September 2 - 5

Registration closes August 24, unless this course sells out sooner

course details


San Diego's nickname is "America's Finest City" - take a class here to find out why! With sunny, warm weather year-round and plenty of beaches, parks and cultural history to enjoy, San Diego has something for everyone. During the four day course, students will visit and learn about California history in Old Town, as well as explore Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in North America. Students will also spend time at the world-famous La Jolla beaches, visit downtown San Diego's beautiful waterfront, and learn about the city's military history with a visit to the USS Midway.

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Make a Difference & Discover The U.S.

Costs and Educational Hours

Receive 60 or 72 educational hours (equivalent to 6 credits) for the 4-day Make a Difference & Discover course at an all-inclusive price of $649. This price includes tuition and registration, course materials, educational excursions including activities and transportation during class hours, and six meals.

Note: Hours include pre-weekend assignments, post-weekend assignments, and a course evaluation. Check with your au pair agency regarding hours and credits, as requirements vary.  Also, scheduled activities may be subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances and may be different from previous weekends.

Classes will be held at the following times:

Friday: (Check-in from 11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.) 12 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Attendance is mandatory beginning on Friday with check-in, and does not end until Monday at 4:00 p.m. Students are expected to attend the full weekend and complete all assignments to receive their Completion Letter. We understand emergencies and important scheduling conflicts can occur, so please contact the program coordinator as soon as possible if there is a situation that prevents you from meeting any of these requirements.
After registering for this course, you’ll get a link to join Canvas the day that your pre-assignments become available.


Courses are offered at the University of California, San Diego City Center campus.


UCSD University City Center Campus
6256 Greenwich Drive

San Diego, CA 92122

UCSD Website

Parking Information
Parking is free in the large parking garage adjacent to the classroom building.

Housing is optional and IS NOT included in the price of tuition, but can be arranged as a convenience for students who want to stay close to campus. You can sign up and pay for housing as part of registration.


Housing prices vary by weekend depending on the season. Options range from about $40-75/night depending on the type of bed. Shuttling to and from classes during the weekend, breakfast, and wi-fi are included. Housing is on a first-come, first-served basis and student preferences are not guaranteed. All weekend specific housing details are included in the registration process.