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    Application Deadline
  • 14 days
American University Experience from University of California, San Diego is a summer 2- or 3-week UC San Diego academic and residential immersion program which gives you the opportunity to further develop your academic English and critical thinking skills while also experiencing many other aspects of university life in Southern California. 
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Are you a secondary school student, aged 15-17 years old, who would like to learn more about studying at a top U.S. university while improving your English for academic purposes?

Study at UC San Diego, live in the dorms, receive admissions advising, and visit Southern California universities. 

Prospective students

Prospective American University Experience  from University of California students must have an intermediate level of English. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

What this program includes:

  • On-campus housing
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at campus cafeteria
  • UC San Diego English Language Institute academic instruction each weekday
  • Chaperoned field trips to universities and cultural sights
  • Guest speakers on American social and academic culture
  • Discussions with current matriculated UC San Diego students
  • U.S. university admission workshops, including advising on applying to UC San Diego
  • Transportation to and from scheduled field trips 
  • Constant adult supervision
  • All instructional materials

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • To be accepted to American University Experience, you must first take an online English proficiency test to demonstrate that you have at least intermediate English proficiency.  
  • Provide a completed English Recommendation Form from a secondary school English instructor, verifying you have an intermediate English proficiency level equivalent to a B1 on the CEFR. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4900 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4900 USD for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • National

    4900 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4900 USD for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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