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UCLA Academy

Based on campus at UCLA, one of the most prestigious colleges in California, students get a real taste of life in the Golden State - visiting world-famous Hollywood and Beverly Hills, relaxing on beautiful beaches like Malibu and Venice, and spending the day at Disneyland or Universal Studios. 

Students can take advantage of UCLA's sports facilities, which are also used for many on-campus activities and a modern dining room where students are offered a healthy and balanced diet.

Quick Facts

Location: Easy access to Santa Monica, DT LA & Hollywood

Dates: 27th of June to the 8th of August

Ages: 12 – 17

Facilities: Excellent facilities such as tennis courts, outdoor sports pitches and an outdoor swimming pool

Emergency Number: +1 (310) 625 1057

Accommodation

The accommodation on campus has all the facilities students may need with several communal areas to meet friends.

The rooming format is twin bedroom with communal bathroom. Each room is equipped with a desk and ample closet space.

Boys and girls are accommodated on opposite ends of the floor and are well supervised by Residence Advisors.

Supervision is provided by EC residential staff who support students outside class and activity times and ensure students observe the curfew and required standards of behaviour

Specialised Courses Include

  • Surfing
  • Climbing & Bouldering
  • Coding and Gaming
  • Multi Activities

UCLA Facilities

Classrooms

All the classroom lounges are located in the main campus and building area of the school at  UCLA, close to the students’ accommodation. All classrooms use projectors and have Wi-Fi access. There is a maximum of 12 students each of the Academy.

Dining Hall

The bright and modern dining hall is on the ground floor of one of the Residence Halls. It is buffet style many different global cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu, every day, is different which encourages students to sample a variety of foods.The Halls have many options that can accommodate all dietary restrictions.

Internet Facilities

There is Wi-Fi access across the Academy campus.

Mobile Phones

Students can bring their mobile phones but must not use them in class or activities unless directed to. 

Shops

Westwood Village is just a 20-minute walk away and has many retail shops, cafes and restaurants. There is also a Target and pharmacy for students to purchase toiletry supplies if they need.Students will be supervised when goingto the local shops and are only permitted at the discretion of the summer school management. No students can leave the premises unsupervised.

Academy Shop

The campus store (a shop selling sweets, drinks and other items, outside of usual meal times and snack times) may be open at specified times. Students can also purchase UCLA souvenirs and merchandise from this store.

The Academy Office

The EC Academy office is located in the same building as the dorms and is open daily with office hours.

Sports Facilities

There are excellent sports facilities across campus, outdoor sports fields, tennis courts and swimming pools as well as an indoor gym.

Swimming Pool

There are 2  heated outdoor swimming pool son-site for use when a life guard is present at scheduled times. These are located close to the residence.

Laundry

Students have access to laundry in the residence building. They will purchase a Bruins Card that they can top up in order to use the facilities. In their first week, we will provide with a laundry class and they are then free to use the facilities on free evenings once staff are notified

Cleaning

Communal areas including bathrooms are cleaned every day. Bedrooms are soft cleaned and linens, including towels are changed once a week but students are responsible for keeping their rooms neat and tidy and emptying the garbage and recycling daily.

Towels

Towels are provided and students should bring their own toiletries.

Safe

All students’ travel documents will be stored in our school safe on arrival. Access will be given as needed to the travel documents and all access to the safe will be recorded. Students’ must take care of their cash and other valuable belongings. We cannot take responsibility for items not locked away.

Keys

Each student will have a room key card and will be responsible for their key card. If they lose it, they need to arrange a replacement with the reception at a cost. This key card will give them access to the residence and the dining hall.

Night Security

There is 24/7 reception in the residence hall as well as campus security and police. We also have night supervision every night from staff.

Welfare and Medical

Each staff member on the team is First Aid and CPR trained and so can assist with minor medical emergencies. If there are significant medical needs we will transport the student to the nearest doctor or hospital. The student/parent/agent is responsible for any off-site transport and medical costs in these cases. Students are also assigned a guardian who builds relationships with them and who will ensure the students are eating well and healthy, participating and happy.

UCLA Programme

Mornings

Each weekday morning students will have lessons from 9:00am until 12:20pm. There will be three hours of lessons with one break of 20 minutes. There will be a snack and drink provided during the 20-minute break.

Afternoons

Each afternoon EC Academy students will take part in their chosen specialist course.

The choice of courses available is:
Surfing, Multi Activities, Coding & Gaming, Climbing and Bouldering

It  is possible to change course from week to week but it must be confirmed by the agent or parent through Admissions at Head Office by 3pm on the Friday before the Monday of each week. We cannot do course changes from day to day or mid-week except for proven medical reasons.

