American Homestay Network – Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the U.S. When you fly in, you will be amazed by the sprawling metropolis. The city is famous for Hollywood which is home to the entertainment industry, including several movie studios. There is a vast variety of colleges and universities to choose from, so you are almost guaranteed to find a school that fits your needs. Some of the notable universities include University of California, California State University, and Occidental College.

Fun Facts About Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles original name was El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula, which translates to The town of our lady queen of the angels of the Porciuncula River.
  • The LA coroner’s office has a gift shop.
  • Beverly Hills started out as a modest lima bean ranch.
  • The Hollywood sign originally said “Hollywoodland”.
  • Dodger Stadium is carved deep into the ground, which is very different from other stadiums.

Homestay Parter Institutions in Los Angeles

Hancock International College

HIC provides English language and training from their central location at the University Center in Irvine, Orange County, California.    At HIC, you will be able to use your English in a cultural and conversational setting as well as in the classroom, a great way to prepare for further study in the USA.  AHN provides students a great place to practice their English with a local host near campus that will provide further orientation to American life.

Kaplan Medical

For foreign doctors looking to prepare for the USMLE and your U.S. Medical Residency, Kaplan Medical offers an in-depth training program with first-rate centers, expert instruction, and friendly staff to help you achieve success on USMLE and enjoy a rich, cultural experience in the United States.  AHN provides students a great place to start their time with a welcome package and hosts near campus that allows students to begin their medical prep, worry-free. Kaplan Medical’s Los Angeles center is located near Cal Tech in Pasadena.

Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks in Pasadena is a professional school offering Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Organizational Leadership degree programs. Being located only ten miles from downtown Los Angeles it provides easy access to nearly all that Southern California has to offer—including hundreds of schools, clinics, and nonprofit organizations for volunteering, internship, practicum, and fieldwork experiences. AHN has hosts nearby who will help and support you, so you can focus on your studies.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides exceptional Behavioral Sciences & Psychology graduate degrees from its two area locations: Downtown Los Angeles and Irvine in Orange County.   Recognized as one of America’s leading universities dedicated to psychology and related health sciences, The Chicago School has developed programs that are built to prepare graduates to face the challenges of a global society.  While in California, students will also learn how to take theory and apply it in the field.  AHN provides students a great place to start their time with a welcome package and hosts near campus.

UCLA Extension

UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) is one of leading and most dynamic universities in the United States. Through the UCLA Extension, international students and professionals can participate in Certificate Programs for International Students or boost your English language skills through the American Language Center. Programs from UCLA Extension provide an essential foundation for your academic and career advancement, as well as personal and social networking, especially when combined with a homestay placement.

Yuin University

Located 20 miles south of Los Angeles, Yuin University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs through a School of Business Administration and School of Theology.  Yuin University serves the holistic needs of its students, so that they may promote the mental, spiritual, physical, and financial well-being of the communities in which they live.  AHN provides students a great place to start their time in California with a welcome package and hosts near campus.

Other Colleges and Universities in Los Angeles

University of California: Los Angeles
Programs: Psychology, Mathematics,Integrative Biology and Physiology, Economics, Neuroscience
Interesting fact: Bring it On, Nutty Professor and Legally Blond were all filmed at UCLA

University of Southern California
Programs: Business, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Social Work
Interesting Fact: The USC marching band is the only one in the US that has earned a platinum record.

Los Angeles City College
Programs: Art, Computer Science and Information Technology, Dietetics, ESL, and Kinesiology
Interesting Fact: The LACC campus was the original location of UCLA before it moved to Westwood, CA.

Los Angeles Valley College
Programs: Anthropology, Paralegal, Broadcasting, Commercial Music, Theatre
Interesting Fact: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, House of Cards) all went to LAVC.

Occidental College
Programs: Geology, Art History & Visual Arts, Geology, HIstory, Public Health
Interesting Fact: When Occidental College opened in 1887, tuition was only $50 a year!

Explore The City

Try a Meetup! is a collection of groups that put on events called meetups. You can join groups based on your interests. It is a great way to meet new people in Los Angeles. Here are few groups to start out with:


Eugene has four seasons and gets quite a bit of snow in the winter. The highest average temperature in the summer is 83 and the average temperature in the winter is 47.

History and Demographics

Take a look at a historical Timeline of Los Angeles going all the way back to 38,000 BC! When you’ve got your fill of interesting historical facts, take a moment to learn about the people that live in Los Angeles today.

Los Angeles History
Los Angeles Demographics