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AUS students enjoy cultural visit to California
Thirty-two American University of Sharjah (AUS) students spent their spring break on a cultural visit to California, USA, from March 29 to April 5. The students are part of the Student Multicultural Learning Program of the AUS Office of Student Affairs (OSA).
The students began their trip with a bus tour of Los Angeles. The students experienced the Star Home tours, where they were able to see the houses of around 40 celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Nicolas Cage, Courtney Cox and Jennifer Lopez, among others. The bus tour continued through Rodeo Drive, a shopping district known for its designer labels and high-end boutiques. Students also had the chance to take photos of the famous Hollywood sign, and the day's program was concluded with a visit to Venice Beach and the Walk of Fame.
The students then visited Universal Studios to learn more about the American film industry and movie production. During the visit, students learned about special effects and 3D animation featured in various shows in the theme park. Students also embarked on the Studio Tour where they explored city blocks, houses and buildings made especially for filming movies such as Fast and the Furious and Back to the Future, the TV series Desperate Housewives and many others.
Visiting the city of San Diego, the students learned about American marine life through the various exhibitions and presentations at San Diego Sea World. They also visited Disneyland, where they enjoyed the various rides and attractions of the theme park. The tour was concluded with a visit to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, where the students took pictures with wax replicas of their favorite Hollywood stars.
"OSA's Student Multicultural Learning Program organizes international trips based on student requests identified through surveys and direct student feedback. The program has become popular among students because it offers them a way to engage in multicultural learning through activities beyond their daily experiences on campus," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. "This program promotes the strategic goals of OSA and AUS, and we are proud of our students for being good ambassadors of the university wherever they go," she added.
"It was my first time to join the program and the trip to California was a truly memorable experience. We have had so much fun while at the same time learning and knowing more about the American culture and way of life. I am very thankful to Student Affairs for giving me the opportunity to travel with my peers and for being part of this cultural visit to America," said Abdallah Al Mutawa, a senior public administration student.
The AUS delegation was headed by Dr. Al Shehhi and accompanied by Munketh Taha, Director of Student Development and Organizations, and event supervisors Virgilio Mateo Jr. and Hussam Steitieh.