For a better future
Pre College Enrichment Summer Program in UCLA allows teens, ages 14-18, to choose Business, Law, Social Sciences, Arts, Technology, College Prep, Sports and Language courses and explore Los Angeles, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios to its fabulous beaches.
Buckle Up! This 21-Day Ride Will Take You to the Enriched Future.
The road has a wide selection of exciting, enriching and engaging courses spots. Ready for the ride and visit those locations? Choose the courses and create your own road map.
You want to learn the entrepreneurship, stock market, social media marketing, or sports management? We might stop at Business courses.
Or you want to understand US legal system, then we might visit Law.
How about diving into human behavior, emotional intelligence, communication technics, journalism, human rights or community services? Then here is the social sciences territory.
Or maybe you are into cooking and want to be a gourmet, or photographer, filmmaker or the next big fashion designer. Do you mind visiting Arts?
Do you feel gravity towards the technics used in crime scene investigation, or 3D game designs or Phython programming?
Or you want to be prepared for college and improve your English by visiting TOEFL or English Learning courses.
How about surfing, creating your own personal training routine?
All of those is in your map in UCLA Pre College Enrichment summer camp Program and you are free to create your own route.
This is the 21-day version of this high school summer program on the campus of UCLA. Shorter 14-day and longer 28-day versions are also available.
After enriching your life, you’ll receive a letter certifying the completion of your courses and letters of recommendation are also available..
Why It is a Great Choice
Experience college life with the balance of engaging courses, group excursions, and free time.
Courses taught by experienced university-level faculty, instructors, and local professionals.
Prepare for college with workshops
Meet and make new friends while living on campus in LA
UCLA’s incredible campus situated in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Los Angeles, and surrounded by iconic neighborhood like Beverly Hills, Westwood & Bel Air.
Designed as a “college in a garden,” the 419-acre Westwood campus sprawls across the Santa Monica Mountain foothills and south into the Los Angeles basin. You might wonder if every building, bench and path has a story to tell. Chances are, they do. Would you like to listen?
You can also stay active with complimentary access to UCLA’s world class facilities, including gym, pool, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, racquetball and squash courts. There are also climbing wall and games lounge.
Choose either a full-day track option or a morning and afternoon course. You can make your personal schedule based on your choices among 8 majors and more than 20 courses in Business, Law, Social Sciences, Arts, Technology, College Prep, Sports and Language.
List is rich and long, scroll down and discover what makes you excited.
**Business Courses **
Business Entrepreneurship (Morning)
This intensive hands-on entrepreneurship program focuses on all facets of business plan development. Learn to assess the competitive entrepreneurial environment, develop a venture concept and growth strategies, create marketing approaches, build a cohesive management team, launch operations and develop financial projections. During the program, participants work as a team to create a business and on the final day, each team presents their business plan and participates in a friendly “shark tank” type competition.
International Business & World Financial Markets: UCLA (Morning)
Examine the dynamic world of international business, globalization and how global markets work. You will learn about the international flow of goods and services, trade agreements, investment, foreign currency and regulation. You’ll be introduced to business problems and work on strategies to resolve them in the context of current events, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Social Media Marketing (Afternoon)
This course looks at the channels of marketing, advertising and communication that make up social media platforms, exploring how these tools fit into a company’s integrated marketing strategy. Using real-world examples from large corporations and small businesses, students explore how marketing professionals embrace online social networks, user-generated content and content sharing to create brand awareness. Learn tips and techniques to successfully leverage your own social media marketing.
Sports Management (Afternoon)
This course provides students with an overview of business for professional sports including finance, marketing and technology. Learn about professional sports entities that make billions of dollars entertaining people around the world. Through lectures, case studies and guest speakers, explore topics such as producing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, the fan experience, and sports law.
Business Intensive (Full Day)
Combine a morning business course with an afternoon business course for an intensive full-day track.
Stock Market & Investment Analysis: UCLA (Afternoon)
Before you invest in the stock market, it’s important you understand the basics of finance, the components of an investment portfolio and the underlying mechanics of the markets. This course gives you a detailed overview of investing in the stock market and offers you many tools and techniques needed to invest. Practice by investing in a simulated stock market competition.
_Law Course _
U.S. Law (Morning)
This interactive course combines an introduction to the framework of the U.S. legal system with an exploration of special topics in public policy and legal debate. Students will explore the legal foundations of political decision-making by participating in discussions, case studies, evidence-based exercises, and simulations. Learn about the scope of laws, how they evolve, and apply these lessons to current legal debates.
