Study Away

LA FAQs

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Students working on rooftop setThe questions we are most frequently asked are about internship listing dates, applications, interviewing, and the overall timeline for the process. Historically every student in the program has found a placement, but students and parents are nevertheless concerned. We have addressed many of these issues below.

Additional logistics involved with studying away are also covered.

I'M STRESSED OUT!!!

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Please know that anxiety and stress are a normal and understandable response to preparing for the program. The amount of information you are continually given can be overwhelming and hard to sift through. Though it is hard to trust, things will fall into place. Here are a few suggestions to help you through.

  1. Read e-mails, take notes, and and then reread the e-mail later. It's is a lot to take in at once.
  2. Make a timeline for yourself. This will help keep you on track as well as remind you that you don't need to panic. Remember that most interns are placed only one or two months ahead of time, and sometimes only weeks in advance. A number of students are not even interviewed until the arrive in Los Angeles. This is normal. SO, in your timeline be reasonable with when you expect to be placed.
  3. Don't be concerned if you don't hear back or are not hired immediately. These things take time. And while it is true that some positions are competitive, this doesn't mean that you will not be placed. Do not "settle" for an internship that won't interest you, but at the same time consider broadening your scope if it is overly specific. Focusing all of your attention on one company, for example, may lead to disappointment and a missed opportunity at a different but great placement.
  4. Frequently return to this FAQs page, as different things will be relevant to you as you work through this process. We tend to skip over things when they don't apply to us, but those details will become useful later. 
  5. Don't panic. If need be, contact your internship coordinator or book an appointment with FMA Study Away. We also suggest contacting peer advisors who are alums of the program. Coming from a wide variety of majors, they can be invaluable resources when it comes to questions regarding your specific interests.

 

Internships

How do I apply for internships?

  • Our Internship Director, based in Los Angeles, is fully committed to helping you secure internship placements. Once you have paid your deposit, the coordinator will request your resume and cover letter for review. Once you have updated your materials to her specifications, the coordinator will assist you in applying for positions, and will be accessible for advice and consultation. 

What if I don’t get an internship?

  • Our Internship Director is in contact with numerous companies in Los Angeles. Her significant time with the program ensures that she is familiar with the culture and environment of these companies. Her work includes compiling databases of previous placements as well as student reflections on their experiences.
  • Applying for an internship is often the most anxiety producing part of your study away preparation. This is an understandable feeling. Please rest assured, however, that you will ultimately be supported and guided into a placement. The application and interview processes are designed to expand your professional skills, and the Internship Director will assist you in the process.
Financial

Is LA Away more expensive than Philadelphia?

Your tuition for participating in LA Away is exactly the same as it is on main campus. Any additional costs vary per student depending on car rental, spending money, airfare, food and activities.

Can I use my financial aid?

Students interested in the fall and spring may apply their financial aid towards LA Away. Student Financial Services is made aware of every student participating, and you are considered “on campus” for the purposes of financial aid. Students should look for additional scholarships and funding through their schools, departments, and outside grants.

Students planning on a summer semerster need to know that they may have to apply for additional loans if they have already used their allotted funds for the year. 

Scholarships, and when will I receive it?

The LA Study Away Scholarships, offered and awarded by FMA Away, are not reviewed until the application deadline has passed. This gives all students the opportunity to apply. Scholarships will be applied as a credit to your Temple bill. They may not appear until the official release date of the first e-bill of the semester. (Check the bursar’s billing schedule). Should you withdraw from the program, your scholarship will be removed.

Transcript and Graduation

What about graduation?

Students wishing to do the program in summer may walk in May but defer their official graduation date until August. Many students choose this option, especially if they plan on staying on the west coast after the program.

What about my transcript?

LA course credits will show up on your regular Temple transcript. Non-Temple students can order their transcript and request transfer credits to their home institution.

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