The Los Angeles Experience

Studying Abroad

Students come from all over the world to study English in Los Angeles. There are many shared experiences among students, but everyone still has their own unique perspective on living in this city. Here, former Student Ambassador, Marco (Switzerland), shares his personal experience with us.

Dinner with new friends in LA!

Marco’s Experience in LA

Before I decided to come to the United States to improve my English, I was really scared about it. But something told me to book this experience, so I went to the Travel Agency and made the reservation. After that I felt a little bit strange. But I thought it was okay because I booked my trip in October for the next year in June… Time went on, and when I had my last week in Switzerland, I felt a lot of different feelings and I was thinking all the time about how it would be when I arrived in Los Angeles, alone, for the first time in my life.

Arriving in the City of Angels

The day I arrived in Los Angeles, I felt a little bit strange, but good. I was looking forward to starting school and meeting new people. I have experienced a lot of amazing things and I still feel excited about it. Also, when I had my first school day I felt very welcomed by everyone.

Never Alone

After just a few days I had met many people from different countries, and made a lot of new friends. Now I have three more weeks to stay in LA and I feel like this was the best decision I made in my life so far. I learned so many things about people, about culture and about myself. This has also been a great experience to develop my personality. And the most important thing is: You are never alone! There are always people around you and if you are willing to leave your comfort zone, you will have an amazing time; it doesn’t matter where you are. People don’t have to be afraid or shy with others, because everyone has something you can learn from them. It doesn’t matter where people are from, or which language they speak, or what they look like. Everyone is special in the way they are. To appreciate people and different cultures helps you a lot in your life. Not only that, but when you go back to your country, then you really know what you have.


I am thankful for all of the experiences I have been made here in Los Angeles.

– Marco Mastroianni

Thank you, Marco, for your maturity and encouragement. We are so glad that you had such a great experience at ECLA!

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Post Edited By: Ashley Lee