We want to make sure our students have a seamless transition from Boston to life in LA, so please take note of what to know—and what you’ll need to take care of on-campus—before you go. PLEASE NOTE: Students in residence from other academic programs that are not part of the Emerson LA internship program may have a different set of regulations.

How to Register

Log in to ECommon using your ECnet username and password. View the program calendar for registration dates. Please follow the Registrar’s registration instructions and take note of the following. 

Fall and Spring Students

  • Undergraduates must register for a full course load (12–16 credits)
  • Graduate students must register for a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 12 credits
  • The internship must be taken for either 4 or 8 credits (2-credit internships are not an option
  • Participants may not complete more than one internship during the semester.
  • Make sure you register for the appropriate internship in your major
  • You must attend at least two professional development opportunities during their semester in the program
  • You must participate in at least two civic engagement opportunities during their semester in the program

Summer Students

Undergraduate and graduate students must register for a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 12 credits

Complete any registration changes before arriving in Los Angeles. Drop/Adds will be allowed on a limited basis, and by petition only, once you arrive in Los Angeles.

Mandatory Meeting

Once students are accepted into the program, they will be required to attend a mandatory meeting. Information sessions are held in mid-October for spring attendees and mid-March for fall and summer term participants.

Staff will brief students about internships and ELA housing, what to expect during their semester in Los Angeles, and answer any other questions or concerns. After these sessions, we will send further instructions regarding housing and room/roommate selection.


Invoices will be released at the end of June for the fall term and the first week of December for the spring term. An invoice for the Los Angeles Summer Program will be released in May.


If you are currently paying under a deferred payment plan such as TuitionPay, keep in mind that the costs may be different than you had originally planned. You must make arrangements to deal with this discrepancy before departure. Contact TuitionPay directly or the Office of Student Accounts at 617-824-8655.

Make your tuition payment

Financial Aid

Make certain your financial aid paperwork is accurate, complete, and submitted on time. For dates and deadline visit the Office of Financial Aid. Please email the Office of Financial Aid or call 617-824-8655 if you have questions.


To learn about work-study positions available at ELA, please visit the Student Employment office on campus beforehand. Make sure you bring all necessary documentation for completing I-9 and W-4 forms with you. Paperwork can be completed at the Office of Financial Aid at 214 Tremont Street.

Health 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.

Withdrawal from the Program

If you decide, for any reason, that you must withdraw from the program you must submit formal notice in writing, from your Emerson email account, to emersonla [at] emerson.eduA PHONE CALL IS NOT SUFFICIENT NOTIFICATION.

Housing and Parking in LA

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. Please la [at] emerson.edu (subject: Los%20Angeles%20Housing%20Petition%20Form) (contact the External Programs Office) for a Los Angeles Housing petition form.

Parking Regulations

ELA has the right and obligation to control traffic and parking at our facility. The operation of a motor vehicle at the center is a privilege granted by the College and is not a right of any employee, student or visitor. ELA parking rules and regulations are designed to aid the flow of traffic, provide the maximum amount of parking possible, and aid in the safety for all guests.


All vehicles parked at ELA are required to obtain a parking permit and transponder. Everyone who is issued a parking permit/transponder will have a designated parking spot. If students have opted out of underground parking, they must pay to park in another facility.




Guests may not stay longer than three days within a seven-day periodYour roommate(s) must also agree to accommodate guests. You will be held responsible for your guest’s behavior, both in the suite and in the common areas in the center. You must accompany your guest at all times.



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 Student Accessibility Services–approved therapy animals.

No Smoking

ELA is a smoke-free zone. There is absolutely no smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices, inside the building, on any of the terraces or outdoor gathering spaces near the building or within 25 feet of any entrance or air intake of the building.

No Drinking and Driving

Per the Emerson College Student Handbook (page 65) drinking and driving will not be tolerated at ELA. Students found responsible for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Facility Use

Please be courteous and pick up after yourself. Dispose of all food items, beverage containers, trash, etc. that you bring into the classroom, common area, kitchen or other public spaces.