Global Prep USA - San Diego

Spend four amazing weeks in San Diego, California.

To prepare you for 21st century world citizenship, the AFS Global Prep Program in San Diego, California, introduces you to weekly themes that educate, inform, challenge, and excite: The Environment, The Arts, Popular Culture, Career Options, and Contemporary Issues. These themes and the accompanying activities are designed specifically to increase your global competency and business knowledge in these areas of global importance.  

Students will have an opportunity to identify a personal passion, and think about a project they can implement in their local communities to make a diffference.

A focus on issues that are important to 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 firsthand the importance of an increased awareness of global concerns.

Global Prep USA Quick Facts

DATES : 17 JUL – 12 AUG 2017 (4 weeks)
AGE QUALIFICATION : You must be at least 15 but
not older than 18 upon arrival in San Diego 
LOCATION : San Diego, California, USA

The AFS Global Prep USA program fee includes housing, meals, insurance, 24-hour support,
activity/admission costs, and transportation to excursions and activities.

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. Check out a campus map.  

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.

NEW: Starting in 2017,

  • AFS USA will invite American high school students to join the program as participants.
  • Surfing and other water sports will be optional activities

Morning Classes

During your first days in the USA, you will be tested for English fluency and assigned to classes that match your language abilities. Classes have weekly themes that relate directly to the local excursions you will be joining. If you have a higher level of English skill (or, you’re even fluent), you will join classes that focus specifically on the issues and topics rather than language instruction. Teachers are certified and class size is kept to a level that makes conversation and learning comfortable for everyone.

Afternoons & Evenings

Afternoons & Evenings: During the afternoons, you’ll have a variety of fun activities (held onsite) and excursions to join. Some of the excursions include popular destinations like Balboa Park, La Jolla Shores, Embarcadero and the San Diego Zoo. Evening is fun with events such as talent shows, culture nights, and Suite/Sweet Time reflections and games.

On weekends at least one day is for a longer excursion. (Have a look at the sample schedule to get an idea of the full selection of activities and what a typical day looks like.)

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.  

NEW! Starting in 2017, students may choose surfing as an optional activity on Wednesdays.  Additional fees apply.

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, stop for a day at Disneyland. On Sunday morning, enjoy a full day touring Hollywood, Grumman’s Chinese Theater (and the famous sidewalks), Santa Monica Pier and Beach, and much more! In the early evening, head back to San Diego.

Climate in San Diego

The day temperatures are warm, even hot; but mornings and evenings are cool, and some spaces are air conditioned. You should bring a light jacket or sweater.


AFS USA has a gallery of photos from previous Global Prep USA groups on Flickr! Check them out here.

Why Wait? Sign up today!

If you’re looking for an experience that’s more than just learning English, this program is for you. It combines language learning (if you need it) along with an exploration of contemporary issues and popular culture. You’ll make new friends from around the world while experiencing new places and topics that will help you determine your future plans and your own place in the world. When you leave, you’ll be a true global citizen, ready to pursue your dreams and change the world for the better!

To learn more about fees and application procedures, please complete the form below. Since the process is different in each country, please make sure to tell us where you are currently living so that we can send you the correct information. We can't wait to hear from you!

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