Global Prep — 2019
Delve deep into global topics at the University of California, San Diego and make friends with students from around the world. You and your group of international high schoolers will explore themes related to the environment, social issues, and intercultural communication. Together you'll take part in fun trips, activities, and volunteer projects in a uniquely global, eye-opening environment. This is your chance to discover the world—and your place in it—from a college campus that's just a short walk from the beach!
You'll be welcomed at the airport by AFS Staff, and then head to an arrival orientation at the University of California, San Diego. Afterward, you'll have time to settle in to your dorm and get to know your roommates. As you soak it all in, be sure to take advantage of the hot sun and cool ocean breeze!
Your morning classes will have weekly themes that relate to your local excursions. For example, one day's discussion of contemporary issues may be followed by a visit to the US-Mexico border to learn about immigration. AFS-USA is also partnering with Ashoka Youth Ventures to help you develop new ideas that could have a positive social impact. As you learn to create change on a global scale, you could take part in projects like beach cleanup/restoration to gain insight into current environmental priorities. Each of your discussions will bring together students' perspectives from around the world, creating an opportunity to learn in a whole new way. In the final week of the program, you'll have the opportunity to identify a personal passion, and think about a project you can implement to make a difference in your own community.
You'll be living at the University of California, San Diego, located in La Jolla, just north of San Diego. A dorm at Revelle College is reserved for all Global Prep participants, who will live in same-gender suites with 10-14 other students. There will also be a staff Program Counselor in each suite to help ensure your safety.
In the afternoons where there isn't a scheduled trip, you might go shopping, surfing, or hang out at the beach with your friends. You'll also go on local excursions to places like Balboa Park and Zoo, La Jolla Shores, Embarcadero, and Torrey Pines State Reserve. On weekends, you'll have the chance to take longer trips to popular California destinations like Los Angeles, where you can spend the day touring Hollywood, Grumman's Chinese Theater, Santa Monica Pier, and more. You can even visit Disneyland and see Sleeping Beauty's castle! In the evenings, you'll have time to relax with your friends or take advantage of events like talent shows, games, and culture nights.
"Life-changing" is hard to describe, yet it's nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience.
"Transformed" is another one. When you return home, if you're like most AFSers, you'll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You'll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn't visible only to you, though - others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. "Life-changing" means it's only the beginning.
Please Note: Travel date ranges are meant to help with general scheduling and are subject to change; please don't book any travel based on these dates until you've received confirmation from AFS. All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.