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Study in California

"California, here we come!" Is one of the most famous songs by the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Phantom Planet. The Golden State has been around for decades one of the most popular study locations for studying abroad worldwide. Every year, more than 55,000 international students want to live the California dream.

The most important advantages at a glance: Studying in California

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Palms, palms, palms - if you are lucky enough to study in the sunny state of California, you will benefit from high-ranking universities and a paradisiacal environment.

There are more than enough arguments that attract students from all over the world to study in California: 300 days of sunshine a year, fantastic beaches and the cool lifestyle - after all, Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, is located in California.

Not only in the film industry, but also in the technology and IT sectors, California is the economic engine in the United States. International students receive during an internship Insights into large companiesthat are in Silicon Valley are located.

But there is also in California more than 1,300 universitieswhich includes some of the most well-known universities in the United States, as well as recognized four-year colleges. Next to theirs top sporting performance California universities offer the highest academic standards. In addition, the tuition fees for international students, with the exception of the top universities, are generally a lot cheaper than at the universities on the east coast.

If you are planning a Bachelor, Master or MBA in California, the following is helpful information about the top universities in California, the many recreational opportunities and professional development that student life there offers, and some of the most exciting facts about the Golden State.

Colleges and Universities in California

As evidenced by the impressive track record in the number of exchange students in California, many of California's universities are among the most prestigious in the United States. Just in the area of ​​innovation can join the colleges in California at the very front place.

Year after year, universities in California rank in international university rankings such as the QS World University Ranking or the U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Ranking, the top places: They are right at the top Stanford University, as well as the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Stanford is in the northwest of the Silicon Valley region, while Caltech is in Pasadena, near Los Angeles.

In addition to the two elite universities in California, the member universities of the University of California System or the California State University System are among the most popular Public IviesUniversities in California and meet a high quality standard.

The University of California has 10 member universities, including the renowned University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley or Berkeley) and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Other top universities in California include the University of California San Diego, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, and University of California Santa Barbara.

Conversely, many of these high-ranking universities in California have high admission requirements. Students whose dream is to study at a top university in California can take a summer session, for example at the UC Berkeley Extension or UCLA.

California State University System is one of California's leading universities, and its universities also enjoy an excellent reputation for quality education. For students studying in California, this means that academic achievements can be recognized in Germany, after prior agreement with their home university, usually possible is.

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For many students, the dream destination for studying abroad: sunny California.

The cost of living while studying abroad in California can be higher at a prestigious college in California than when studying in other states.

However, there is - especially for a semester or year abroad in the USA - many different financial aids that students can secure for their studies: from state-subsidized BAföG for a semester abroad in the USA to cheap student loans.

In addition, the individual lifestyle and the choice of accommodation can affect the additional financial effortthat arises when studying in California. The cost of studying abroad in the US can be significantly minimized with the right planning become.

A look at the testimonials of former students who studied at California universities in the USA can help to calculate the associated costs of studying in California. Financial planning for studying abroad in California can be optimized in this way. In other words, studying in California doesn't necessarily mean leading an expensive lifestyle. If you want to study in California, it is best to use all sources of information and advice options.

The country pages on the website of the Federal Foreign Office offer more information on safety instructions and entry requirements:

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For many international students, California is the first choice when it comes to choosing to study abroad for this reason. Studying in California also means experiencing an exciting lifestyle, as there are numerous activities that students can participate in every day.

Lifestyle while studying abroad in California

California, the "Golden State" - this nickname refers not least to the legendary gold mining, or to the hills of the West Coast that shine golden yellow in the sun, but is also a reference to the glamor of the state. One of the top reasons to study in California is that incomparable Californian way of life.

While studying abroad in California, international students can, just like local residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle - thanks to the sun-drenched climate, the world-famous surfing beaches, the high standard of living.

Study film, music and art in California

The Californian way of life has attracted numerous artists and students from the fields of music, art and film in recent decades. For decades most important film industry in the world is in Hollywood, located around Los Angeles. Students who choose to study at UCLA are right in the middle of the action and can get valuable internships in the film industry. In the second largest city in terms of population in the United States, the glamor of the Golden State is visible like in no other city.

