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Italy, Florence: Elon Center Abroad
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English and local language, Italian
Course Prerequisite(s):
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Program Advisor/Manager:
Bill Burress
Program Description:
Florence is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, making it an epicenter for art and architecture. Florence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany and is bustling with commerce and culture. Situated on the national railway lines, it is extremely accessible to cities all over Europe.

Florence City

About the Location

Florence is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, making it an epicenter for art and architecture.  Florence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany and is bustling with commerce and culture.  Situated on the national railway lines, it is extremely accessible to cities all over Europe.


A program offered in partnership with the Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF), our Elon Center in Florence promotes experiential education by connecting class room content with the sites and sounds of Florence and Italy! Weekend study excursions, class trips, cultural events, and more are weaved into the semester program to enhance your study abroad experience.  Each semester cohort of students are joined by an Elon faculty member in residence, who leads an upper level COR seminar. Students looking to fulfill core curriculum requirements--expression, civilization, world languages, etc.--will find this academic program advantageous.  

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Learn how to make pasta, join the club soccer team, take a photography course, create works of art in sculpting and painting, and make friends with local students all while earning credit at Elon.  

**All students are required to take either 4 or 8 credits of Italian Language during the program, and 16 credits total.** (8 credits of Italian will mean more classroom time--a great way to become FLUENT!)

Note: Students can only transfer a maximum of three courses toward the Italian Studies minor from their semester in Florence.

For more course information, view the Elon in Florence Course Descriptions.pdf

Things to remember about courses taken abroad:

  • Courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

General Program Dates

  • Fall Semester mid or late August to December
  • Spring Semester late January to May


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please view the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Students will live in apartments within the city proper, walking distance of clases, restaurants, and shops. Elon University students will be placed in apartments that hold 2-10 students, and could be roomed with one to two other students. 

The apartments include:

  • Fully equipped kitchens (You can tap into your inner chef.)
  • A washing machine and drying rack
  • Bed linens and bath towel (cleaning service for bed linens is surely something to brag about)
  • Free maintence services


Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one year in advance.

Note: This program has limited capacity. Applications for a given term will no longer be accepted once capacity has been reached.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester programs.

Please read the Elon Center in Florence Orientation Guide before attending your first Florence-specific orientation.

Additional Information and Links

Please read the Elon Center in Florence, Italy Program Brochure.pdf for more information about the Elon Center in Florence, Italy. 

Want to know more?  Join the Florence study abroad Facebook page to connect with alumni and other prospective students. View AEF's official blog

Global Ambassadors (GAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current GAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources


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Unique Aspect
My experience was made much better by my involvement with both private voice lessons and chorus in Florence. My ability as a vocalist grew incredibly with the help of an amazing professor who is also a well-known singer in Europe. My work with the chorus enabled me to meet and befriend people from many different countries all over the world and learn about their experiences. The chorus was also taught entirely in Italian, which helped to immerse me in the language.
     — Colleen O'Connell, Spring 2012
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/16/2014
Rolling Admission 01/30/2015 05/08/2015
Fall 2015 02/19/2015
Rolling Admission 08/20/2015 12/04/2015
Spring 2016 09/17/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/29/2016 05/13/2016
NOTE: The priority deadline is April 30. After April 30, this program will continue to accept applications on a rolling and space-available basis until September 17, and applications will be reviewed within two weeks of submission.

The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Please view the Deadlines page for more information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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