Each course runs for 8* hours per week in the afternoons between 14:00pm and 16:00pm. From 16:30pm to 17:30pm, all students will participate in a whole school activity hour.

*The  8  hours  may  be  over  3  or  4  afternoons  depending  on  school  and  course provider if external.

See sample programme

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9.00-10.30 Placement test Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Full-day excursion

Placement test and Orientation/ Free Time

Half-day Excursion

10.30-10.50 Break with snack and dring
10.50-12.20 Lessons
Lunch Lunch

 

UCLA Specialist Courses

Multi Activities

With swimming pools available as well as fantastic sports facilities and spacious grounds, our activities team organise a different combination of sports and activities every day to ensure a varied week. Students will spend 2 hours per day over 4 days participating in a selection of activities that may include football and swimming, as well as treasure hunts and team games.
From 16:30pm to 17:30pm, all students will participate in a whole school activity hour.

See sample programme

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8.45-9.00 Assembly Full-day Excursion Full-day Excursion
9.00-10.00 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
10.00-0.10 Break
10.10-1.10 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
11.10-1.30 Break
11.30-2.30 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
  Lunch
Afternoon Treasure Hunt and Swimming Team games and swimming Half-day Excursion Art and team games Mini Olympics and drama
  Dinner
Evening Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour

This is a sample programme and activities, content and days may change according to the actual programme on-site.

 

Coding & Gaming

Our curriculum at UCLA is designed by graduates of some of the leading Ivy League universities in the US. Students will use games like Fortnite, Overwatch, Minecraft or League of Legends to further their understanding of the industry. At UCLA students have access to a full lab including 3D printers, computers and any other technology required to complete their projects. At UCLA students have access to a full lab including 3D printers, computers and any other technology required to complete their projects. Students can expect to enjoy at least 4 days per week at their Coding and Gaming programme, for at least 2 hours each session. Our dedicated staff will be there to assist students during every stage of their project
From 16:30pm to 17:30pm, all students will participate in a whole school activity hour.

See sample programme

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8.45-9.00 Assembly Full-day Excursion Full-day Excursion
9.00-10.00 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
10.00-0.10 Break
10.10-1.10 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
11.10-1.30 Break
11.30-2.30 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
  Lunch
Afternoon Gaming 101Improve gaming Skills Half-day Excursion Design Graphic & Animation Project Presentation
  Dinner
Evening Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour

This is a sample programme and activities, content and days may change according to the actual programme on-site.

 

Surfing

On our surfing programme, students will start with basics of surfing including safety, basics and etiquette, as well as some practise. They will also lean about ocean ecology and conservation to complement their surfing practise. Students will expect to enjoy at least  4 days per week out surfing, at least 2 hours each session. All of our instructors are certified members of The International Surfing Association (ISA) and will be there to help students every step of the way.

From 16:30pm to 17:30pm, all students will participate in a whole school activity hour.

See sample programme

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8.45-9.00 Assembly Full-day Excursion Full-day Excursion
9.00-10.00 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
10.00-0.10 Break
10.10-1.10 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
11.10-1.30 Break
11.30-2.30 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
  Lunch
Afternoon Safety & BasicsStanding & Turning Half-day Excursion Refining Techniques Practice new skills
  Dinner
Evening Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour

This is a sample programme and activities, content and days may change according to the actual programme on-site.

 

Climbing & Bouldering

Let your mind, body and soul climb on some of the best indoor walls created for specialist climbing. Over 4 days students will take part in a varied programme of climbing and bouldering for 2 hours each day. Located in state-of-the-art facilities available with the support of experienced and qualified  instructors, students will enjoy:

PRINCIPLES OF CLIMBING Safety, Harnessing, Belaying, Catching and lowering and more.

BOULDERING TECHNIQUES Crimping, matching, planning your routes and more.

From 16:30pm to 17:30pm, all students will participate in a whole school activity hour.

See sample programme

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8.45-9.00 Assembly Full-day Excursion Full-day Excursion
9.00-10.00 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
10.00-0.10 Break
10.10-1.10 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
11.10-1.30 Break
11.30-2.30 Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons Lessons
  Lunch
Afternoon Introduction: Safety, level Assessment and Initial Climbing sessionIndoor sport Climbing Half-day Excursion Bouldering Session problems and circuits Bouldering Session and/or sport Climbing, mini comp and fun session
  Dinner
Evening Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour Whole school activity hour

This is a sample programme and activities, content and days may change according to the actual programme on-site.

