Semester in Los Angeles

The fall 2020 program is being offered virtually in compliance with IU's suspension of university-affiliated travel in response to the coronavirus outbreak.


Students are required to work in one internship during their time in L.A., and the Semester in Los Angeles staff assists students in finding relevant internship placements in the months leading up to the program. Some students may choose to complete two part-time internships over the semester to fully immerse themselves in L.A.’s professional opportunities.

Past student internships have included:

  • Academy of Country Music
  • Blumhouse Productions
  • DoLA
  • DTLA Film Festival
  • Funny or Die
  • Gunpowder & Sky
  • Madison Wells Media
  • Mandeville Films
  • Mosaic
  • NBCUniversal
  • Power106 FM
  • Skybound Entertainment
  • Studio71
  • Untitled Entertainment
  • 1iota Productions


Students live together in shared, furnished apartments at the AVA Hollywood at La Pietra Place apartment complex. These apartments are furnished and managed by student housing provider Kapi Residences. Apartments are located conveniently in Hollywood with easy access to our classroom space, shopping centers, restaurants and the 101 Freeway. Four students live in each two-bedroom apartment. Single rooms may be available for a supplemental fee.

The costs of furnished housing, parking and utilities at the apartment complex is included in the program fee, and students enjoy full use of complex amenities such as swimming pools, gyms and common areas. 


Tuition rates for participants are the same as they would be on campus for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students are responsible for paying a program fee, which covers all housing costs. Housing rates vary by semester, but will not exceed $6,000 for the semester's duration. Board is not included with housing.

Students are responsible for their own transportation and personal expenses. Transportation expenses include travel to and from Los Angeles as well as transportation around the city. Some students choose to rent cars upon arrival for the duration of the program or drive their own cars to LA.

Key dates

Sept. 30: Virtual information session (summer/fall 2021)

Oct. 30: Application deadline for summer 2021

Jan. 22: Application deadline for fall 2021