Semester in LA

For Admitted Students

Welcome to Semester in Los Angeles!

Congratulations on your admission to Columbia College Chicago's Semester in Los Angeles. We're excited to have you join us in the City of Angels.

If you are a student in one of our semester-long programs, you'll find below some helpful dates and deadlines for the upcoming semesters. Additional information and required forms can be found on your status page.

Important Dates and To-Dos

  • Fall 2023 Semester in LA Students

    FALL 2023

    • February 17 | Applications Due
    • March 24 | Mandatory SiLA Orientation 1-3 PM CST (via Zoom)
    • April 3 | Registration opens for continuing Columbia Students
    • April 7 | Mandatory Internship Presentation 1-3 PM CST (via Zoom)
    • June 2 | Housing Applications Due
    • June 23 | Housing Contracts Due (Binding)
    • July 31 | Registration opens for non-degree seeking students
    • August 1| Internship Scholarship Deadline
    • August 31 | Housing Move-In 2-5 PM
    • Sept 5 | First Day of Classes and Internships
    • Nov 19 | Thanksgiving Week – No classes
    • Dec 15 | Last Day of Classes and Internships
    • Dec 17| Housing Move-Out by 12 Noon
  • Spring 2024 Semester in LA Students

    SPRING 2024 

    • May 1 | Applications Due for Columbia students 
    • July 7 | Mandatory Meeting Assistant Program Director CST (via Zoom) 
    • Sept 15 | Application deadline for non-Columbia students 
    • Oct 1 | Non-Columbia Students Application Due 
    • Oct 3-5 | Individual Internship Interviews with SiLA Staff (in Chicago) 
    • Oct 6 | Mandatory SiLA Orientation 9A-12N CST (in Chicago) 
    • Oct 13 | Housing Applications Due 
    • November 6 | Registration opens 
    • November 11 | Housing Contracts Due (Binding) & Roommate Questionnaires 
    • December 5 | Internship Scholarship Deadline 
    • December 11 | Registration opens for non-degree seeking students 
    • January 2 | January Session Begins 
    • January 15 | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday 
    • January 18 | Housing Move-In 2-5 PM 
    • January 22 | First Day of Classes and Internships 
    • May 3 | Last Day of Classes and Internships 
    • May 5 | Housing Move-Out by 5 PM 
  • Summer 2024 Semester in LA Students

    SUMMER 2024

    • October 1st | Applications Due
    • December 15 | Mandatory Internship Presentation 11A – 1P CST (via Zoom)
    • March 23 | Mandatory SiLA Orientation 10A-12:30P CST (via Zoom)
    • March 30 | Housing Applications Due
    • April 13 | Housing Contracts (Binding) & Roommate Questionnaire Due
    • April 1. Individual Internship Interviews with SiLA Staff
    • April 2 | Registration opens for Continuing Columbia Students
    • April 14 | Internship Scholarship Deadline
    • May 7 | Registration opens for Non-degree seeking students
    • May 24 | Housing Move-In 3-5 PM
    • May 27 | Memorial Day Holiday
    • May 29 | First Day of Classes and Internships
    • June 19 | Juneteenth Holiday
    • August 2 | Last Day of Classes and Internships
    • August 4 | Housing Move-Out by 5 PM
  • Welcome Information

    We’re excited to have you join us in the City of Angeles.   Before you pack your suitcases, please read the attached document.It will answer some of your immediate questions. 

  • Housing in LA

    Columbia College Chicago offers housing at Park La Brea, a 160-acre gated community in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles. It’s centrally located, approximately approximately two miles from the SiLA classroom and offices located at Sunset Las Palmas Studios, and offers easy access to museums, shopping, entertainment and public transportation.

    Housing Rates
    All rates are for a shared room in a shared apartment at Park La Brea. A single room in a shared apartment is double the shared rate, and dependent on availability. Single room costs may not qualify for financial aid—please check your eligibility with Columbia Central.

    Fall 2022: $6795

    Spring 2023: $6795

    Summer 2023: $4625 

  • Make arrangements before you leave Chicago

    Don’t pack that suitcase just yet. The following tasks will need to be completed before you leave Chicago.

    • Advising. Visit College Advising to perform an academic self-audit. Are you on track to graduate? If you are returning to Chicago, how will the SiLA credits contribute to your major? If you are graduating after this semester, you need to perform a graduation audit with Advising.
    • Career Center. Meet with the Career Center. There is a career counselor assigned to each major. S/he will give you an overview of the internship program and can help you obtain free business cards, review your reel, resume, and cover letterm, create a website, conduct mock interviews, and learn strategies on how to find an internship and a career job. You can make an appointment on Handshake, the college’s employment site.
    • Columbia Central. If you have taken out loans you are required to have “exit counseling” with Columbia Central before you can receive your diploma. Please make an in-person appointment with them before you leave Chicago.
    • Health Insurance. There is no Student Health in Los Angeles. Students must be covered by appropriate health insurance or purchase such insurance before leaving Chicago.
    • Graduation. If SiLA will be your last semester, apply for undergraduate graduation on the Graduation Application link on the student portal.