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As California's 9th largest city, Bakersfield offers an incredible opportunity for international students to experience American culture to the fullest!
Located in Central California, Bakersfield is a fast growing, family oriented community, surrounded by some of the richest agriculture in the world.
Bakersfield has rich music history and is the birthplace of "Bakersfield Sound," a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield. The most notable artists from the Bakersfield area are Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, but many other successful artists from many musical genres have their beginnings in Bakersfield. If Rock is more your style, Korn also has its origins here!
Bakersfield's dining options are varied and illustrate the multiculturalism of the American way of life, and especially the California way of life, to its fullest. From authentic Mexican food "Taco Trucks," to Bill Lee's Bamboo Chopsticks, students are exposed to many ethnically authentic food choices. Bakersfield prides itself on its delicious restaurants, and whether students are in the mood for Thai, Basque, Italian, Indian, Soul Food, or traditional American food, Bakersfield has delectable choices to offer.
Bakersfield is conveniently located to all of the California tourist destinations. The beautiful Sequoias are 3 hours to the north, and several beaches are an easy 2.5 - 4 hour drive. Amusement Parks, such as Disneyland and Universal Studios are only 2.5 hours from the city, and the many Los Angeles Museums and shopping attractions are also only about a 3 hour drive.