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upGrad Connect California Campus Experience Tour

July 23 - 28, 2024

Visit top universities like Stanford, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, and explore vibrant cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Get a glimpse into student life and discover your dream West Coast college.

California Campus Experience Tour

The California Campus experience Tour is a wonderful opportunity for students to visit numerous college campuses and evaluate their college options. Students tour a wide variety of campuses, including private and public schools in both urban and rural areas. Participants will be able to determine if a large or small school is appropriate for them, and, with the comparison materials provided, students are able to review their options once they have returned home. In less than one week, students have the opportunity to experience many great American cities.

We encourage students to enroll with friends, but even those who don’t arrive knowing someone will end up with a group of newly-found peers from across the US and often around the world. Housing is provided, and students are usually housed in double or triple rooms. Most overnight stays are at business class hotels such as Sheraton, Westin, Marriott, or Embassy Suites.  When feasible, students stay in the central areas near attractions. We may also occasionally stay in a campus dorm/residence hall to get a feel of campus living.

Meals are provided, though many students choose to bring spending money for snacks or optional food items, and souvenirs. All the essential items of room, board, and transportation are provided during the trip, so it is possible to comfortably participate in the California Tour without any added cost or expense.


California College Tour Schedule

Day 1

Arrive in San Diego:

  • Arrive into San Diego International Airport (SAN). 
  • Greet your fellow travelers and enjoy dinner and Site Seeing in Old Town San Diego. 
Day 2

Orange County and San Diego

  • Enjoy a hot breakfast before venturing out to see Orange County and sunny San Diego.
  • Start your morning at San Diego’s top public or private universities. Visit the University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • Grab a quick a lunch as we head up the coast to beautiful Orange County
  • Spend the afternoon exploring UC Irvine.
  • Join your fellow travelers for dinner and evening fun at Downtown Disney
Day 3

Los Angeles and The Inland Empire

  • Put away your mouse ears and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a day of SoCal College Touring.
  • In the morning, take a tour of Claremont McKenna .
  • Meet back up with the group for lunch before heading out for our afternoon tours.
  • Hop back on the bus and head out to visit Caltech.
  • Get back together with the group for dinner and some evening site seeing before heading back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.
Day 4

Los Angeles

  • Enjoy a quick breakfast before heading out to visit some of LA’s top universities.
  • In the morning, take a group tour of the University of Southern California (USC).
  • Gather together for lunch and tell your new friends about your morning tours.
  • Spend the afternoon on the beautiful campuses of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Enjoy dinner and shopping on 3rd street promenade and Santa Monica Pier before driving up the coast towards Santa Barbara
Day 5

Santa Barbara and Malibu

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast and prepare for your visits to these stunning seaside campuses.
  • In the morning, begin your day with a tour of University of California, Santa Barbara located half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (SLO).
  • Take in the beautiful seascape and a refreshing milkshake as we make our way to the heart of Silicon Valley for dinner and site seeing!
Day 6

Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley 

  • Enjoy a quick breakfast before heading out for the day.
  • Start your morning exploring one of the nation’s top universities, UC Berkeley (CAL).
  • Enjoy lunch on the motor coach as we travel on the Penninsula
  • Complete your day with an afternoon tour of Stanford University 
  • Don’t forget to thank our motor coach driver before departing the motor coach for your flight home out of San Francisco (SFO)

Please note: 

  • Schedule Subject to change. 
  • While rare, some universities may limit the number of students who can be on a tour. While we always try to give students their first choice, registrations are on a first come first serve basis.
Tour price is approximately US$3000*.

Pricing is all-inclusive of everything the student needs from the moment they land at San Diego airport ot when they depart San Francisco including housing, meals, tours, ground transportation, site seeing and driver gratuity. Students are responsible for pocket money for personal items such as ouveniers.

*This is tentative pricing. Actual price may vary according to the dates and prevailing conditions.

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