Activities in San Diego, California for International Students of UCSD Extension

Activities for international students in San Diego and UCSD

Activities in San Diego at the extension of the University of California San Diego (UCSD Extension) is an official representative of UCSD Extension

One of the best things to do to keep practicing your English outside of the classroom is by participating in social, sport and other activities and making new friends in San Diego California

International Students from these programs have access to several student activities and resources from the campus of the University of California San Diego. In addition, the city of San Diego and surrounding areas offer many different entertaining things to do.
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UCSD Campus Facilities

International Students of the Extension programs can enjoy of University of California San Diego Campus facilities, such as Gym, library, restaurants, etc. To use the campus swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, and other campus recreational facilities, you can buy a “Rec Card,” which is approximately $100 per quarter.

Field Trips in San Diego and near cities

As if San Diego's 70 miles of coastline and reliably sunny weather weren't enough, the city is also home to museums, a world-renowned zoo, theme parks, famous golf courses, and a lively theater scene, as well as great food, shopping and nightlife in the historic downtown quarter.. Students on their own also visit near cities during the weekends, as Las Vegas or Los Angeles.

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University of California San Diego activities and resources for International Students in San Diego

While studying at UC San Diego Extension, students can take advantage of many UC San Diego campus facilities. The university is great for outdoor activities and has one of the most comprehensive sports facilities among San Diego schools

"San Diego is a great place to study English and to enjoy an amazing city"

Did you know that UC San Diego Extension International Programs has an Activities Coordinator to plan activities for the international students?

Here are some of the activities that the coordinator arranges:

  • Day at the Bay Barbecue & Water Sports
  • Disneyland
  • San Diego Zoo
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Whale Watching
  • Conversation Cafés
  • San Diego Padres Baseball Games
  • Paintball
  • Surf Day

*Some activities, such as the Day at the Bay and the Conversation Cafés, are free of charge. Others require payment to cover transportation and admission tickets.

San Diego ZOO

The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. San Diego Zoo pioneered the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. It is one of the few zoos in the world that houses the giant panda.

The San Diego ZOO Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park, is an 1,800 acre zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.

Sea World San Diego

See the world-famous Shamu Show at SeaWorld San Diego! With more than 100 million visitors since its opening on March 21, 1964, SeaWorld is San Diego's No. 1 tourist attraction and one of the most popular marine parks in the world. It's located in Mission Bay, and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a must-see if you're visiting San Diego. Tuesdays are the best days to go, as they have free rotating museum days. Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre urban cultural park in San Diego, California. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

La Jolla beach

La Jolla Shores is a sandy beach approximately one mile long, located in La Jolla, right next to the University of California San Diego. In summer, waves at this beach are usually the most gentle of all San Diego beaches. La Jolla Shores lies adjacent to the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve

San Diego Bay

Considered to be one of the best natural harbors on the west coast of North America. San Diego Bay is a natural harbor and deepwater port located in San Diego County, California. The highly urbanized land adjacent to the bay includes the city of San Diego (eighth largest city in the United States) and four other cities, including National City, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and Coronado.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is a neighborhood in San Diego, bounded by La Jolla to the north, Mission Beach and Mission Bay to the south. Is very popular by in young people, surfers, and college students. Pacific Beach is home to one of San Diego's more developed nightlife scenes, with a great variety of bars, eateries, and clothing stores.

San Diego Downtown

The heart of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego's thriving downtown districts offer a plethora of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all accessible by foot or by trolley. Modern and historic buildings stand side-by-side, in the downtown historic Gaslamp District, housing shops and boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars and fine dining restaurants.


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