 

The Meal Plan

Breakfast is a combination of continental and cooked 7 days a week and includes fruit juice, cereals, toast, pastries, preserves, tea and coffee. The hot counter usually includes bacon, egg, oatmeal, breakfast biscuits and gravy. There is also a well-stocked fruit salad bar and a waffle counter.

Lunch and Dinner are served buffet style with a variety of cuisines from all over the world that changes daily. Options range from Asian and Mexican delicacies to burgers and fries, pizza and an extensive salad and vegetable bar. There is also a dessert, tea and coffee counter with an array of desserts offered daily. Most importantly! There is a self-serve, soft serve ice-cream station with cones and sprinkles.

On the Wednesday half-day excursions, dinners are provided in a selection of restaurants and establishments close to the destination of the excursion. A menu will be provided to students and orders will be taken prior to the activity for these meals. Dietary requirements will be accommodated.

Packed lunches are given to students on Saturday and Sunday when they go on their full-day excursions. They consist of a roll or round of sandwiches, plain water, biscuit/chocolate or health bar, fruit and crisps. Snacks are given to the students twice a day on weekdays and once in the evening at weekends. They consist of health food bars or fruit or similar items and a drink. Fresh drinking water is available all day on-site. Students are encouraged to bring re-useable water bottles for their trip.

07.30-.8.30 BREAKFAST
10.30-10.50 MORNING SNACK (Monday to Friday)
12.30-13.15 LUNCH*
17.30-18.45 DINNER*
(At weekends this is 18.30 - 19.15 as they are returning from excursions)
22.00-23.00 EVENING SNACK

*Lunch/Dinner times can vary depending on the activity/excursions

The Evenings and Excursions

Students will participate in a variety of evening activities on site as well as occasional off-site trips. The evening activities include swimming tournaments, residence  tournaments, sports, local visits, arts nights, boys and girls nights, karaoke and discos among other things. Some of these off-site trips could be to the cinema, bowling or laser quest or local food or shopping outlets.

The main larger excursions take place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. They are by coach, train or minibus and include a visit to a local Theme Park on Saturdays.

This is a sample programme of the six-week  period. The destinations and activities may change due to operational reasons.

See sample programme

 WEEK 1 SATURDAY SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 
 MorningArrivalsOrientation and Placement TestLessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsLessons
 AfternoonArrivalsOrientation and Placement Test 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Santa Monica Pier

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

 EveningArrivals

Tournament/ multisports

Board Game

Indoor Sports

Karaoke 

Westwood/ Arts and craftsResidence TournamentRecess Games/ Indoor SportsShowcase/ fashion show

 

 WEEK 2 SATURDAY SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 
 Morning4th of JulyOrientation and Placement TestLessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsLessons
 Afternoon4th of JulyTheme Park 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Downtown LA

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

 Evening4th of JulyTheme Park

Indoor Sports

Karaoke 

Laser TagResidence TournamentWestwood/ Indoor SportsShowcase/ Academic Talent show

 

 WEEK 3 SATURDAY SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 
 MorningTheme ParkOrientation and Placement TestLessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsLessons
 AfternoonTheme ParkHollywood Hike

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Hollywood Star Walk and Madame Tussauds

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

 EveningTheme Park

Tournament/ multisports

Board Game

Indoor Sports

Karaoke 

CinemaResidence TournamentMini Olympics/ Indoor SportsShowcase/ fashion show

 

 WEEK 4 SATURDAY SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 
 MorningTheme ParkOrientation and Placement TestLessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsLessons
 AfternoonTheme ParkOntario Mills Outlets

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Newport and Huntington Beach

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

 EveningTheme Park

Tournament/ Multi sports

Board Games

Indoor Sports/ Westwood

Karaoke 

TrampoliningResidence TournamentPool Olympics/ Indoor SportsShowcase/ Academic Talent show

 

 WEEK 5 SATURDAY SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 
 MorningTheme ParkOrientation and Placement TestLessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsLessons
 AfternoonTheme ParkDodgers Game

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Santa Monica Pier

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

 EveningTheme Park

Tournament/ multisports

Board Games

Indoor Sports

Karaoke 

Westwood/ Arts and craftsResidence TournamentPool Games/ Indoor SportsShowcase/ fashion show

 

 WEEK 6 SATURDAY SUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 
 MorningTheme ParkOrientation and Placement TestLessonsLessonsLessonsLessonsLessons
 AfternoonTheme ParkCamarillo Outlets

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity 

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Downtown LA

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

Specialist course or multiactivity course

Whole school activity

 EveningTheme Park

Tournament/ Multi Sports

Board Games

Westwood

Karaoke 

Pool Games

Indoor Sports

Residence TournamentBowlingFarewell BBQ