If you have narrowed down California as your number one study abroad destination, then you are sure to be amazed with what this great US state has to offer. California is world-renowned for its excellent public school system and it is home to some of the world’s most prestigious universities. Of course, sun-soaked beaches and natural landscapes add to its appeal, but there is a lot more than what meets the eye. Here are the top 7 reasons why you should consider studying in California.

  1. Excellent Public School System

California is one of the largest states in the US and its higher education system boasts some of the most globally renowned schools. Stanford University leads the way as a teaching and research university, followed by schools like California Institute of Technology and the University of California system. The University of California is one of the USA’s largest public research university systems, which includes the University of California - Berkeley and the University of California - San Diego – both of which are particularly famous among Indian students. These schools have an unmatched expertise in the research and teaching of areas including agriculture, aerospace, manufacturing and technology.

       2.  Multicultural Experience

Similar to its vast geographical expanse, California also offers a diverse cultural experience. The state embodies the rich history and heritage of America and is regarded as a socially liberal state that is home to a large and culturally diverse population. California caters to all tastes and budgets, with cultures, traditions, people and cuisine available from around the globe, it can easily become your second home.

       3. Technology Leaders

California is home to the infamous Silicon Valley, which serves as a base for some of the world’s pioneering technology and innovation companies. If you’re interested in these fields, you’ll be in good company with headquarters of the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook, Adobe and Netflix. This also means there are plenty of valuable networking opportunities where you can rub shoulders with some of the greatest tech minds on the planet!

7 reasons to choose California

       4. Study Sustainability  

Environmental science and sustainability is a trending global issue. And while most nations are counting on their think tanks to invent innovative solutions for their future energy needs, you can study environmental subjects with greater focus and create the change the world needs. California is one of the most eco-friendly and environmentally sensitive places on earth, which is reflected in the great courses on offer in this field at its universities.  

       5. Sunny Days to Explore

California experiences a warm and pleasant Mediterranean-like climate all year round, and if this is something that would suit you then you should pack your bags and head to the West Coast of the US. The perfect weather means you’ll have more freedom to explore your surroundings and make the most of your time abroad. While you study in California, you will get to enjoy a range of incredible sights and natural wonders right on your doorstep. These sights include the beautiful Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, the Mojave Desert and iconic architecture such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a road trip on the famous Pacific Coast highway through Big Sur, or jump onto Route 66 for the experience of a lifetime.

      6. Get Creative

You might be surprised to learn that California is also a hotspot for the creative learners and not just the science enthusiasts. So if you have passion for creative arts like dance, theater, music and more, then California has both: the schools and the entertainment industry that can help your talent take flight. California also boasts headquarters of world-famous studios including Disney, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures and MGM Studios where you can get a headstart in your selected industry.

  1. Sports

Perhaps it’s due to all the sunshine, but many California schools have excellent college sports teams and great opportunities for sporting scholarships. So, if sports are high on your list of priorities, then California should be high on your list of destinations to consider. For those who prefer to watch from the sidelines, the state also has more professional sports franchises than any other, making it a great place to catch a few games!

Where To Study In California

So now that you’re itching to put in your applications to some California schools, we’ve put together a few great options to help you on your way:

  • San Jose State University – This public university is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley and has an excellent reputation. So, if you fancy being neighbours with tech powerhouses like Facebook and Google, this is the school for you!
  • California Baptist University – With fantastic facilities and endless options for recreational activity, this university is a firm favourite for students who want to be close to Los Angeles, but in a quieter neighbourhood. If you’re looking to study in the medical field, this university also has a great reputation for health-related majors. 
  • University of La VerneThis private and nationally recognised liberal arts university is very engaged in the local community, allowing students the opportunity to experience personal growth in the classroom as well as out of it.
  • Westcliff University Situated in Irvine, only a short distance from Downtown LA, this great university is a popular option for international students, as its tuition fees are very competitive.
  • Mills College – This college is just a few miles from the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, and offers top-quality education for women. If you’re interested in a single-sex undergraduate experience, this one’s for you!

Get started on your dream to study in California, click here to see all the schools you can apply to!  

About the Author: Tessa Cunliffe, a South African based digital copywriter and marketer, with a passion for travel and learning. Yoga-inspired and coffee-fuelled. Always planning the next adventure.

About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.