ECHO-UCLA StudyTrip October 2022

14 July 2022

ECHO-UCLA StudyTrip 2022: making admission, access and excelling in higher education inclusive

What does inclusive education look like in practice, in relation to admission, selection, affiliation, transfer and student success? What is the influence of social movements such as Black Lives Matter, Anti-Asian Racism and #MeToo on putting on the agenda and tackling the fight against racism, sexism and heterosexism? What are preconditions for successful and meaningful experiences of students in a constantly changing, more diverse context? What does this require of professionals in programmes and faculties of universities and colleges? How can higher education professionals and students work together in co-creation to address existing and new issues? These questions and more will be answered during an inspiring study trip to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). From 6 – 14 October 2022, under the guidance of ECHO, you will be taken on board in a stimulating programme that connects theory, research, experience and practice.

Do you want to learn from effectively proven programs at UCLA aimed at equality of opportunity in successful transitions (MBO-HBO, VO-HO, BA-MA, MA-PhD), admission and selection aimed at attracting more diversity, theory and practice aimed at expression mechanisms, student success and ‘inclusive excellence’? This study trip offers you opportunities to learn from the knowledge and practices developed at institutions in LA and the experiences of participants from the Netherlands and Flanders.

The success of the Academic Advancement Program (AAP) and programs of the Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) at UCLA are a major source of inspiration for institutions in and outside of California. In 2018 and 2019, the transfer program coordinated by CCCP received several national awards for the quantitative and qualitative success of the program. In the Netherlands, too, several programmes have been inspired by these programmes in recent years. Examples include the Erasmus Pre Aacademic Programme at EUR and the Students-4-Students Campaign. Admission and selection to a university like UCLA means working far out of the gate with high schools, with community colleges, and with communities that represent the diversity of LA and California. In addition, as a selective public university, UCLA is one of the most diverse universities in the U.S. Part of making admission selection and retention policies more inclusive is to actively engage in outreach and enrollment preparation in the most diverse neighborhoods of the city where UCLA students representing these communities work with high schools to achieve impact. UCLA, like Berkeley and other University of California universities, intends to qualify as a Hispanic Serving Institution by 2025.

The purpose of the study trip is to provide concrete examples of programmes of both secondary (vocational) education and higher education: ‘pathways to success’. During the study trip you will meet a large number of inspiring speakers, both professionals and students from UCLA, Community Colleges and High Schools. During the programme, ECHO will guide and facilitate the participants in translating American experiences into the Dutch context.

Sign up & more info

If you want to participate in the study trip to UCLA, you can download the application form and send it to: Would you like more information or do you have any questions? Please contact Mary Tupan-Wenno, tel: +31 6 53811172 or mail to


Thursday 29 September 2022: (Online) Information meeting

Information meeting from 15.00 – 16.30. During this online meeting you will get to know ECHO and the other participants. You will receive practical and substantive information in preparation for the trip.

Thursday 6 October 2022: Departure

Departure from Amsterdam and arrival in LA or for Flemish participants departure from Brussels.

Thursday 6 October 2022: Arrival and Reception at the hotel

Meet colleagues from UCLA during a short reception and dinner on the first evening.

Friday, October 7, 2022: General Introduction

General introduction and introduction to the (higher) education system in the US and California.

Saturday 8 October 2022: Free day

This day can be spent exploring Los Angeles.

Sunday 9 October 2022: (morning): first reflection and intervision and (afternoon) no programme

Monday, October 10, 2022: Visit Community College

This day is dedicated to promotion of advancement and academic preparation. Visit from a community college with which UCLA has a partnership. Students, lecturers and transfer professionals from UCLA and the community college work together both in terms of content and process within the transfer process.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022: UCLA, preparation for entry, selection, study success & inclusive education

This day focuses on outreach, selection, intake promotion, study success and advancement promotion at UCLA. How does UCLA organize the collaboration with the preliminary phase, the admission and guidance and support such as tutoring, mentoring and counseling? What are student experiences?

Wednesday, October 12, 2022: Visit High School and State University

On this day, you will be introduced to programs that are the basis for the successful progression from high schools to UCLA. You will visit a high school. A visit is also made to a state university with which UCLA works closely.

Thursday 13 October 2022: Reflection session and departure to Amsterdam

On the morning of departure, there is still an opportunity to reflect on all the insights and impressions gained during the trip. After this you can get ready for departure to Amsterdam.

14 October 2022: arrival in Amsterdam

Date to be determined in December 2022: Return meeting

At this meeting, the participants are invited to present the plans that have been formed as a result of the insights and experiences in UCLA.


The price for participation is € 4.950,-[1] (including 157,50 VAT[2]). If you register before 15 August 2022, an early bird discount of € 250 applies,-.


  • Return flight Amsterdam – Los Angeles
  • Stay in hotel for six days incl. breakfast. Each participant has their own room.
  • Reception reception with hot buffet on 6 October 2022
  • Substantive program for five days including lunches and dinners
  • Transport from (October 6) and to (October 13) the airport in Los Angeles and during the days of the substantive program
  • Pre-reader with background information and articles
  • Online information meeting on 29 September 2022
  • Return meeting on a date yet to be determined in December 2022