At the West coast there is also ideal conditions for music producers and artists, which include some of the world's most successful bands. From hip-hop to nu metal, musicians and bands from all genres of music are at home in the Golden State: for example the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, and Thirty Seconds to Mars from Los Angeles or Aerosmith and No Doubt from Orange County or Snoop Dogg from Long Beach.

In pulsating metropolises like San Francisco, in addition to an extensive music scene, a large art scene has emerged since the 1960s, especially in the field of modern art. There is not only a broad network of artistic colleges and art galleries, but also numerous graffiti and street artists.

Surfing, football and more: studying sport in California

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Probably the most famous sport in the USA is also big in California: American football.

Studying abroad in California is also a mecca for outdoor sports such as surfing, American football, tennis or waterpolo. At the universities, colleges or community colleges in California there are for numerousSports, Teams and Clubs. The Californian colleges in particular have long offered many prestigious sports programs.

Among the universities, the athletic achievements of the University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford University and CSU Fullerton stand out particularly often.

For sports fans, the Golden State is a true paradise of opportunity during a semester abroad in California. The Range ranges from hiking in one of the many national parks that are well worth seeing to extreme sports like white water rafting. And of course, new sports are constantly being developed at universities, so that studying in California never gets bored.

Studying at one of California's many top universities is thanks to the overall more than 300 kilometers of coastline with sandy beaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego, ideal for learning to surf at any level. Also close to the renowned UC Irvine and CSU Long Beach are some of the most popular surfing beaches in the world. Skateboarding is also a popular sport that even originated in California and became competitive in California thanks to skateboarding legends like Tony Hawk.

California is also a well known auto racing venue and meeting place for Motorsport fans. The "IndyCar Series" takes place in Long Beach every year and there have already been "Formula 1 races" in the city center. The "NASCAR Sprint Cup Series" holds two races annually in California, one on the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana and one on the Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma. Motorsport fans can also follow the "AMA Supercross Series" in Anaheim, Oakland and San Diego.

Most of all is Outdoor sports in California also a nature experience. Marathon runners are at the "Badwater Ultramarathon" in Death Valley National Park faced with extreme conditions. You can go canoeing, white water rafting, or fishing on the many rivers in California.

You can find it all over California National parks and untouched nature that is perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Regardless of whether students play sports as fans or as a counterbalance to their studies - or come to California to study a certain sport - the landscape of the Golden State offers practically everything a student could wish for.

Study in California, America's economic engine

"Eureka!" - "It is done!": That is the motto in California and the exclamation could hardly be more appropriate. Students studying in California can Experience innovation up close: No matter whether in contemporary pop culture or in leading industries. Studying in California also gives students the opportunity to network or worldwide Work experience with top American companies to win.

The most vibrant metropolitan areas in California are international economic centers for various industries in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego:

  • Media industry
  • Creative industry
  • Fashion industry
  • Finance
  • international trade
  • IT sector
  • research
  • technology

Also, the Golden State is known to be the Home of the Silicon Valley - one of the world's leading centers for high-tech research. Among the thousands of companies based in Silicon Valley belong some of the largest and most successful companies worldwide: Apple Inc., Adobe, Cisco, eBay, Google, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Netflix and Yahoo !. Incidentally, the largest corporation in California is Walt Disney Co.

Other important industries in California also include agriculture, aerospace engineering, and biotechnology. California is the largest fruit producer in the United States and about half of California's total surface is covered by forests. California also has a growing market for environmental scientists and engineers: the Golden State has am fastest growing solar energy market and the use of hydropower in the US.

North or South: Finding the Right Place to Study in California

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Studying in Northern or Southern California? Regardless of which place of study students choose to study abroad in California, there are fantastic coastlines everywhere on the West Coast.

Not only is California the third largest U.S. state by size, it's also the most populous state. Almost no other state in the US has so much to offer international students studying abroad in terms of culture and scenery.

With Southern California many combine a perfect, sunny climate, Hollywood and surfing beaches. In SoCal there is also the MojaviDesert and the Death Valley National Park. Famous residential areas for stars and the super-rich such as Orange County and Beverly Hills can be found on the California coast.

