The SULA Semester program administration would like to thank you for your support as your student embarks on what we feel will be a most rewarding, educational and exciting college experience. As a parent, you are naturally excited at the opportunity for your son or daughter’s tremendous academic and personal growth, and at the same time we realize you have concerns and questions about the semester ahead.
Above you will find valuable information that has been given to your student at the pre-departure meeting(s) on campus. Please use these materials as resources to help answer questions you may have about the various components of the program.
Los Angeles is very much a car-centric city. Students have been advised that access to a car is preferable in order to travel to and from their internship as well as to and from classes at the SULA Center. Resources have been provided in our pre-departure packet and on our website regarding renting or shipping a car. A few students each semester use a ride share company instead of arranging for a car. There is a public transportation system in LA but it is limited geographically. Using public transportation may increase commute time and may also require several transfers between trains and buses. Both ride share and public transportation may limit the internships to which students can apply as some internships require that the student have a car. All transportation options should be researched thoroughly to understand the costs involved and the challenges each mode presents.
If your student is staying at Ava Toluca Hills, check in begins 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16th (Summer) and Friday August 16th (Fall). Students may arrive and check in throughout the weekend as their travel schedules allow. However, students need to have arrived and be somewhat settled in Los Angeles no later than Sunday evening May 19th (Summer) and August 18th (Fall).
SULA semester students staying at Ava Toluca Hills share a bedroom and apartment unit in common with other SULA students. The guest policy allows for non-residents to visit, however, for the security and comfort of all members of the unit, students cannot have overnight visitors stay in their apartments. When traveling with your student or for a visit, please make hotel accommodations for yourself and family members. A list of nearby hotels can be found here.
There will be extensive mandatory orientation for all SULA Semester students. There is a lot of valuable information and training given to students at this time. Students have been told that missing any required portion will not be acceptable. We kindly welcome your help to remind them of this when assisting your student with travel arrangements.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, we invite you to attend the mandatory student orientation meeting from 9:00 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 20 (Summer) or Monday, August 19 (Fall) at our beautiful SULA Center in Sherman Oaks.
For Summer ’19 students, there will be a welcome dinner for all students where they will meet SULA Administration, instructors and young alumni living in the Los Angeles area. Details will be given to students at orientation.
For Fall ’19 students, there will be a welcome dinner for all students and their families where they will meet the SULA administration, instructors, and young alumni living in Los Angeles on Monday evening, August 19th. Further details will be sent to students and parents as the time gets closer.
For planning purposes, our summer and semester calendar will follow the Syracuse University main campus calendar with the exception of final exams. Final exams will be given during the last days of class(es). The last day of the SULA Summer ’19 program is Friday, August 9th and the last day of the SULA Semester Fall ’19 program is Friday, December 6th.
If you have additional questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact us.
Associate Director-Off Campus Programs