Archives for April 2012

Study Abroad in California Videos

Our Austrian students loved their time with their host families

ECI student talks about his experience abroad

Study abroad student Felix shares what it has been like living with a host family in San Francisco.

Traveling with friends and living with a host family makes studying abroad special even for students who have visited America in the past.

Study abroad students enjoying a tour of San Francisco

See the beautiful scenery the Bay Area has to offer if you study abroad with ECI in California.

Dramatic hills, the famous Cable Cars, Union Square shopping district, Lombard St, Alcatraz Prison, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Learn about the ECI Host Family experience

Host parents share their experience hosting a high school study abroad student from Austria.

Hosting a student from Europe is a fun way for American families to learn about a different way of life, while sharing what makes your hometown special.

Austrian study abroad students’ Farewell party

The visiting students perform for their host families at their farewell party.

Performance includes the Austrian national anthem, a piano recital, saying goodbye to host families, and demonstrating a traditional waltz.

American student shares her ECI hosting experience

Ashley found it very easy to communicate and get along with her Austrian host student.

Visiting Felix this summer in Vienna is an added bonus of hosting a student.

Farewell to our Austrian students

Visiting UC Berkeley and saying goodbye to San Francisco

It seemed to go by so quickly. It was great having the Austrians here for those short 2 weeks. The last couple of days with them were great. We had the farewell performance on Sunday and the day in Berkeley on Monday before they returned to the airport.

The students had fun at the farewell party. I know many of them were nervous to be on stage and speaking in English the entire time, but they did great. I hope all of the host families enjoyed the show. I hope every ones’ sweet tooth was satisfied that night!

Visiting the UC Berkeley campus

For the last day, we loaded all of their luggage onto the truck and took off on the long haul over to Berkeley. We had a quick tour around the campus where we learned about the freedom of speech rallies at University of California – Berkeley, saw some actual dinosaur bones, and checked out views of San Francisco from the hill. I don’t think the students were as impressed with the Berkeley campus as they were with Stanford, but enjoyed the day. They then explored and did some last minute shopping in Berkeley.

I asked several of them what their favorite part of the trip was and here’s what they said: their host families, walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, learning and playing Baseball, hot dogs and hamburgers, shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf, their tour leader and one student said everything! They were excited to get home, but sad to leave. I hope everyone keeps in touch. I know I had fun!

Along with the group photos are a few pictures from the Roberts’ host family and their student Ina. They had a great time hosting, and took her on a special trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Auf Wiedersehen,
– Marya

Return to the U.S. this summer with ECI!

Want more opportunities to improve your English and explore California? Then enroll in one of our summer immersion programs for European students. You’ll find all the details on the Edu-Culture International, Europe website.