_College Prep Courses _
The Princeton Review SAT (And ACT Too!) (Afternoon)
Improve your SAT performance by becoming a better test taker. Learn Princeton Review’s exclusive strategies. Your instructor will help you master the test through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. You will better understand math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams and your instructor will teach proven test-taking techniques. In addition to your course, you get the following materials and extras:
Talented, dynamic instructor and proven Princeton Review methods and strategies
4 full-length Diagnostic Exams, with detailed computer analysis of the results
The Princeton Review Course Material and Workbooks
24/7 access to the new adaptive student portal. With 240 online drills and over 2,000 online practice questions, you’ll have everything you need to practice and familiarize yourself with the test.
The Princeton Review ACT Self-Paced Online Prep Course is included with your summer SAT course for no additional fee. It will be available after your summer course.
A supplementary fee of $595 applies for the Princeton Review.
Social Sciences Courses
Psychology of Human Behavior (Morning)
This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions and how to improve memory. Other topics included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.
Journalism Today (Afternoon)
Modern digital technology now enables anyone to create and distribute stories for global audiences. This development has seen the rise of citizen journalists – freelancers who report remotely or in person, outside traditional media channels. Find out the basics of catchy content for print, electronic and digital outlets, while avoiding the pitfalls of ‘fake news.’ Learn about journalism’s professional standards for gathering, processing and disseminating information. Hone your writing, editing and interviewing skills to deliver remote or in-person reports for news sites, blogs, postings and podcasts.
Emotional Intelligence & Professional Communication Skills (Afternoon)
What better way to prepare you for college and a future career than to improve your interpersonal and professional communication skills? This course allows you to develop those skills and increase your performance. Case studies include conflict management, nonverbal communication and effective listening through experiential exercises and discussions. Increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and use this ability to guide your thinking and behavior. Learn how to define personal goals and how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to create success in new situations.
Community Service: L.A. (Afternoon or Full Day)
Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA, either as a Full-Day Track or Afternoon Course option. Projects are finalized in the spring, and those currently planned involve several days working with the children at a youth club and helping to maintain and beautify gardens in local schools with Enrich LA. A letter recognizing the hours of service and detailing the projects accomplished will be issued after the summer. We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Social Justice & Human Rights Forum (Morning)
Climate change, bans on religious freedoms, racial injustice, gender-based violence… the list of human rights violations, and social and ecological injustices are seemingly endless in the world around us. Join this forum on social justice and human rights where we will explore a number of topics through a systems-thinking lens to examine why and how unequal distributions of rights and freedoms manifest. We will also consider our personal identities, positions and power within these systems challenging our ideas of how to make positive social change in the world in which we live. This forum will involve participant discussion.
_Creative & Applied Arts Course _
Cooking: L.A. Gourmet Experience (Morning or Afternoon)
From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrées or delicious desserts, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience, where each class focuses on a different theme. You even get to take away a book full of mouth-watering recipes you helped prepare!
* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.
L.A. Digital Photography (Afternoon)
For anyone with a passion for photography, no matter your level, learn about digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur). Beyond the classroom, the course includes fieldwork in L.A. to delve into the art of street photography. From Venice Beach to the downtown Fashion District, explore and develop your creativity while learning and practicing technical camera skills. The course also focuses on portraiture, as you step into a professional studio to learn about different lighting techniques and hit Hollywood Boulevard to test your skills.
Filmmaking with the New York Film Academy (Full Day)
This course, in partnership with the New York Film Academy, is taught by instructors with tremendous hands-on experience and training from the nation’s elite film schools. Students will have the opportunity to write, direct, shoot and edit. The program begins with intensive study in camera operation, screenwriting, directing and acting in preparation of the production days where students are given the unique opportunity to shoot a movie in the heart of the film industry. The course concludes with study in editing class and post-production and a screening of the final product. In the past, filming has taken place at the Universal Studios backlot.
*A supplementary fee of $495 applies for Filmmaking with the New York Film Academy.
Fashion: Design, Style, & Sustainability (Full Day)
Explore the prevalent theme of sustainability within the fashion industry with Otis College of Art and Design. Taught by experienced practicing industry professionals, the course will begin with an overview of fashion design; careers, merchandising, trends, forecasting, budgets, etc. Students will learn and practice sought-after skills such as zero waste cutting, repurposing secondhand clothing, and natural dyeing. A field trip to the downtown LA fashion district is included, as students learn about the design process from start to finish. They will walk away from the course with at least two hands-on projects completed, showcasing what they've learned about fashion and sustainability throughout the program. Past projects have included a tote bag, vest, t-shirt, blazer, or simple dress.
*This course takes place at Otis College of Art and Design.
_ *A supplementary fee of $495 applies._
_Sports Courses _
Independent Workout (Morning or Afternoon)
Plan your workout regimen including weight training and cardio to help meet your fitness goals.
Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? This course heads to Santa Monica Beach where you learn how to improve balance and technique and perfect your form in no time. All levels of ability are welcome.
*A supplementary fee of $195 applies.
