About the Location
There is no better place than London to witness the impact of globalization on a developed society. Unlike the United States, where centers of power and influence are scattered around the country, London is the center of everything British. It is the financial center, the seat of government, the media hub, the center for all the arts, and headquarters for major domestic and international corporations. Its rich heritage is steeped in tradition, yet London is the most culturally diverse city in the world.
The London Internship program is comprised of three facets: the internship, a British Life and Cultures course, and an International Internship Course (IIC) with international internship seminars, which provide students an immersion experience into British culture and London life. Students are engaged Monday through Friday. In addition to interning two and a half days a week, students attend weekly class meetings in which topics such as cultural differences, organizational culture, and learning from challenges are addressed and discussed. Graded assignments reinforce and complement class discussions.
Students will apply for an internship for which they will earn Elon credit. Internships are available in a wide variety of disciplines and businesses and could be appropriate for almost any major. Opportunities include:
- Accountancy & Finance
- Arts & Humanities
- Business & Economics
- Environment & Sustainability
- Film & Television
- Human Resources
- Information Technology & Multimedia
- Journalism & Media
- Law & Criminal Justice
- Music & Radio
International Service Internships are unique opportunities for you to engage in an international work placement with a central theme of serving the London community. For more information, view the London Service Learning Internship page
All internships are unpaid.
- Students choose their key course from one of four tracks (4 credits)
- British Life & Cultures
- British Life & Business
- British Life & Visual Media
- British Life & Europe
- Credit towards Society or Advanced Studies
Experiential Learning Course
- Students will choose between two types of an experiential education course
- London Internship (4 credits)
- London Service Internship (4 credits)
Students MUST take both courses.
The course(s) also satisfy(ies) the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Students planning to study abroad on this program must fill out the Course Request Packet and meet with the Associate Registrar to know how the courses will count toward their degree.
Students are required to arrive on/by the first day of the program and be in attendance until the final day. Students are responsible for making their own flight arrangements and for getting themselves from the airport to their housing in South Kensington.
Depart U.S. & Arrive to London - late May (session 1), late June (session 2)
After arrival in London, students will begin with an orientation period during which they will also have their internship interview.
Students will be engaged Monday-Friday with 2.5 days coursework and 2.5 days at the internship placement.
End of program in London - late July (session 1), late August (session 2)
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities.
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 see the summer budget sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (study abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.
Students can apply for summer financial aid through Elon University in person in the Office of Financial Planning in the spring semester. Summer financial aid applications are due May 1.
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 global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
FIE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on their programs. View the FIE Scholarships page.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
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 semester in advance.
A successful semester and summer 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.
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!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources