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.
This program offers a significant discount in the spring term! View the budget sheets for details.
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.
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 for an additional fee. 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.
Some extracurricular activities included in the cost of the program are:
Four day-long excursions
One full weekend excursion
Fiorentina soccer game
Class trips and activities
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 (4 credits; 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 (4 credits each):
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, literature, Italian studies)
Italian Cinema (300-level communication)
Travel Photography (200-level art; course fee required for materials)
Event Marketing (substitutes for Marketing in SEM; not a marketing elective)
Private instruction in art, music, or dance (additional fee; available for 2 credits, 1 credit, or not for credit)
Note: Students can only transfer a maximum of three courses toward the Italian Studies minor from their semester in Florence.
Dance Seminar (spring term only)
Dance majors and minors may elect to participate in the Dance Seminar. Students who participate in the Dance Seminar take 18 hours of coursework that consists of the following:
Italian language (4 credits; at the appropriate level)
Elective course from the above list (4 credits)
Modern Dance (1 credit; at the appropriate level)
Ballet (1 credit; at the appropriate level)
Choreography (4 credits)
Dance History II (4 Credits)
Students will earn a total of 18 credits for this program.
Jazz Music Program
Students interested in the Jazz Music Program must have permission from the Chair of Elon's Music Department in order to participate. Please contact the program manager or the Chair of the Music Department for more information.
Students who participate in this program will take four credits of Italian language and then may choose a combination of the electives listed above and the music courses listed below totaling 18 hours.
Courses available include but are not limited to:
Jazz in Europe
Music Business in Europe
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
Students may do Winter Term on campus
This program offers a significant discount for the spring term! View the budget sheet for details.
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:
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 & Meals
Students will live in privately-owned apartments within the historic center of Florence. Apartments will be within walking distance (maximum commute time of approximately 30 minutes) of classes, 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:
Kitchens equipped with standard necessities
A washing machine and drying rack
Bed linens and bath towel changes once per week
Cleaning services three times per term
Students on this program will receive €1,500 in vouchers for use at selected local markets and restaurants. This amount should cover much of the cost of food in Florence for the term, however the GEC estimates that students should still have about $500 available to spend on food.
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 up to one year in advance.
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.
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.
The modern Italian literature class I took was the most interesting because we covered a wide variety of topics and I was really able to grow as a student throughout the semester while gaining all this knowledge.
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.
Open Period: Apr. 4 to 11:59 PM on May 4. Applications completed in the Open Period will be reviewed by May 16. Students that apply for the GEC Access Scholarship during the Open Period will be notified in June.
Rolling Period: May 16 to 11:59 PM on Sept. 14. 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.
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 GEC. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates upon your acceptance.
** 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.