The NYU LA Program

The newest of NYU’s expansive network of global sites, NYU LA launched in the Fall of 2019. A cohort of 35 advanced students interested in pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industries were afforded rigorous academic coursework taught by industry professionals including a required Experiential Learning Seminar which allowed students the opportunity to pair their classroom experience with a meaningful internship opportunity, working 16-30 hours per week. NYU LA’s presence was welcomed warmly by the 15,000+ alumni in Southern California. Multiple initiatives have been established to both serve that population and enlist it in support of the Program.

Because of the emphasis on experiential learning, our student population swings toward juniors and seniors.

Adapting to COVID

Over the course of our second semester, during Spring Break of 2020, NYU LA, like many other places, had to ask our students to vacate housing and our students and faculty to adapt to learning and teaching by Zoom. To the credit of all involved that transition was relatively seamless.

For the Fall 2020 Semester, we remained virtual in accordance with government regulations but also expanded our student cohort threefold and increased the number of courses we offered.

We begin Spring 2021 with our largest cohort of students to date, close to 130, who are joining our classes from locations around the world. We are again virtual, but have narrowed our course offerings to best serve the needs of our student population. Our motto for our evolution has been “adaptability, flexibility and compassion,” all of which have served us in good stead as we’ve navigated both the launch of the program and its need for rapid change during the pandemic.

Forward Looking

NYU LA’s first summer offerings will launch in Summer of 2021. Look out for more info to come.
With the advent of Fall 2021, we can only assume NYU LA will continue to grow. Our students have given the program and faculty rave reviews, even in these tumultuous times. We are working diligently to create a community, one in which we lean into the strengths of the city of Los Angeles, as well as the strengths of the NYU Global Network.

Cost Per Semester (Academic Year 20-21)

Undergraduate tuition and fees: $27,440

Housing: $5,288-$6,762*

Students pay their individual school tuition, which may differ by college. For comparison to other global locations, including New York, a cost estimation chart is available on the costs and financial aid page.

*Housing range is for AY 19-20.

Academic Calendar: Fall/ Spring/ Full Year/ Summer

Student Body: 15-30 students

Housing: Furnished housing complex shared with non-NYU residents