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Study Abroad at University of California, San Diego

Facts and Highlights about UCSD

>> U.S. News & World Report(2017) ranked UCSD highly in several categories:
10th among top public national universities.
44th overall among national universities
>> The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) conducted by the Center for World Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University(2017) ranked UCSD the 15th among all universities worldwide.
>> The Times Higher Education World University Rankings(2017) placed UCSD as the 41th ranked university in the world. The survey of more than 20,000 experienced academics from 133 countries ranked institutions solely on their reputations for teaching and research.

Geisel Library in the Center of UCSD Campus

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. For the fifth consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation based on research, civic engagement and social mobility. UCSD isa campus with multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines and advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

Research funding secured during fiscal year 2014 to support research in all fields. One of the nation's 10 largest centers for science, engineering and medicine, UCSD's research funding has surpassed $1 billion three times in the past five years.UCSDis a member of Association of American Universities. Its famous subjects include Biological, Marine, Environment, Medicine, Engineering, Business, etc.

San Diego is located on the eastern edge of the Pacific Rim, focused on the economic and business opportunities of the future. A center for innovative hi-tech and biotech companies, San Diego is the ideal point of connection, not only to the Americas, but to Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

UCSD is 19 kilometers north of Mexico; 200 kilometers south of Los Angeles (or 2 hours by train or automobile); and 7 hours east of Hawaii (by air).UCSD is also a safe campus. With a low crime rate, a dedicated police force and campus safety programs, it helps to ensure all students feel secure on campus.

Lo Jolla is a safe community where UCSD is located (Photo by Lu Yao)

Features of Study Abroad Program at UCSD

>> High quality of instruction and curriculum in all programs offered by UCSD main campus and UCSD Extension;
>> Ideal location with beautiful campus and safe community, perfect base for exploring California, the Southwest, and nearby Mexico;
>> Great selection of programs including language, academic,and professional courses.

Program Dates and Courses

Students can choose two types of courses: English Language Program or University and Professional Studies. All students on Study Abroad Program are registered as Visiting Students, and are administered by UCSD Extension.

English Language Program [July 2-July 27, 2018(Summer);July 30-August 24, 2018 (Fall)]

English language program is designed for the students who need to improve English level, to understand American society, to increase the understanding of different culture and to promote innovation and globalization. Students will have chances to study with international students from all over the world, which helps to improve their English level and international communication ability. The content of the course includes Listening, reading, writing, speaking, American history, American culture, etc. The following courses are available to students with different personal interest and English language ability:

- Intensive Communication and Culture
- Intensive Academic English
- Intensive TOEFL Preparation
- Conversation and Fluency
- Academic English
- English for Engineering & Technology
- Medical English
- English for Pharmaceutical Science

Great View from Building of Rady School of Management

University and Professional Studies (September 20-December 14, 2018)

Through the University and professional studies (UPS), students have the opportunity to experience American university culture, enroll in UCSD credit courses and study with American students, faculty and professionals and earn UCSD credits that are transferable to university programs throughout the US or to most of USIEA's Chinese partner universities.

Admission Requirements:

>> Students at Undergraduate or postgraduate level who are officially registered in USIEA's Chinese partner Universities;
>> Advanced English required: minimum TOEFL 90 iBT; or IELTS 7.5; GPA3.5;
>> Interviewed by USIEA


Students who study UCSD programs have two options for accommodation: Homestay or off-campus apartment provided by Anotolia. It only takes about 15 minutes by public transportation from Anotolia to school with UCSD school buses and many city bus lines stop nearby the apartment. Anotolia apartments offer well equipped rooms, facilities and great surrounding environment;Students live with other international students of the same gender in the same apartment.Anotolia is surrounded by shopping malls, restaurants, markets and Café. Students can enjoy their free time with friends from all over the world.

Cozy Rooms and Great Outdoor Facilities at Anotolia

Attending the UCSD language program is great experience for me. I do not only improve my English skills, but also go through the American education environment at UCSD campus. I've met a lot of great people including those creative and innovative professors with great sense of humor who have published many significant articles in EE area. UCSD is a place which encourages and attracts me to go abroad for further study.
Jiawei Duan, Xi'an Jiaotong University, UCSD Summer 2014
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It was an amazing experience studying and living in sunny California. UCR is like a garden where the flowers of knowledge, freedom, respect, and happiness are in full blossom. Grab a cup of coffee, sit in the lovely sunshine, open my favorite book, and start my brand new day.
Xiaoxuan Zhang
Xi'an International Studies University

While studying at Columbia University, I was taken to the real science. This is not the "textbook science", but science at the frontier. With the inspiration from the professor, I started trying to solve the critical problem independently and the process has been full of excitement. No doubt the spirit of independence and the capacity of foresight would be indispensable for my future life. Columbia University is definitely an amazing place to improve you at the fundamental level.
Duo Guo
Xi'an Jiaotong University

The UC San Diego ELI(Intensive Business) program brought me not only the experience studying in a world class university, but also the friendship with all my Extension teachers, international classmates and some acquaintances who own super awesome working experience to share. Studying in this program, my English, especially business English skills, got improved, which will make my job hunting easier. I am just so glad to be in part of this program.
Yun Chen
Zhejiang Gongshang University

You live the same way as others and feel comfortable in home country.Only those who have studied in a foreign country understand the opportunities and the challenges you have to confront. Never give up and you will obtain not only knowledge but also the courage to face uncertain future.
Xin Zhou
Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

I had a really wonderful time at CELOP and made a lot of friends that I still keep in touch with today. My instructors were great and taught me a lot both inside and outside classroom. I also had a conversation partner who was very helpful in improving my English. My experience at CELOP really helped me learn more about American culture and schools which has allowed me to succeed in my current position. I wish I could go back and study there again and again. You will never forget your experience here.
Qian Wang

If you ask me what the most awesome activity is while I study at Metropolitan College Boston University in regards to academics, my answer is definitely networking events and professional conferences. Boston is home to many institutions of higher education like MIT, Harvard, and Boston College. Every year an increasing number of elite specialists in different industries from all over the world come to Boston for specific events. I joined Aite group for internship, and worked as a full-time employee. Even though the project I was assigned was a little bit tough for me, I learned a lot from my teammates. Thanks to this certificate program, I entered a small international arena to learn from different people from different countries.