Get ready for college life with this amazing summer program in Los Angeles

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Get ready for college life with this amazing summer program in Los Angeles
Are you looking for a chance to see what it’s like living and studying in one of the best cities in the world?
Renaissance International School Saigon is proud to once again partner with Occidental College for a three week intensive college preparatory Summer Program from July 5-26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Participants will experience life at a liberal arts college in one of the most stimulating and creative cities in the world. Students will attend intensive and creatively demanding college-level seminars, gain an understanding of the American college and university application process, and experience the incredible culture of Los Angeles.
Here are some of the many benefits of the program:
The College Student Life Experience

 Students during a trip in 2014

Participants will be better prepared for college by achieving a first-hand experience of staying on a college campus and attending classes with Occidental College professors.
Classes include American Studies; Media Studies with a Focus on American Television; Digital Life, Information, and Technology; and Writing and Rhetoric. Participants will see first-hand how Oxy faculty foster interactive learning environments.
Students will be encouraged to discuss, debate, and engage with the material. Over the course of three weeks, they will have the opportunity to create and sustain conversations around the economy, the entertainment industry, politics, and social media.
US College and University Application Assistance
Oxy Admissions Officers will offer a variety of University Preparatory Lectures covering topics such as Applying to U.S. Colleges and Universities, How to Craft a Successful College Application, Studying for the SAT, Tips for Writing a College Application Essay, and Paying for Higher Education.
The Admissions Officers will also suggest tips on conducting college interviews. As a follow-up, there will be an opportunity for pupils to try a mock interview.
Participants will also tour other college campuses in the greater Los Angeles area including Caltech, Art Center, the Claremont Colleges, Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles. These campus tours will allow participants to see what college life is like on a variety of campuses.
Cultural Excursions
Participants will explore some of Los Angeles’s cultural institutions including the Autry National Center of the American West, the Griffith Observatory, Huntington Library, Botanical Gardens, and Art Collection, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Promenade.
Students will also get to visit Los Angeles’s most famous attractions including Disneyland, Dodgers Stadium, and Universal Studios Hollywood. With the prominence of American visual media in global culture, it is imperative to determine the relationship between media representations and the creative industries. As participants are immersed in the entertainment attractions and culture of Los Angeles, their professors and college student hosts will encourage them to think critically about these relationships.
Recommendation Letter and Certificate
Students will graduate from the program with a Certificate of Completion recognizing their work as well as a Recommendation Letter endorsed by Occidental College’s top administration.
Our student’s testimony for the 2014 summer program
Nguyen Phan My Phuong – Year 12

“When you close your eyes and think of a moment you want to relive, what would it be?’ a professor in Oxy had asked.
I could not answer this question until the last week of the trip. Alex, Alex, Sarah, Paulina and Occidental are the people, the names, the images and the memories I had when I close my eyes.
Knowledge is built. Experience is learnt. Friendships are made!
Everything started with with shy looks, timidity and culture shocks, but ended with hard laughter, confidence, and tears. It was so hard to say goodbye.
Experience, knowledge, relationships. Occidental College summer school has them all. I wish time could rewind!”
The academic program has been designed for Renaissance and non-Renaissance students and provides rich and diverse learning opportunities. Undertaking the program will enhance any college or university application and Oxy will issue a certificate of attendance and letter of reference on completion.
The total cost is US$4,975 (equivalent to VND106,960,000). The number of places is limited so please act promptly if you have questions, wish to express your interest or want to reserve a place.
Please visit us at our Information Day on April 4, 2015 for more info. You will have a chance to meet students and teachers who joined the trip last year. There will be a Q&A section.
Please contact our Admission office (+84-8) 3773 3171 – ext 120/121/122.
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