This Global Prep USA Program sets you on a path to success in your studies and career. The programme explores contemporary global issues and culture and at the same time provides you with an opportunity to make new friends from around the world and engage with them in understanding more about their world. When you leave, you’ll be ready to pursue your dreams and change the world for the better!
A focus on issues that are important to people of your generation
During Environment Week, you will engage in activities that mix fun with important project activity. You’ll participate in a beach cleanup/restoration while also discussing competing priorities regarding the environment. During the Contemporary Issues week, you’ll visit the border of the USA and Mexico and discuss immigration, an issue that poses a critical challenge to the US government – and an increasing number of governments around the world. In all themes and activities, you will study and experience first hand the importance of an increased awareness of global concerns.
Morning Classes: Classes have weekly themes that relate directly to the local excursions and activities of the week. Weekly themes include the environment and pressing contemporary issues such as Immigration. These themes and the accompanying activities are designed specifically to increase competency, sensitivity and business knowledge in areas of global importance. During these theme-based experiences, students have an opportunity to identify personal passions and work toward designing a project they can implement in their local communities.
Afternoons & Evenings: During the afternoons, students have a variety of fun activities (held onsite) and excursions (offsite). Evenings are filled with events such as talent shows, culture nights, and Suite/Sweet Time reflections and games.
You Pick Wednesdays
Sometimes it’s fun to not have anything scheduled – a time to relax or spend time with your new friends. On Wednesday afternoons, everyone has an opportunity to choose between a shopping outing, a beach outing, or to stay back at the dorm to rest and do personal things. Some “You-Pick” time is also scheduled on weekends.
Students may also choose surfing as an optional activity. (Additional fees and paperwork required).
Exploring San Diego and beyond
Some of the offsite excursions include popular destinations like Balboa Park, La Jolla Shores, Embarcadero, Cabrillo National Monument and the San Diego Zoo.
Let’s Go to Hollywood!
A visit to California wouldn’t seem complete without a visit to the world capital of entertainment, Los Angeles. Students leave early on a Saturday morning and on the way to the City of Angels and stop for a day at Disneyland. On Sunday morning, you’ll enjoy a full day touring Hollywood, Grumman’s Chinese Theater (and the famous sidewalks), Santa Monica Pier and Beach, and much more! Heading back to San Diego in the early evening.
Location & Housing
The program is held at the University of California, San Diego, located in La Jolla just north of San Diego. This is a very large and popular university campus and, as a bonus, it’s very close to the beach! AFS participants are housed in Revelle College.
AFS reserves a single dorm building for Global Prep USA participants and all students are housed in suites of 10-15 students per suite. A suite will have all students of the same gender. A staff Program Counselor (PC) will have a room in the suite as well. The PC is responsible for ensuring your safety during the night. Of course, there are common areas where you can socialize anytime.