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Los Angeles

Info for our Parents

FALL 17 SULA Academics[7][2]

SULA Pre-Departure Fall 2017[1]

Fall 2017 SULA predeparture[8][3]

Dear Parents of Fall 2017 SULA Semester students,

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.

Attached you will find information that was shown and distributed to students at the mandatory pre-departure meeting on Sunday, March 26. The first attachment is the registration guide for students to use to in selecting classes for their LA experience. The second attachment is the powerpoint presentation that was viewed by students (and discussed with them), and the third attachment is the pre-departure packet. Please use these materials as resources to help answer questions you may have about the various components of the program.

Students have been advised access to a car will be necessary to travel to and from their internship as well as to and from classes at SULA Headquarters. There is a public transportation system in LA but it is limited geographically and students may need to make multiple transfers in order to get to where they need to go. In addition to heavy LA traffic, this could add hours to a commute time.

If your student is staying at the Oakwood, check in begins 3 p.m. on Friday, August 18. 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, August 20.

There will be extensive mandatory orientation for all SULA Semester students the week of August 21-25. There is a lot of valuable information and training given to students during this week. 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 August 21st orientation session at our beautiful SULA headquarters in Sherman Oaks. On Monday evening, 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 who have offered their mentoring services to our new students. Additional details will be forthcoming but please rsvp to Assistant Director, Lauren Palius (, if you would like to join us.

If you have additional questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact me at 315-443-4004.

All the very best,


Shelly Griffin
Associate Director, Off Campus Programs
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

215 University Pl.; Ste. 318, Syracuse, NY 13244
Newhouse NYC / SULA Semester / SULA Summer

Syracuse University