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The Game

Experience
2015 Summer Program
reviewed on

“The best summer camp that ever existed.”

Our Vision
Experience America was founded with the goal of improving every aspect of international study. Our programs emphasize
a full-scale approach to learning and living abroad, providing an environment for long-lasting, transformative experiences
that promote personal as well as academic development. We believe that an international education doesn’t end once you
leave the classroom. We believe that’s where it begins.
Students enjoy a wide array of activities and services, including unlimited use of personal smart phones, access to the University of Washington campus and amenities, and an expert staff ready to make it all happen. At Experience America, our
role is simple: to ensure, and constantly improve on, the quality of a student’s experience. We take pride in going the extra
step. That’s what makes us different.

“Experience the Difference”

Real World Learning

Technology

Service

We believe in shifting the par-

We use technology to enhance

We view ourselves more as

adigm of traditional classroom

the experience. Everyone gets

hosts than just a team of in-

learning, encouraging students

their own Nexus 5 Android

structors. This means providing

to apply their critical skills in dy-

smart phone with unlimited

students with a well-structured,

namic, real-world settings. This

data, ensuring seamless com-

culturally fluid experience that

munication with friends, family,

extends beyond the classroom

and program hosts. Each group

walls. Our team is on hand 24/7

also gets their own centralized

to assist with any problems that

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may arise, making sure every-

with itineraries and schedules.

one feels at home.

includes everything from teambased problem-solving competitions and debates on current
affairs to comprehensive case
studies.

Mount Baker ,Washington

Program Overview
The Game Experience introduces students to the next level of summer camps. Learn the fundamentals of video game design from a team of industry professionals; get behind-the-scenes access to some of the most exciting game studios in the
world; and connect with other students from around world interested in game development. Last year’s Game Experience
was a truly international experience with students attending from several countries and cultures.

United States

Canada

Germany

China

Japan

Hosted at the University of Washington, this program combines comprehensive classroom instruction with real-world experience. Students enjoy a wide array of activities and services, including unlimited use of personal smart phones, access to
university amenities, and an expert staff ready dedicated to a once in a lifetime experience.
At Experience America, our role is simple: to ensure, and constantly improve on, the quality of a student’s experience. We
take pride in going the extra step. That’s what makes us different.

Education
This program provides students with a hands-on approach to game development, covering a wide range of key concepts
and strategies for breaking into the industry. Led by our experienced instructors, classes will cover the full life-cycle of game
creation, from conceptualization to implementation. Don’t just play games. Be a game-changer.

Learning Outcomes
011010

Animation

Art

Programming

Design

Sound

Business
Management

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Projects
The first two sessions will walk students through the various stages of game development. Students will then choose a focus
area for their project, be it design, animation, art, or programming. Students may choose to work alone or in teams, learning
how to delegate duties and work together towards a common goal. We accommodate all levels of expertise at this stage:
everyone will have pre-rendered game environments to build and expand upon, but Intermediate and advanced students
may also choose to develop their own game environments.
Our instructional team will sit down with everyone to discuss their projects, providing guidance and suggestions every step
of the way. This flexible framework, coupled with the support and mentorship of our instructors, allows students to focus on
their passion while also developing meaningful interpersonal and technical skills.

Company Tours
Visit major companies such as Microsoft, Monolith, Valve, ArenaNet, Pop Cap, Zombie, and Big Fish. Students are not only
provided with private, behind-the-scenes tours of these major studios, but they also seem to always come back with crazy
amounts of company swag.

Industry Speakers
In addition to their regular classes, students will have the opportunity to learn about the gaming industry from our various
guest lecturers. How are games marketed and monetized? How do audio technicians capture sound? What’s the best way to
break into the industry? Ask the professionals: get answers and insight. Get inspired.

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Location & Leisure
Seattle, Washington
Surrounded by mountain ranges, deep glacial lakes, and
year-round greenery, Seattle commands some of the
most breathtaking views in the Pacific Northwest -- a
perfect setting for nature enthusiasts and cutting-edge
companies alike. Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon:
these are your new neighbors.
Seattle also boasts a diverse and vibrant arts scene, with
everything from independent galleries and non-profit
theaters to street performances and music festivals. No
matter what time of year, there’s always something exciting going on.

University of Washington
Students will attend classes at the University of Washington, a highly ranked institution of learning and research. Located in the heart of Seattle, the UW campus
offers a wide range of facilities and cultural opportunities.

Group Events & Activities
Experience America prides itself on including the very
best that Seattle has to offer. We aim to provide a robust
and fulfilling experience, incorporating local culture,
food, music, outdoor activities, and more.
All events and activities are included in program costs.
This is so students can simply concentrate on having
fun. The following pages outline some activities that
may be included in your experience.

SPACE NEEDLE
Originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair, the space needle is one of Seattle’s
most iconic landmarks, offering panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscape. It’s also an amazing place for selfies, so don’t forget
your camera.

PIKE PLACE FOOD TOUR
Home to locally-sourced produce, artisan foods, and the original Starbucks,
Pike Place Market has something for every appetite. Sample some of the
most delicious food Seattle has to offer during this unique walking tour.

RIDE THE DUCKS
Explore Seattle by land and sea on a WWII-era amphibious vehicle. These
tours combine quirky humor with an insider’s view of the city’s cultural
attractions, making for an unforgettable experience.

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT
One of the largest aviation museums in the world, the Museum of Flight
exhibits an exciting range of aircraft, including military and space vehicles.
Tour Air Force One and the Space Shuttle or test your skills in a professional
flight simulator.

SHOPPING
Don’t go home empty handed! Visit Seattle’s famous outlet malls and take
advantage of its amazing deals on brand name merchandise. There are several larger shopping centers throughout Seattle and Bellevue.

