San Diego & California

San Diego is “America’s Finest City.” Wide sandy beaches, Mediterranean climate, international flair, and a vibrant culture characterize San Diego as one of the most beautiful places in the world! With a population of 1.4 million, San Diego is the second largest city in California and is situated directly on the Pacific Ocean.

Mexico is just 30 minutes away, giving San Diego an international flair. You can find a lot of Mexican influences in San Diego County’s architecture, flair, and culinary delights. Historically, San Diego has a lot to offer. Throughout the city, you’ll find museums and monuments that show the footsteps of the early pioneers and settlers of the western United States.

Study Abroad in San Diego – Climate

San Diego is located in Southwestern California, and the city’s close proximity to the Pacific ensures a pleasantly mild climate year round. The average daytime temperatures are between 24 and 29 degrees in the summer with very few days falling below 18 degrees in the winter. With an average of nine hours of sunshine per day and less than 30 rainy days per year, San Diego has countless outdoor recreational activities – on the beach, in the city, or in the nearby mountains.

Studying between palm trees and surfboards – an incomparable experience. Learning with the sun on my face and sand between my toes has made my dreams come true.

Laurine K. – Semester Abroad – National University in San Diego

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Study Abroad in San Diego – Leisure Time

San Diego is known worldwide as a popular tourist destination and offers something for everyone! The famous must-sees, such as the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, are even discounted for students of National University. Explore Balboa Park, home to a variety of museums and cultural venues including the Rose Garden, Orchid House, and a replica of the London Globe Theater. For lovers of American history, the Cabrillo Monument marks the southern tip where the first Spanish settlers landed and is a recommended national landmark. The former aircraft carrier the USS Midway has been converted into a museum and is worth a visit as well.

San Diego’s beach cities (Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach) are particularly popular and invite you to surf, dive, snorkel, swim, or sail year round. The beautiful district of La Jolla in the north of San Diego offers tide pools, shopping, fine dining, and beautiful hikes and views. Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter offers exceptional nightlife, from rooftop bars to late-night clubs and unique world cuisine.

But not only San Diego has a lot to offer – whether day trips, weekend trips or longer holidays – do not miss to get to know California and Mexico better!

If you would like to learn more about what San Diego has to offer, we invite you to browse through our student stories from our current and former National University students to get a first-hand impression of what awaits you during your study abroad adventure in San Diego

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