US: OHIO in LA
The Ohio University's OHIO-in-LA Program is designed to give students an intensive experience of living and working in Hollywood's media and creative industries. Students take classes for OU credit, intern at LA-based media companies, network with hundreds of professionals, tour studios and attend productions, and produce a short film.
Testimonials from Past Participants
“The OHIO-in-LA program was undoubtedly the best decision I made since attending Ohio University. This program brought me so many incredible hands-on experiences, unforgettable excursions and introduced me to so many unique people and OU alumni.” Alex Marchionda
“The OHIO-in-LA program helped ease some concerns I had for the future, allowed me to gain hands-on experience, and gave me greater confidence in my own abilities. Highly recommend for anyone who is interested in learning more about the industry!” Savannah Heller
"I left the OHIO-in-LA Program with more than I could have ever expected: connections, friendships, and experiences of a lifetime. It was truly an incredible, one-of-a-kind opportunity." Lindsey Bowman
“The OHIO-in-LA Program is a once in a lifetime opportunity that develops the highest understanding of interpersonal communication and professionalism skills in the entertainment industry. This program not only guided me into building lasting relationships, but helped me gain an understanding of diversification and the importance of leadership represented among the Ohio University Bobcats in Los Angeles.” Alexandria Molnar
Summer 2019: May 29 - August 10, 2019
Fall Semester 2019: August 25 - December 14, 2019
Excursions and Highlights
Students will tour
- Warner Bros
- Universal Studios
- EastWest Studios
- YouTube Space LA
- The Jim Henson Company
- Dolby Theatre
- Various production companies and suppliers
- Attend productions (e.g., @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, The Talk, The Odd Couple)
- Hike to the iconic Hollywood sign
- Attend events/shows (e.g., LA Dodgers, The Groundlings, Hollywood Fringe Festival, American Music Awards, Creative Arts Emmys)
Eligibility and selection process
This program is open to participants classified as juniors or seniors at the beginning of the program and is open to all majors. Applicants must submit an application, resume, statement of purpose, and a list of three references with contact info. All applicants are interviewed by the Program Director.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study away. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
All students will live in the Toluca Hills Apartments by Avalon (formerly Oakwood), which is located between Hollywood and Burbank. This is an excellent location with access to major studios and top internships.
Summer 2019: February 15, 2019
Fall Semester 2019: March 1, 2019
Courses & Credits
Courses vary by term of enrollment in the program:
- The Business of Hollywood (3 hours)
- The History of Hollywood (3 hours)
- Professional Production Methods (3 hours)
- LA Internship (3-6 hours)
NOTE: Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
*School of Media Arts & Studies students may apply for an internal scholarship through the
Requesting accessibility accommodations
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
For more information contact:
Dr. Roger Cooper, Director
OHIO-in LA Program
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities