FUTURE SCHOLARS SUMMER ACADEMY
August 4th to August 24th, 2013
Attending university in a foreign country is an exciting and rewarding experience, but it is also a tremendous challenge learning how to live and prosper in a culture and system that is very different from that to which a person is accustomed. Even routine activities such as ordering a meal at a restaurant or taking a public bus to the beach can be intimidating, while more complex undertakings such as determining which university will best meet your needs and figuring out complex application procedures and how to best present yourself to increase chances of acceptance can be an overwhelming task. Once attending university in the United States, the common American focus on innovative thinking, creativity, leadership, questioning, discussion, research, and debate can be daunting to those who have grown up in a different culture.
The Future Scholars Academy at UCLA has been specifically established to prepare students to attend university in the United States. Our three week summer program is offered to qualified international students who have completed their first year of high school prior to August 1st, 2013. The program will, through courses and seminars offered each day, provide participants an intensive exposure to American culture and life, conversational English for an academic environment, and an introduction to university research and innovative thinking. It will also provide an opportunity to interact with UCLA faculty and students and meet other foreign students who will describe their experiences attending an American University.
The program is hosted by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) which is one of the top research universities in the United States. In addition to core courses taught each day, seminars designed to help students choose and apply to the universities in the United States that are best suited to their skills and interests will be provided. Field trips to local universities and meetings with admissions officers will be arranged.
The program includes many cultural activities in addition to the academic courses and seminars. These include a tour of Los Angeles, full day visits to Disneyland, Universal Studios and a visit to the Getty Museum, as well as attendance at plays and movies in the UCLA neighborhood of Westwood and a BBQ and other social events on campus.
The program includes health insurance, double occupancy dorm rooms, all meals (with a large choice of international selections), special welcoming and graduation banquets, an official graduation diploma, and all meals during weekend and evening excursions. Resident Advisors will reside with the students to provide guidance, counseling, and coordination of all activities. Participants will have complete access to UCLA's world class recreational facilities including large Olympic style swimming pools, numerous playing fields, and sports equipment, use of well equipped gyms including a large array of athletic equipment, rock climbing walls, and numerous courts for racquet sports and other activities.
The Tuition is $5,500 for the entire program. The total amount must be paid by June 1st, 2013. A non-refundable deposit of $1,800 (applied towards tuition) is due no later than April 30th. For cancellations, refunds of the tuition, less the deposit, are available until June 30th, 2013. Between July 1st and August 1st, a refund of $1,800 will be provided in case of cancellation. There will be no refunds after August 1st, 2013.
Please note that the program will be taught in English, and applicants should have a strong academic background and decent English language skills. Students without an adequate level of preparation are unlikely to enjoy the program.
Further information about the program can be found elsewhere on this site. The initial application is free. Please e-mail email@example.com if you have further questions.