On-Campus Housing Requirement
On-campus housing is mandatory for undergraduate students and optional for graduate students and students over the age of 24. However, if your home is within Los Angeles County and you are interested in living at home with a parent or legal guardian, you can petition to live off campus by completing a Los Angeles Housing Petition Form. Please contact the External Programs Office for a petition form.
Information Session Requirement
Once students are accepted into the program, they will be required to attend an information session. Information sessions are held in October for spring term attendees and March for fall and summer term participants. Program staff will brief students about what to expect and answer any questions or concerns regarding the program. Important program details will be discussed. After the information sessions are over, students can begin the process of ELA room and roommate selection.
Minimum 2.7 GPA
The Los Angeles Program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in good social standing. The minimum cumulative grade point average requirement is 2.7, before application, during semester(s) preceding your participation in the program, and while in the program.
Guests may not stay longer than three days within a seven-day period. THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED.
Your roommate(s) must agree to accommodate guests. You will be held responsible for your guest’s behavior, both in the suite and in the common areas.
Students who disregard the guest policy will be subject to dismissal from the program.
For health reasons, no pets are allowed in the Residence Hall, with the exception of fish.
Fish tanks are not to exceed 10 gallons. Fish tanks, as well as all other electrical appliances, must be unplugged during periods when the Residence Hall is closed. Animals are not allowed at ELA except in the case of service animals and Disability Services–approved therapy animals.
ELA is a smoke-free zone. Smoking is permitted at street level - 20 feet away from the building!
There is no dining hall facility at ELAl. The housing cost includes Board Bucks, which may be used to buy meals at the Emerson Kitchen at ELA or at designated neighborhood restaurants. There is a common kitchen on the fifth floor of the Residence Hall for student use.
Medical Insurance Requirement
Every full-time and part-time student enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts is required to participate in a student health insurance program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. This includes students participating in the Los Angeles Program. For those of you who are not California residents: insurance carriers may not cover you adequately in California. It is vitally important that you and your family research this before you arrive in Los Angeles. All too often participants arrive in Los Angeles only to discover that significant medical expenses are not covered and must be paid out of pocket; or they must travel back home to receive medical care.
Please view MANDATED REQUIREMENTS for information about student insurance health requirements.
Los Angeles County
Check your term calendar to see what day and time you should arrive in Los Angeles.
Film studios are located throughout the Burbank area.