_Science and Technology Courses _
Crime Scene Investigation: CSI Los Angeles (Afternoon)
For those true crime enthusiasts, experience the world of forensic science through hands-on training, lab exercises and guest speakers in the field. Examine CSI procedures such as trace evidence and bloodstain pattern analysis, fingerprint identification, firearms investigations, drug and toxicology analysis, and DNA analysis through direct experience at the California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI). Gain exposure to experts in the field such as a forensic identification specialist, LAPD members, and a senior criminalist. Tour the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center & Laboratory, home of Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab. Towards the end of the course, use your newfound skills to tackle your own crime scene investigation.
3D Game Design with Unity (Morning)
Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables. Student-created games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
*Participants will be required to bring a laptop compatible with MAC or Windows OS and a 64-bit operating system (cannot use Chrome OS).
Python Programming (Afternoon)
Want to learn the world's fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? Your Black Rocket instructors will teach you how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish!
_*Participants will be required to bring a laptop compatible with MAC, Windows or Chrome OS. _
_Language Courses _
TOEFL Prep (Afternoon)
This course is designed for non-native English-speaking students interested in attending an English-speaking college or university and to help prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Thousands of schools worldwide rely on TOEFL scores to assist in admission decisions. Imagine the possibilities this test opens up to you as it demonstrates you have the English language skills necessary for an academic classroom. Our instructors guide you and offer you test-taking strategies, help you familiarize yourself with the test, and allow you to practice all sections of the exam.
English Language Learning (ELL) (Morning)
This program is designed to increase your overall fluency through real experiences with American culture. Improve your vocabulary and pronunciation, review proper grammatical structures, and practice your writing skills. Beyond the classroom, guided field trips provide you many opportunities to practice your English in the real world. If attending a university in the USA is one of your future goals, then this is the program for you!
Accommodation & Food
UCLA Pre College Summer School Program participants accommodate in Delta Terrace in a premium campus location, close to multiple dining halls, the Sports and Rec Center, pools, classroom and student union.
Delta Terrace, suite style residence, features double or triple rooms connected to another double or triple room with your own bathroom. Each room features your own workspace, closet space, air conditioning and Wi-Fi.
Breakfasts on this program are served at the UCLA dining hall or students ca grab and go café at Café 1919. Dinner is either at the UCLA dining hall or at restaurants.
Food options are varied and plentiful. The UCLA dining hall is terrific and features a different menu every night, with staples always available including a fresh salad bar, hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and pizza.
We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive experience in this area.
Activities and Workshops
UCLA Pre College Enrichment program summer camp is designed to balance action, adventure and excitement with structured downtime and relaxation.
You might enjoy and create IG stories in following activities.
Explore Universal Studios, CityWalk and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Take surf lessons with professional instructors at Santa Monica Beach.
Look for celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and their handprints outside of Mann’s Chinese Theater.
Check out the characters on Venice Beach and Boardwalk.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and soak up the coastal views from the world-famous Ferris Wheel.
Relax or play volleyball at Manhattan Beach.
Choose from over 100 different cuisines at the Original Farmers Market.
Experience Disneyland & Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Attend a Dodgers Major League Baseball game.
Stroll along Rodeo Drive.
Laugh it up at the IMPROV Comedy Club.
You can also benefit Tools to Prepare for College Admission Workshops.
Workshop 1: Choosing the Right School and College Application Process
Workshop 2: College Essay Writing
**Getting to UCLA **
The nearest airport to UCLA is Los Angeles Airport and you will be greeted upon arrival and for flights in designated times, enjoy complimentary transfer from the airport to our UCLA residence. If you prefer, you may be dropped off directly at our UCLA residence and meet your staff there.
For city transportation around LA, passenger van or school bus is at your service.
Included in your program tuition is all lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, recreation & entertainment listed, day and weekend excursions, application fee, use of UCLA athletic facilities, Wi-Fi in residence, campus identification fee, courses (supplementary fees may apply for some) airport transfers in designated times, gratuities & taxes.
Not included is transportation to and from the program, lunches, snacks, personal spending money for souvenirs, and laundry. We also make available optional travel insurance that is not included, but highly recommended.
Have questions?Connect With an Advisor
They were happy. They want to repeat, they have done friends from all over the world, good quality, opened their minds and enjoyed a lot. Thanks for helping me selecting these camps! I'm grateful!! 🙏🙏🙏
Father of 4 from Argentina
Hey Best Parents - The kids are having such a great time and I am resting well in beautiful St. Gallen. This has been excellent all around. Thanks again 🙏
Mother of 2 from USA
Yes my son enjoyed his program very much. We will definitely continue to work with Best Parents in the future. As my son gets closer to college we need your support in enrolling my son in programs that will enhance his changes of getting accepted into top universities.
Father from Egypt