About the Location
Elon in Los Angeles is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to take courses and intern in the entertainment capital of the world.
The program is open to ALL majors. Students will be enrolled in three or four classes while carrying out one or two professional internships. Courses offer not only hands-on opportunities, but also a realistic view of professional life in the entertainment industry. Focus areas include coursework in production, public relations, entertainment law, and acting. The synergic design of classes culminates in final projects that bring together lessons learned, individual contributions, and creative talents, which can then be used to help secure employment in the entertainment industry. Students enrolled in the spring session can earn up to 18 credit hours, 2 hours of internship, and 16 hours of coursework.
- Media Law & Ethics
- Dance for the Camera
- Entertainment Public Relations
- Entertainment Production
- Performance (including stand-up comedy, hosting, acting)
- Contemporary Art in LA
Courses vary between spring and summer. They are supplemented with master classes from alumni and industry professionals who share their experience and wisdom.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Elon students have interned in a variety of industries and Los Angeles has something to offer students of every major. Past internship sites have included: NBCUniversal, McDonald Selznck Associates, Fox Sports 1, Red Light PR, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Shameless Jewelry, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Hopeless Records, Paramount Pictures, VH1 Music Talent, Platform Media Group.
Check out this map to see where the Elon in LA students have interned:
Elon in LA students have regularly scheduled activities, such as film screenings, behind the scenes tours of productions in progress, and mentoring interactions with out alumni working and living in Los Angeles.
General Program Dates
Spring Semester – generally follows Elon's Spring Semester dates (February 2017 - May 2017)
Costs for this program include payment of regular semester Elon tuition, as well as additional housing and program fees.
Transportation and food costs are NOT included.
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for Study USA, 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 USA program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Enjoy safe, convenient, amenity-filled houisng within walking distance of Warner Bros. and Universal Studios. Create, collaborate and edit with your roommates using state-of-the-art cameras and computers assigned to each apartment. The housing facility includes a film screening room and common meeting spaces.
Students must complete the online Elon University Study USA application by the published deadline. See the deadline and events calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Applications for 2018 Spring Semester are open for priority applications from April 4 - April 23, 2017. Then rolling admissions will continue until September 14, 2017.
Elon in LA is open to students from other universities!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for application instructions.
Students will participate in a series of MANDATORY orientations during the semester prior to participating in a Study USA experience. These orientations will address issues of academic, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.
You are required to attend all pre-departure meetings and/or courses associated with the Study USA program for which you are applying.
Cancellation And Payment
Program fee payment is due as indicated below.
Your request for refunds associated with payments for Study USA programs must be submitted by the following deadlines, according to this Cancellation Policy.
Cancelling your participation in a program must be done by email to Mark Dalhouse, email@example.com. Students should be aware of the following refund schedule:
- $400 deposit due at time of application and is applied to the total program cost.
- Full program cost is due according to Elon's payment schedule.
- $400 deposit, and any expended program costs, are non-refundable as of the first day of registration for spring courses per the undergraduate academic calendar.
Visit the Study USA Payment and Cancellation Policies
page for more information.
Additional Information and Links
Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!
Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Check out our Elon in LA student blog
from years past.
Contact the Elon in LA program coordinator, J McMerty
for program-specific and course related questions. Contact Mark Dalhouse
in the Study USA office for questions regarding the application process.
“If I just come out here by myself, I don’t think I’d get the opportunity to get feedback and work with all kinds of different people. Being out here gives us an excuse to work together. But at the same time, it’s also a competition. It’s a weird mix of working together but also that push you get from seeing everyone else work and saying, ‘I want to be good, too.’”
– Asha Wilson ’13, Media Arts & Entertainment major and intern at Martin Chase Productions in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011