The further north you travel in California, the cooler and more mountainous the landscape becomes. Northern California is especially with Forests, San Francisco and Vineyards associated in regions like "Napa" and "Sonoma". The temperate but sunny climate in the north is perfect for viticulture and agriculture. Northern California also offers stunning national parks such as Yosemite Valley and Kings Canyon and Sequoia with the oldest trees in the world, the Red Woods.

Northern California (NorCal) and Southern California (SoCal) have excellent universities. When choosing a university of their choice, international students can concentrate entirely on which region is more attractive to them. Southern California is considered to be the more conservative region while Northern California is considered to be more liberal and progressive. All of California is known for its open, multicultural society.

Plus, the growing Hispanic population has shaped California culture for centuries. Students from Germany can meet students from all over the world while studying at California universities, which is what studying abroad in California becomes one intercultural experience makes.

Study in California and explore national parks

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The most famous national park in America: A visit to Yosemite National Park is a must while studying abroad in California.

Another point that speaks for a semester abroad in California is that eight beautiful and varied national parks within the Golden State.

Whether the world famous national parks like Yosemite, Death Valley and Redwoods or the less prominent but equally impressive state parks in California - California's natural parks are home to some of the most famous mountains and landscapes on the planet.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range attracts with its steep mountain formations. In Redwoods National Park, hiking trails lead visitors through a forest of gigantic, hundreds of years old, sequoia trees.

Anyone studying at a university or college in California can explore the diverse and beautiful parks at any time of the year: from Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California by Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California.

The national parks can often only be easily reached with your own vehicle. For this reason, the journey is usually private. Many universities also offer excursions or camping trips to nearby national parks.

  • Channel Islands:
    The National Park located in Southern California with remote islands like the Anacapa Island, offers a diverse coastal landscape with reefs and rock formations.
  • Death Valley:
    One of the most extraordinary national parks - not only in California but also in the United States - is that Death Valley National Park. One of the sheer unique attractions is probably the vastness of the desert landscape. It is a record-breaking one Death Valley National Park also, since this is where both the lowest point in all of North America and the highest point in the United States are: Badwater and Mount Whitney.
  • Joshua Tree:
    The Joshua Tree National Park is similar to the Death Valley National Park, a desert park with a huge amount of natural rock formations. Has been for decades Joshua Tree National Park a magnet for climbers from California and not without reason: There are easy routes for beginners as well as challenging routes for experienced climbers.Even away from the climbing routes, adventurous students can marvel at a lot: above all, of course, the unique ones Joshua Treesto which the park owes its name, or also the Cholla "Jumping"Cacti.
  • Kings Canyon and Sequoia:
    The Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park impresses with its huge tree population, which also includes two of the largest trees in the world. International students can marvel at the rivers, hiking trails and waterfalls as well as one of the most impressive caves in California while studying abroad.
  • Let Volcanic:
    The northernmost National Park in California is Lassen Volcanic National Park. There is a huge selection of mountains and volcanoes, some of which are still active. Summiteers can use the Late Volcanic National Park, climb the 3,000-meter-high summit, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the National Park offers. Students shouldn't miss the Bumpass Hell Paththat leads past the volcanoes.
  • Pinnacles:
    The Pinnacles National Park is not as famous as the others National parks, which is why students here are best able to hike away from the tourist hustle and bustle and that Pinnacles National Monumentwho have favourited caves like that Balconies Caveand marvel at the mountains.
  • Redwoods:
    Northwest California is not only home to a variety of beautiful groves and vast forests, but it is also home to the famous redwoods. The Avenue of the Giants is just one of the many attractions in the Redwoods National Park.
  • Yosemite:
    The Yosemite National Park is world famous for the beauty of its nature. Accordingly, students studying in California should pay a visit to this one National Park be sure to plan. Yosemite is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts around four million visitors every year. In the National Park, visitors marvel at the steep walls of the Yosemite Valley, rushing waterfalls and the alpine beauty of the Tuolumne Meadows.