San Diego & California

America’s Finest City” – fantastic wide sandy beaches, Mediterranean climate, international flair and a vibrant city 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, which gives San Diego an international flair. You can also find a lot of Mexican input in San Diego County’s architecture, flair and culinary delights. Historically, San Diego has a lot to offer: all over the city, you’ll find museums and monuments which show the footsteps of the early pioneers and settlers of the western United States.

Study Abroad in San Diego – Climate

The southern location of San Diego and the city’s close proximity to the Pacific ensure a pleasantly mild climate all year round. The average daytime temperatures are between 24 and 29 degrees in summer. In winter on only a few days the temperature falls to less than 18 degrees. With an average of 9 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 worldwide known as a popular tourist destination and offers leisure activities for everybody! The famous must-sees such as San Diego Zoo or Sea World are not only absolutely worth seeing, but also discounted for students of National University. Explore the multi-faceted Balboa Park, home to a variety of museums and cultural venues, as well as a replica of the London Globe Theater, Rose Garden and Orchid House. Artists, musicians and showmen frolic every day in Balboa Park, creating a great atmosphere. For lovers of American history, the Cabrillo Monument is recommended; the southern tip where the first Spanish settlers landed. The former aircraft carrier USS Midway has been converted into a museum and is as well worth a visit.

If it just takes you to the beach, then San Diego has many locations to offer. San Diego’s so-called Beach Cities (Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach) are particularly popular and invite you to do surfing, diving, snorkeling, sailing and other water and beach activities all year round. But also the beautiful district of La Jolla in the north of San Diego has great beaches and in the “Children’s Pool” you can observe sea-crabs.

For future students in San Diego, there is no difficulty finding cozy bars and lounges, nice restaurants and great clubs for dancing! Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter takes you from shopping malls, to high-end dining, to the hottest dance halls. 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 want to know what else San Diego and California have to offer, we invite you to browse through our student stories from our former and current National University students. This way you will get a first-hand impression of what awaits you during your study abroad adventure in San Diego.

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