• Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Transfer Day

    Apr 01| Admissions

    At Transfer Day, prospective transfer students are invited to take a tour of campus, have their questions answered in a one-on-one appointment, and learn how to make a smooth transition to Otis College. If you are considering transferring into one of our programs, please join us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12-3pm. 


  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.


Budgeting Instructions

Budgeting Instructions & Policies

Developing a program budget is an important first step in planning a faculty-led program. Establishing a reasonable per student fee will assist with the recruitment and marketing. Please use the Otis Travel Study Budget Template to begin planning. This excel worksheet provides both general topics and specific line items that walk you through the budget planning process. This budget template MUST be used for all travel study programs. Travel Study Budget Template

Student Numbers and Exchange Rates

Your planning budget should be written for a set number of students. This should be a number that the program can both feasibly recruit and support abroad. The program budget must zero-out (all costs must be covered) using this number of students.

Expenses and Program Fee

When using a Program Provider, the ratio and price breakdown can vary. Remember, the Program Provider is your in-country support staff.

The preferred faculty to student ratio:

  • 6-15 students: 1 administering faculty
  • 16-20 students: 1-2 administering faculty

If your course is not working in collaboration with a Program Provider, the preferred student to faculty ratio is adjusted accordingly:

  • 6-9 students: 1-2 administering faculty
  • 10-20 students: 2-3 administering faculty

Additional faculty may at times participate but, at the Department's expense, and approval by the International Education Steering Committee.

The budget template is only a guide. You do not have to use or limit yourself to the items you see there - they are merely some typical program expenses. Be as specific as possible when listing additional expenses.

The program fee charged to each student participating on your program is based on the total number of expenses. To determine this, continue developing your budget by filling in all the expense items and prices in the "Expenses" section.

List all items the Program Provider will be responsible for providing, along with the total programmatic cost.

Once all of your costs are included, there will be a total at the bottom of the "Expenses" section, as well as a balance. The next step is to enter a program cost at the top under "Revenues" and adjust it so that it makes the balance at the bottom as close as possible to zero (make sure it is positive number). Round up your program fee to a multiple of $50. This figure will be the program fee!

Protecting Your Budget

It is not always easy to get reliable numbers in advance for faraway costs that you will incur in the future. It is advisable to budget a bit more than you expect to pay for some items, or to expect a worsening exchange rate.

Keep Costs Down

All costs associated with faculty-led programs are generated by student program fees, and hence are ultimately borne by students. Otis aspires to keep costs down to make these programs as affordable and accessible as possible to students. Less expensive choices are often more culturally appropriate. Getting a head start on your price research also helps. While this can require a bit more effort on your part, it will mean a lot to your students, many of whom have to take out loans to make these programs possible.

Notes On Line Items

Communication & Phones

You MUST have a working international cell phone for the duration of your program. You can obtain this by renting or borrowing one through your Program Provider or purchasing a phone abroad. Make sure you budget adequately for this.

Next Steps

Once you have drafted a preliminary budget, it is often a good idea to set up a meeting with CIE and your Department Chair to go over specific line items.

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