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UCSC Silicon Valley Travel Guide and Activities

Embrace the thrill of high-tech life and the beauty of nature in one exciting destination! EC Silicon Valley lets you improve your English in a professional setting. You can also prepare for UCSC-Extension Certificate Programs to help you apply and interview for internship and Optional Practical Training (OPT) positions in Silicon Valley.

5 things to see

  • Top Tech companies: Google, Apple, Facebook, Paypal, Tesla, Amazon
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Santa Cruz beach
  • The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • Computer History Museum

5 things to do

  • Visit high-tech companies, Google, Apple, Tesla, etc.
  • Snowboarding at Lake Tahoe
  • Visit museums in the Bay Area
  • Best hiking in the US
  • Wine tasting in Napa Valley


Hottest Month: August (67 °F avg)
Coldest Month: December (49 °F avg)
Wettest Month: February (1.55" avg)
Windiest Month: July (6 mph avg)
Annual Rainfall: 6.28" (per year)


$ (US Dollars)

Public holidays falling on a weekday

01 January 2018, 15 January 2018, 19 February 2018, 30 March 2018, 28 May 2018, 04 July 2018, 03 September 2018, 08 October 2018, 12 November 2018, 22 November 2018, 23 November 2018, 24 December 2018 - Jan 01 2019 (Winter holiday break)

Telephone Country Code



110 V; 60Hz - 2 flat-pin plug

Tap water

Tap water is safe unless there’s a sign to the contrary.


If you are in an emergency you can call 911 for ambulance, fire department or police department.

Public Transport Info


For Visa information please read Applying for a Visa in USA

Cost of Living

Big Mac $3.99
Sandwich $5-$6
Can of Coke $0.99-$1.50
Coffee in a café $2-$5
1 gallon of milk $5.50
Bottle of water $2
A loaf of bread $2-$5
Two course meal in average restaurant $25-$35
Cost of sim card $50 per month
Cinema $14

Other Useful Information

Driving Age

The minimum driving age is 16 years but most rental companies require that you be at least 25 years old, have an international driving license, a second form of identity and a major credit card.

Alcohol Age

Legal age for drinking in the US is 21 and many places will ask for identification.

Smoking laws

Smoking is prohibited in most public spaces, in and around all schools and all enclosed spaces in California.


Students must have adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programs.