Los Angeles is our Classroom

There is no other city in the world like Los Angeles, a frontier in itself, an inexhaustible source of experiences, relationships, and challenges. Providence students storm that frontier through the hallmark Avodah Program where every few weeks, our students take trips around southern California to learn and serve. There is no better place to learn how to live the Christian life while interacting with culture in one of the most diverse cities in the United States.

Recent Avodah Experiences

Providence students are fortunate in that several recent and planned Avodah Experiences give them a closer look into some of the people and smaller communities in and around Los Angeles. Visit our Avodah page for more information.

Having Fun in Pasadena

Pasadena is known for its restaurants and coffee shops, as well as its art museums, architecture, and history.

Coffee Shops

Lavender & Honey, Jameson Brown, and Intelligentsia are a few of the great coffee spots close to campus. Whether you’re looking for place to get an excellent cup of coffee or a place to hunker down and study, these coffee shops will do the trick.


Pasadena is known for its eclectic mix of Mediterranean, Mexican, Chinese, and Italian food. Or if you’re looking for a good old fashioned burger, try The Counter or Slater’s 50/50. Panda Inn is not far from campus, as is local favorite Zankou Chicken.

Art Museums

The Huntington Library and The Norton Simon Museum are world-class museums. Pasadena is also home to the Pacific Asia Museum, the Pasadena Museum of History, and that paragon of Arts & Crafts architecture, the Gamble House.


The Pasadena Playhouse is a historic performing arts venue with a 686-seat auditorium that serves as the official State Theatre of California. In recent years, The Playhouse has become instrumental in launching new works and landmark revivals for the American Theatre. The Playhouse has displayed a commitment to cultural and theatrical diversity, which is reflected in seasons featuring Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. Internships and artistic opportunities are available.

Distinguished Speaker Series

At the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California each year offers audiences the opportunity to experience and learn from seven remarkable individuals who have changed the world and shaped our lives. Speakers include world leaders, Pulitzer Prize winners, best-selling authors, explorers and celebrated personalities offering profound insights and lively discussion. Past speakers have included Ron Howard, Steve Forbes, Magic Johnson, Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Robert Redford, Yo Yo Ma, Suze Orman and Maya Angelou to name a few.


Eaton Canyon Natural Area is a 190-acre zoological, botanical, and geological nature preserve situated at the base of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. Visitors can enjoy its hiking trails, equestrian trails with a staging area, picnic areas, seasonal stream, rocks and minerals, various natural habitats, native plants, and wildlife.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Please visit Trip Advisor’s Top 30 Things to Do in Pasadena for many more!

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"My passion is to engage in apologetics and not only defend the Christian faith on an academic level, but to also teach young Christians how to defend their faith against the skeptics of our day.”
Femi O.
Class of 2018

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things are created through him and for him.”
Colossians 1:16

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