Activities and resources for International Students at UCLA Extension and Los Angeles California
Los Angeles is a great city to study. You can do so many activities in the city that can help you keep improving your English outside of the classroom.
Being a participant in a UCLA Extension program gives you access to many of the great facilities at University of California, Los Angeles. Besides the many campus cafes where you can mingle with American students, Ackerman Student Union is home to the main campus bookstore, which sells books, clothing, and other UCLA merchandise. It also has many fast-food restaurants
As an UCLA Extension student you also have access to many recreational facilities on the UCLA campus, where several events of the 1984 Olympic Games were hosted. These facilities include swimming pools, gyms, tennis courts, soccer and track facilities, and an exercise and fitness center.
Sunset Canyon Recreation Center is a parklike facility that offers year-round recreation. It features a 50 meter pool with diving structure, a 25 meter family pool, picnic and barbecue areas, a sand volleyball court, and large grassy areas for relaxing in the sun.
"Los Angeles is located just 2 hours of San Diego, 4 hours of Las Vegas, and 6 hours of San Francisco by car"
What to do in Los Angeles California?
Los Angeles has a lot of beautiful places and tourist attractions. Among them are:
The best way to see Hollywood is on a walking tour. Most attractions are located a few blocks from the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The courtyard of the Chinese Theater, as it is known in Hollywood, is one of the most popular attractions in Hollywood for all the handprints and patterned shoes from Hollywood celebrities since 1927.
The Walk of Fame at the Hollywood Boulevard honors those who have put their mark on certain films, music and theater by giving them a star placed on the side of the street. You can spend hours looking for your favorite stars such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Hanks, etc.
There are many things you can do on Hollywood. One of them is to visit the homes of movie stars in special tourist vans. Most of them starts from the Chinese theater and the price is varied depending on the length of the tour. These tours provide an overview of the most important attractions to see in Hollywood.
Southern California Beaches
Santa Monica beach is one of the most popular beach in Los Angeles. Santa Monica is located along the Pacific Ocean about 30 minutes from downtown LA. On the Third Street Promenade, you can find interesting shops, charming outdoor cafes and entertainment of street performers.
Venice Beach, just south of Santa Monica, is famous for its unique culture. Along the coast there are small shops lined up where you can find different things, from trendy, inexpensive clothes to tattoos. "Muscle Beach" located in Venice Beach is an outdoor gym next to the ocean where many Californians do exercise. You can also rent bikes or skates and explore the shoreline.
Manhattan and Hermosa Beach are located south of Venice Beach and Marina del Rey. In these beaches Beach Volleyball was born.
If you prefer a beach where you can relax away from the tourist crowds, you can go north or south of the city. Local residents of LA go to Laguna Beach, Zuma or Malibu.
There are four major theme parks in the area of Los Angeles:
- Disneyland is the largest and most popular theme park. It is located in Anaheim where you can enjoy more than 60 major rides and shows.
- Universal Studios offers a variety of attractions like 3D animations, shows and themed roller coasters from popular films as Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, The Simpsons, Harry Potter, and The Mummy.
- Six Flags Magic Mountain is a Warner Brothers theme park with over 100 rides, shows and games. This park is famous for having the best roller coasters in the world.
- Knott's Berry Farm is the amusement park of Snoopy. In it you will find attractions as roller coasters and shows.
Griffith Park with its planetarium is located on Hollywood Hills. It contains recreational facilities, natural areas and various family attractions. You can do pony rides, nature walks and scenic walks. Griffith Park has a great view of the famous Hollywood sign. The planetarium and observatory offer various shows throughout the day.
Cemetery Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where they were buried some famous Hollywood stars like Michael Jackson, is also nearby. In this park, you can see many marble and bronze statues and the Museum of Mexican History.
J. Paul Getty Center Museum
Los Angeles has a variety of historical and art museums. One of the most popular is the Getty Museum. This museum is characterized by its beautiful architecture and gardens. Besides you can appreciate a spectacular view of Los Angeles.
Sports Events in Los Angeles
Los Angeles hosts a number of world-famous sports teams, including professional organizations like the Dodgers the Angeles Lakers, the Angeles Clippers, etc.
Many TV studios are located in Los Angeles, especially near Hollywood. You can visit studios as Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, NBC or CBS.