How to Apply to the Los Angeles Program
The Los Angeles Program application deadline has closed for SUMMER 2014, FALL 2014 AND SPRING 2015 terms. Starting September 1, 2014 we will begin accepting applications for the following terms:
► Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016.
You must apply to the program one year in advance of study. Most students apply the 1st semester of their junior year.
The Los Angeles Program is only available to qualified juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
- Application Review Process: The Los Angeles Program is a merit-based application review process. An outside, impartial reader will evaluate and assign a rating to all Los Angeles Program applications. At the same time, an alphabetical list of applicants will be distributed to the appropriate academic departments. Faculty will have an opportunity to contribute comments on applicants they believe have demonstrated superior creativity and skill. This information, combined with information about GPA, class standing, and the outside reader rating, will allow us to determine the final list of accepted, waitlisted, and rejected applicants. Some preference will be given to applicants from underrepresented majors. The percentage of accepted applicants from each department will remain roughly constant.
- Evaluation Criteria: Each applicant should take the time to compose thoughtful, well-written answers to each question. There should be no grammar or spelling errors. Students will be evaluated on the quality of thought and expression demonstrated in answering each question. Please answer each question with a MAXIMUM of 500 words.
- Qualifications: The Los Angeles Program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in good social standing. We strongly recommend, however, that undergraduate applicants apply in the fall of their junior year for admission during their senior year. The minimum cumulative grade point average requirement is 2.7.
- Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance: Applicants should receive notification of their acceptance status within one month of the application deadline.
- Applicants may apply for one term only: Applying for multiple terms is not an option. Make certain you apply for the correct term, as changing terms at a later date will move your application to the bottom of the waitlist for that term.
- Program Deposit: Upon approval to attend, a nonrefundable and nontransferable program deposit of $300 is required. Spaces are not held for applicants, even approved applicants, without a confirmation deposit.
- Meals: There is no food service. Fall and spring semester students will receive $1800 in board bucks as part of their housing cost. Students can use board bucks to purchase meals at the Emerson Cafe on site, or at local neighborhood restaurants. The amount of board bucks included in the housing cost has not yet been determined for summer students. There is a common kitchen for student use.
- Housing: On-campus housing is mandatory for undergraduate students and optional for graduate students and students over the age of 24. There are single and double rooms at Emerson Los Angeles. The rooms are in suites with a shared bathroom. Housing requests are made online through the Housing Department website.
- Tip for successful completion of the application: Compose the answers to the application questions in a simple word processing program such as TextEdit on a Mac or NotePad on a PC and cut and paste them into the online application form. In the unlikely event your application is lost during transmission, you won't have to rewrite your answers.
- One final tip: Please be aware that admission to the spring term is usually the most competitive. You may want to consider applying to the fall or summer term to increase your chances of admission.
Because you do not yet have a cumulative GPA at Emerson, you may not be able to access the online application form. Please contact David Griffin, Director of International Study and External Programs, if you encounter this difficulty. Also, you'll need to submit an official copy of your previous college transcript to the International Study and External Programs Office. Please request that it be mailed to:
International Study and External Programs
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
In order to pursue a course of study at a U.S. institution of higher education, you need to maintain an appropriate immigration status. Please consult with David Griffin, Director of International Study and External Programs, or the U.S. consulate in your home country for requirements and procedures.
You must log into your EcNet account with your EcNet username (firstname_lastname ex: john_smith) to successfully complete the online application.
Students with Disabilities or Special Needs
Students who wish to participate in an Emerson external program or activity must be physically and mentally able, with or without reasonable accommodations, to fully and safely participate in the program or activity. Students who suffer from a physical or mental disability and wish to request accommodations that might enable them to fully and safely participate should contact Emerson College's Disability Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with a documented disability or special need should discuss any anticipated accommodations well in advance of their semester with the International Study and External Programs Office and the Disability Services Office. Your documentation and diagnosis must support your requests for special arrangements or accommodations.