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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.
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About the Location

The city of Florence is an iconic international city famous for art, architecture, history, food, wine and ambiance.  Though the city is home to almost 400,000 people, the compact city center makes the city feel intimate and accessible.  Housed within this city center are some of the world's most significant treasures including the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (informally known as il duomo), the Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo's David and the Uffizi Gallery. Florence, capital of the Italian region of Tuscany, is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, making it an ideal city in which to study the liberal arts. 


Academics

Who is this program right for?

This program is right for students of any major who have an interest in the liberal arts, performing arts, arts administration, or Italian studies.  Students need not have any background in Italian language to participate as all courses aside from Italian language are taught in English.  Most courses on this program will fulfill Elon Core Curriculum requirements and count towards an Italian studies minor.  Students in the fall semester may have private instruction in the fine or performing arts.  In the spring semester, this program features specialized music and dance programs designed for students in those majors and minors.

What is this program like?

This program is offered in partnership with the Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF).  The Elon Center in Florence promotes experiential education by connecting class room content with the sites and sounds of Florence and Italy. Students on this program will live in apartments in the historic center of Florence, commuting to class through the old city.  Classes are held at AEF's historic palazzo, three blocks from il Duomo and one block from the Medici palace.  Courses will primarily be with other Elon students, but other US and international students will be mixed in.  Five weekend study excursions, numerous class trips, cultural events, and more are woven 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 teaches a COR Capstone Seminar. Students looking to fulfill core curriculum requirements--expression, civilization, world languages, etc.--will find this academic program advantageous.  
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Courses

Students will take 16 credits while on this program
  • All students are required to take either 4 or 8 credits of Italian Language
  • COR 380 IS: Core Capstone Seminar (optional; taught by Elon faculty in residence, rotates by semester)
    • Spring 2017: Hal Walker, Sport & Event Management
    • Fall 2017: Michele Kleckner, Computing Sciences
    • Spring 2018: Safia Swimelar, Political Science & Policy Studies
    • Fall 2018: Liz Bailey, Exercise Science
  • Elective courses:
    • Audiences of Art (300-level art history, Italian studies)
    • History of Contemporary Italy (300-level history, Italian studies)
    • Italian Politics (300-level political science, Italian studies)
    • Modern Italian Literature (300-level English, Italian studies)
    • Italian Cinema (300-level communication)
    • Travel Photography (200-level art)
    • Event Marketing (substitutes for Marketing in SEM; not a marketing elective)

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

Specialized Programs

Dance Seminar

Music Seminar

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
 

Cost

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.


Housing 

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 maintenance services

Applications

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.


Orientations

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 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. 

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.
 

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

 

Florence City

 



Testimonial:
Study abroad clarified my goals for life by reminding me just how much more cultural and artistic appreciation there is beyond the United States. It opened my eyes to a possible professional future in the arts in Europe.
     — 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 2016 09/17/2015
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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.

Fall 2016 02/18/2016
**
Rolling Admission 08/19/2016 12/02/2016
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Open Period: Oct. 15 to 11:59 PM, Nov. 12. All applications completed in the Open Period will be reviewed by Dec. 1.

Rolling Period: Dec. 1 to 11:59 PM, Feb. 18. All applications completed in the Rolling Period will be reviewed within two weeks of submission.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date 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.

Spring 2017 09/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Open Period: Apr. 5 to 11:59 PM on Apr. 28. All applications completed in the Open Period will be reviewed by May. 10. Students that apply for the GEC Access Scholarship during the Open Period will be notified in June.

Rolling Period: May. 10 to 11:59 PM on Sept. 15. All applications completed in the Rolling Period will be reviewed within two weeks of submission. Students that apply for the GEC Access Scholarship during the Rolling Period will be notified in October.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date 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.


** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed