Embassy Los Angeles

California State University LA (CSU-LA)

Quick facts

Location: CSU-LA

Dates available: 18 Jun – 06 Aug

Ages: 12 – 18 (18 yr olds accepted as part of a group with a leader – junior programme)

Accommodation: 

Dorm rooms with triple or double rooms.

Apartment rooms with triple or double rooms. 

Emergency Number: +1 212 497 8343

Ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of our students, Cal State LA prides itself as the premier comprehensive public university in California.

Since its beginning, Cal State LA has had more than 245,000 alumni, many of whom are prominent leaders in their fields today. The LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club), the newest Major League Soccer team in Los Angeles, trains a 30 second walk from the campus’s housing facilities.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Cal State LA has easy access to all that LA has to offer.

Living

Dormitories

  • Standard dorm rooms with triple or double rooms.
  • Dormitories have a bathroom ratio of 1:6
  • Apartment bathrooms are cleaned by students. 

Apartments

  • Apartment rooms with triple or double rooms. 
  • Both room types have a shared bathroom ratio of 1:4/5
  • Dorm bathrooms are cleaned daily.
  • Each room is furnished with a chest of drawers, closet space, and a desk of drawers, per person.
  • Laundry available in the residence (at a small fee). High-speed internet throughout. 
  • Communal lounges on each floor of the residence building
  • Deposit of $100 required upon arrival, replacement of lost room key $100
  • Students are responsible to keep their rooms clean and tidy. 
  • Common areas are cleaned daily and linen changed weekly. 
  • Towels provided.
  • Meals are served in on-site canteen, with bagged lunches for excursions. 
  • Study rooms & game room located nearby. 
  • Convenience store, basketball court, volleyball court, and swimming pool located nearby.

Dining & facilities

Breakfast

We serve cooked and continental options which might include pancakes, eggs, juice and coffee

 

Lunch

Has several course options that accommodate for all types of dietary restrictions.

Packed lunches are provided at weekends. 

 

Evening Meal

Buffet style with a salad bar, including options to accommodate all dietary restrictions.

Facilities

  • Supermarket
  • Cash machine (ATM)
  • Basketball court
  • Volleyball court
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor areas for games and activities
  • Outdoor areas for games & activities
  • Games room

Learning

  • Taught by friendly and professional English teachers
  • 20 x 45 minute lessons per week
  • Placement test on day 1 to ensure students in appropriate level
  • Maximum 17 students per class
  • When possible, students will be placed in an international class with students of different nationalities
  • Standard classrooms
  • Classrooms are located in the residence building
  • Curriculum with emphasis on communication skills
  • Materials included, as well as an end of course report and certificate

Programme

Arrival

Students will be welcomed upon arrival at Parking Lot 5, then walked to the housing office at CSU-LA South Village Residential Hall.

There, they will register, get their room key, and check in to their rooms.

Welcome

On the first evening there will be a welcome activity which is designed to ensure students have the opportunity to meet staff and other students and get to know more about the campus, its facilities and useful information which will help them during their stay.

Activities

Activities are organised on evenings and afternoons with full-day excursions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Sundays students can choose between an optional — not prepaid — excursion or on-site activities. These may include:

  • Sports such as American football, soccer, volleyball, and basketball
  • Drama and performance activities such as scavenger hunts and talent shows
  • Evening activities such as karaoke, escape room, arts and crafts, and casino night
Excursions and Trips

Downtown LA: Students get to explore the most interesting sites such as LA Cathedral, Olvera Street, and the Getty Centre.

Hollywood: Students get to stargaze on the famous Hollywood Boulevard with stops at the Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive.

Beach Day: No visit to California is complete without a trip to the beach! Beach days include trips to the Getty Villa, Malibu Pier, and Santa Monica.

California Science Centre and Disney Concert Hall: Students get to learn the wonders of science through interactive exhibitions and visit the magnificent concert hall of Walt Disney, with a stop in the historic district of Little Tokyo.

San Clemente: Take the train along the stunning Pacific coastline to this quaint beachside city. Students will have the chance to shop and dine with unique Southern California home-town vibes.