OUTDOOR LASER TAG
Victory is yours to claim in these all-out team-based skirmishes. Capture the
flag, defend your teammates, and secure a lifetime of bragging rights.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Few places can match the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty in the summer
time! Experience America organizes volleyball, ultimate frisbee, basketball,
tennis and badminton games to allow students to stay healthy during the
program.

GAMEWORKS ARCADE PARTY
Just imagine it: unlimited access to all the newest arcade games, including
some timeless favorites like air hockey and Skee ball, and all the pizza you
can eat. Play for as long as you can. We’ll take care of everything else.

GAME TOURNAMENTS
Program smart, play harder: over the course of four weeks, we’ll host several
game tournaments for an array of prizes. Past tournaments have included
Mario Kart 8, Halo 4, and Street Fighter 4.

iFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING
Experience free fall without ever jumping out of a plane. With the guidance
of iFly’s professional instructors, students will be able to float, glide, and
maneuver inside a giant wind tunnel –a true adrenaline rush.

Student Services
All Inclusive in the program!

Education
Students attend 15 days of class throughout
the program, learning from our experienced
instructors and guest lecturers.

Housing
Students will live on campus, at the University of Washington’s state-of the art student
residences.

Food
Students are provided with three meals a day
at the university’s various restaurants.

Transportation

Activities

Smart phone

Our team will take care of all transportation
to and from the airport and bring students
to all scheduled group activities with charter
transportation.

We take pride in offering an inclusive and fun
experience, full of city tours, local attractions,
outdoor activities, company visits, and community volunteering.

Students each receive a smart phone loaded
with group contact information, ensuring
seamless communication with our program
hosts. Every phone has unlimited local calls,
text messages, and data.

Game Company Tours
Students will visit and tour gaming companies throughout the Seattle area. Game
developers will speak with the group,
answering any questions students may
have about each company and the overall
industry.

Service & Support
Experience America is committed to providing unparalleled support on all levels.
We’re always on hand to guide and mentor
students, accompanying them through all
events and making sure everyone feels at
home.

Orientation
Our team provides students with a comprehensive orientation to help them adjust to
their new surroundings and feel confident
interacting with local students.

Closing Ceremony
At the end of every program, our team holds
a formal dinner and closing ceremony where
students are awarded certificates and prizes.

Insurance
Our health insurance coverage plan provides
for reimbursement (without deductibles) for
doctor’s visits and hospitalizations requiring
urgent medical care. This includes paramedical care, medicines, and urgent dental care.

Program Calendar
Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Classroom Learning, Project Work and Industry Speakers
Group Activities and Guided Tours

Students Arrive

Game Company Tours
Week 1
Morning

Orientation

Classroom
Learning

Classroom
Learning

Classroom
Learning

Classroom
Learning

Guest Industry
Speaker

Space Needle
and Laser Show

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Afternoon

Ride the Ducks
Tour

Outdoor Laser
Tag

Classroom
Learning

Project
Work

Game Company
Tour

Project
Work

Savor Pike Place
Market Food Tour

Evening

Game Tournament

Game Tournament

Outdoor Sports

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Game Tournament

Game Touranment
& Outdoor Sports

Week 2
Morning

Barbecue at
Green Lake

Classroom
Learning

Classroom
Learning

Classroom
Learning

Classroom
Learning

Guest Industry
Speaker

Flexible Time

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Afternoon

Barbecue at
Green Lake

Project
Work

Game Company
Tour

iFly indoor
Skydiving

Project
Work

Project
Work

Outdoor Laser
Tag & BBQ

Evening

Game Tournament

Shopping at
Outlet Mall

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Outdoor Sports

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Week 3
Morning

Musuem of Flight
& Flight Simulator

Classroom
Learning

Classroom
Learning

Guest Industry
Speaker

Classroom
Learning

Project
Work

Students Depart

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Afternoon

Outdoor Sports

Project
Work

Game Company
Tour

Project
Work

Game Company
Tour

Project
Work

Evening

Game Tournament

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Game Tournament
& Outdoor Sports

Gameworks
Arcade Party

Game Jam &
Project Work

Closing
Ceremony

Scholarships & Application
This year we are awarding two of our most ambitious students with half-scholarships ($2,800). Successful applicants will
receive their scholarship prize after tuition has been received through the online program registration. Scholarships will be
awarded to students who have demonstrated a dedication to campus and community involvement, leadership and personanl grwoth and academic achievements.
To register for the program please fill out the application on our website

(https://www.expamerica.net/summer/game-experience/register).
Our staff will contact all applicants within 2 business days of receiving your submitted application. If you have any questions about the program or our organization do not hesitate to contact us via email (info@expamerica.net) or via phone
(+1.206.330.7020). All students must be a minimum of 15 years of age as of July 4, 2015.

Tuition
Location

University

Length

Seattle

University of Washington

21 Days

Dates
July 5 - July 26, 2015
August 1 - August 22, 2015

Tuition
$5,300

Understanding the Value!

$2,500
Education

Game Company Tours

$1,700
Housing

Food

$650
Activities

Transportation

Closing Ceremony

$450
Our Team

Smartphone

14:1

Student to Instructor
Ratio

14:1

Student to Chaperone
Ratio

Insurance

Total

$5,300 +

drawing tablet to use and
take home ($75 value)

Experience America Learning Centers
Experience
America
The University
Business
Center
1200 Westlake
Ave
North
Suite
1006
4500 9th Avenue NE Suite
300
Seattle,
Washington
Seattle,
Washington98109
98105,,USA
USA

www.expamerica.net
info@expamerica.net
+1.206.330.7020