States according the U.S. News and World Reports annual National University rankings.

Stanford University is a private research university and is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and the world.

Cannery Row, once the waterfront street lined sardine canning factories, is now a tourist destination with historic attractions and plenty of restaurants and hotels, many of which are located in former cannery buildings.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984 on Cannery Row and holds thousands of plants and animals, representing 623 separately named species on display.

Schedule:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Morning Flight to LA UCLA visit Universal Studios visit Visit Fender in Corona Disneyland visit USC visit Long Beach daytrip
Afternoon Arrive in LA Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood tour, movie at Grauman's Chinese Theater Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier California Science Center Boat trip
Evening Relax Relax Relax Relax Relax Relax Relax
Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
Morning Bus Drive to San Francisco Day tour of city: Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Visit Intel, Stanford University Federal Reserve Tour, (limited to 30 people),  Climb Mount Davidson Day trip to Monterey, Cannery Row, visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium Visit Union Square
Afternoon Relax Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge Computer History Museum, NASA Exploration Center(as time allows) Wells Fargo Museum, visit to UC Berkeley Relax free time for shopping
Evening Relax Relax Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Relax Farewell party

Info:
Duration: winter 2013
Organizer: OCSEP Education
Target Students: Pre-A, AS, A2 students


If you represent a school or are an interested student please email camp@ocsep.com for further information.

 

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