Full-day Excursions

Disneyland: The first and still one of the most visited theme parks in the world

Universal Studios: Full of action-packed adventure of rides, shows and real movie studio

Six Flags Magic Mountain: This 260-acre theme park features world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides

 

Optional

3 Week Sample Programmes

Extra

Each 14-night stay includes 3 full-day excursions to exciting places around Los Angeles such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Downtown LA and Malibu, visiting places of interest in each location. Transport for trips may be by private coach or public transport. Students may have lessons either in the morning or in the afternoon in week 1, alternating weekly after that. 

This programme is for illustrative purposes and activities and visits may change.

   
   
Early Risers Club / Run and Yoga morning / room   sweeps - 6:45 - 8:15
   
   
Week 1 (Rotates every 2 weeks)
      
   
Sunday
      
   
Monday
      
   
Tuesday
      
   
Wednesday
      
   
Thursday
      
   
Friday
      
   
Saturday      
   
   
Morning
      
   
Arrival
      
   
Intake/ Placement/
     Culture Club: Southern California Vibes Los Angeles!
      
   
Full Day Trip:
     LACMA / The Grove
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Full Day Trip:
     San Clemente
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Full Day Trip (rotates every two weeks)   Hollywood Walk of Fame / Beverly Hills / Rodeo Drive
   
   
Afternoon
      
   
Campus Tour / Local Shopping / Supply Run
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Lessons
   
   
Evening
      
   
Sports / Rock Climbing /
     Volleyball / Table Tennis
      
   
Casino Night
     Show Off Your Betting Skills!
      
   
Graduation Party / Karaoke Night
   
   
Preparation for Bed
   
   
Week 2 (Rotates every 2 weeks)
      
   
Sunday
      
   
Monday
      
   
Tuesday
      
   
Wednesday
      
   
Thursday
      
   
Friday
      
   
Saturday      
   
   
Morning
      
Disneyland /   Universal Studios (Optional Trip - rotates every two weeks)
     
     or Onsite activities
   
   
Lessons
      
   
Full Day Trip:
     San Diego
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Beach Day:
     Santa Monica Pier / 3rd Street Promenade
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Full Day Trip:
     Downtown LA
   
   
Afternoon
      
   Lessons
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Lessons
   
   
Evening
   
   
Local Professional Sports Night
      
   
Talent Show
     Show Off Your Unique Skill!
      
   
Graduation Party / Dance Party
   
   
Preparation for Bed
   
   
Week 3 (Only applies to students who will stay   for three weeks or more)

      
   
Sunday
      
   
Monday
      
   
Tuesday
      
   
Wednesday
      
   
Thursday
      
   
Friday
      
   
Saturday      
   
   
Morning
   
      Disneyland / Universal Studios (Optional Trip - rotates every two   weeks)
     
     or Onsite activities
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Beach Day: Getty Villa / Malibu Pier
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Full Day Trip:
     Citadel Shopping Outlets
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Departure      
   
   
Afternoon
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Lessons
      
   
Lessons
   
   
Evening
      
   
Escape Room Night
     Solve Puzzles To Escape the Room!
      
   
Ice Cream Social
     Make Your Own Ice Cream Creation and Socialise!
      
   
Graduation Party / Pool Party
   
   
Preparation for Bed

Student Welfare

We place the highest priority on care and supervision at all of our Embassy Summer centres so you can rest assured students are well looked after. Members of staff are available 24 hours a day.

Student Services

Our student support staff can help you with:

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Information about local services
  • Assistance with individual and personal problems
  • Emergency contact

Medical information

If a student needs medical attention, an Embassy Summer staff member will help make an appointment. Group leaders must accompany the student to the appointment. An Embassy Summer staff member will accompany any student that is not part of a group. All costs have to be paid by the student. Students must have written consent from their parent/guardian for any medical treatment to be administered. Students must provide proof of medical insurance prior to arrival.

 

LOCAL HOSPITAL 

Adventist Health: White Memorial

1720 E. Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90032

 

INSURANCE 
If a student does not have insurance, Guard.Me International Insurance is available to purchase through Embassy Summer.

 

SAFE 
A safe will be available for the storage of passports, travel documents and deposits.

In case of emergency

A 24 hour emergency telephone number is available all summer:

+1 212 497 8343

Location

CSULA South Village Residential Hall

5500 Paseo Rancho Castilla, Los Angeles, CA 90032