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  • Locations: Park City, Utah, United States;
  • Program Terms: Winter
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  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Course Description

COM 272 US  The Sundance Film Festival Experience   4 S.H.

This Communications course will explore the many facets of the role of the modern day film festival. Students will interact with professionals in promotions, distribution and independent filmmaking while immersing themselves in the aesthetics and culture of film. Students will spend one week at Elon, put on a small film screening, and then travel to Utah to attend a week of the Sundance Film Festival. They will research topics prior to attending the festival and complete journals and related assignments upon returning to campus. The online application includes a short essay. Applicants will also submit a 60 second video demonstrating why they are interested in attending the Sundance Film Festival.  
  • This Winter Term program fulfills a COM elective.

  • Prerequisites: COM 100 and COM 220

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.


Sundance Film Festival is located in Park City, Utah. Students will be housed within walking distance to the screening venues and steps away from the free bus system. They will have access to a grocery store and two full kitchens. 

Tentative Itinerary

Students will spend the first half of January participating in classes on Elon's campus. The second half of the course will take place in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.

Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • March 7, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 

  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 

  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.

  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins. Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28-29). 

  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.

  • Sept. 2017:  Final application deadline.  **Students that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**

Cancellation Policy

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,  Students should be aware of the following refund schedule:
  • Full payment is due September 30, 2017.
  • October 1-14. You may cancel your participation with 50% responsibilty for all program costs.
  • October 15-31. You may cancel your participation with 75% responsibility for all program costs.
  • November 1. You may cancel your participation with 100% responsibility for all program costs.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at or 336.278.5300.
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious issues of physical health to the student or an immediate family member (parent or grandparent) that occur after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded. Travel insurance does not insure against changes in mental health. The insurance also does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Woody Pelton, Dean of International Programs. We encourage you to address any questions you may have as soon as possible, as a delay in doing so could result in increased charges for which you may be liable.


Costs for Study USA vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term, which is included in the fall semester tuition bill. 

The cost includes some group meals, transportation, housing, movie tickets, one festival pass, & industry panels.

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page)-coming soon!

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon WT programs through the GEC.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study 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.

For More Information

Program Leader 1: Jason McMerty
Director of the Elon in LA; Assistant Professor of Communications
2850 Campus Box
336.278.5087 (phone)

Study USA
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center

CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2017 09/15/2016
Rolling Admission 01/20/2017 01/28/2017
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 15: Final deadline for Study USA programs.
  • Sept. 16 - 30: Students that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • Sept. 30: Full payment deadline.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation page for full cancellation policy information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here. Individual programs will provide additional information in the fall preceding the course.

    ** 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

    This program is currently not accepting applications.