As a popular tourist destination, a hotspot for Hollywood celebrities, and a home to some of the world’s best entertainment attractions, like Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, it’s hard to find something not to love about Los Angeles. And thanks to the recent success of the toe-tapping musical La La Land, international students from around the globe are racing to make LA their study destination of choice.
This trend-setting global metropolis is the entertainment capital of the world, and represents an ideal spot for students hoping to travel in their free time. There’s something for everyone in this city, whether you’re a trendy artisan, a sports enthusiast, or a pop culture junkie. On the weekend, students take trips to Venice Beach or Santa Monica, where they spend time swimming, surfing or generally lazing about. But if the seaside isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of other things to do, like exploring scenic hiking trails that outline L.A. streets.
Aside from its wealth of attractions, the city of L.A and the surrounding California state are both great destinations for foreign-born students as they host large communities of international residents. In fact, California is known to be among the most diverse states in the U.S., where 44 percent of Californian residents speak a language other than English at home. L.A. has restaurants with the cuisine of the world, including nearly 7,000 Chinese restaurants and the best Thai and Korean cuisine in America. Los Angeles is booming tech hub too, with over 500 tech firms located in L.A.’s Silicon Beach: YouTube, Google, Snapchat, Facebook, and others. These companies are growing and looking for interns and entry-level professionals.
And to top it off, California fosters an outstanding public university system, making somewhere like L.A. the perfect place further your tertiary education, with California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) offering particularly promising prospects. As a leading educational institution in Southern California, Cal State LA is ranked 1st nationally in the social mobility of its students by the New York Times, and 7th nationally among 671 Master’s Universities by Washington Monthly Magazine.
A comprehensive university with a global student body
Cal State LA teaches around 28,000 students a year and is known for being one of the most ethnically and racially diverse institutions in America. The University makes a conscious effort to strengthen its community through various on-campus groups. The International Programs Office hosts field trips and events to deepen the cultural exchange experience and help acclimatize new international visitors to the Cal State LA vibe. The University’s student-run clubs provide fantastic opportunities to get involved and make new friends. The university’s Cross-Cultural Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services that explore both the shared and unique experiences, histories, and heritages of L.A.’s diverse community.
The campus lies on a stunning 70-acre hilltop campus close to Downtown L.A., with several unmissable attractions lying on the campus itself. Cal State LA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, the Billie Jean King Sports Complex, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good and the new LA Biospace incubator.
A business education with a difference
Consistently ranked one of the nation’s ‘Best Business Schools’ according to The Princeton Review, the College of Business and Economics (CBE) provides award-winning and affordable programs that focus on developing student success, community engagement and a collaborative culture. The CBE, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), offers three undergraduate programs and six graduate programs: the MBA, MS Accountancy, MS Business Administration (in several fields), MA Economics, MS Healthcare Management and MS Information Systems. Students specialize in areas like forensic accounting, entrepreneurship, social media, information systems, health care management, business data analytics, entertainment management, as well as other, more traditional business fields.
Besides providing a comprehensive education, the College adds hands-on learning and project-centered activities to all its business programs, ensuring all CBE graduates are career-ready and equipped with the knowledge needed to succeed in today’s complex business world. For example, through the Marshall Geller Golden Eagle Opportunity Fund (GEOF), finance students can obtain this crucial real-world experience by applying their investment and portfolio management principles to the management of the real money in the GEOF. MBA candidates work with local companies to provide a business analysis and recommendations for improving the company’s success. The College also provides placement services to help students develop the professional skills needed to succeed in a global business environment, all the while connecting students and recent graduates with meaningful internship and career positions.
CBE graduates work for top firms including Amazon, Disney, NASA-JPL, Tesla, and Unilever. In addition to work placements, the College holds various programs and events including several speaker series, entrepreneurship events including Startup Weekend and the Business Pitch, and academic conference competitions that help build skills and resumes.
With 70 years of education experience, Cal State LA is an institution that provides you with a high-quality degree to prepare you to thrive in the business realm. And there’s no better place to keep you active and engaged than the City of Angels itself!
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