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City guide: California

Have always wanted to head down to sunny California? We tell you more about this brilliant city here…

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Famous for their Golden Gate Bridge, the glitz glamour of Hollywood and Disneyland, California is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US due to the many attractions that call this city their home.


One of the 50 states in the US, California is located by the West Coast. The state enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and rainy winters. Pristine, white sandy beaches dot the coasts and there are plenty of outdoor activities for one to choose from. A bustling business hub AND a mild climate, it’s no surprise why California is the most populated state in the US. Some of the popular cities in California include Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Berkeley.


Each year thousands of students from all over the globe flock to California to further their studies. The state is home to some of the most prestigious universities that perform well globally such as Stanford UniversityUniversity of California, University of San DiegoCalifornia Institute of Technology. Due to the immense popularity of the state, studying here would be more costly than in other parts of the US. However, there are numerous scholarships and other funding options open to international students keen on pursuing an education here. Alternatively, you could also work part-time while taking your degree.


Studying in California will provide you with opportunities to learn about the world’s biggest production of business and media. Students majoring in business, media, engineering and the arts can seek opportunities for a placement or internship at the production houses, which would be extremely useful when looking for a job upon graduation. For instance, media students can audition for a role as an extra in a film and business students can take up an internship with a publishing house.


With well-known power houses for media, business, agriculture and more located in the state, universities cater their programmes to meet the needs of these industries. They invest in producing graduates that will thrive and excel in the highly competitive job market.


California has everything for everyone, while you’re there, be sure to check out the many attractions like Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, The Golden Gate Bridge and don’t miss their picturesque beaches!


So what are you waiting for? Check out the various courses available in California now!

Or download a university’s prospectus here!


Useful links

3 key fields to study in the US

Common cultural misconceptions about the US

Travel advice for students in America

How to find accommodation for your year abroad

Why you should participate in a dual study-intern programme

How to make the most of your winter break

Finding the right MBA for you


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