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Program Description:
London is one of the most ideal places to study abroad. Besides having one of the most diverse populations in the world, it is a thriving center of politics, art, science, music, theatre, literature, business and more.  The Elon Center in London is presented in partnership with Foundation for International Education (FIE).
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Did you know the Elon Center in London is discounted by $4,000 in the spring? The deadline for Spring 2020 has been extended until September 19th!

About the Location

London is one of the most ideal places to study abroad. Besides having one of the most diverse populations in the world, it is a thriving center of politics, art, science, music, theatre, literature, business and more. The Elon Center in London is presented in partnership with Foundation for International Education (FIE).

Academics

Who is this program right for?

This program is right for students in almost any major or minor who are interested in participating in an international professional or service experience.  This program offers a wide variety of courses across disciplines and emphasizes the city of London as a classroom.  London offers unparalleled diversity of people and experiences, and is known as a world capital of art, music, education, business and pretty much everything else.

What is this program like?

FIE offers students exceptional support resources to make the most of their time abroad.  Students on this program take classes with other students from institutions in the United States.  Most courses are taught by faculty members hired by FIE, and are typically offered in FIE's building, Foundation House, located in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.  FIE offers students membership in the Imperial College Student Union as well as International Students House, through which students can access clubs, organizations and activities with local students.

All students on this program will participate in either an internship or a service internship.  The Elon in London semester is divided into two phases with an orientation at the start and mid-term break, for a total of 15 weeks. All students will take courses during the first phase; during the second phase students will continue their coursework and start their experiential placement.

London program timeline
Courses take place Monday through Friday. The program is designed for students to take three courses plus internship for a total of 16 credits; some students choose to take four courses plus internship for a total of 20 credits.  Two courses are required:

Students will earn the remaining 8-12 credits by taking a mix of FIE elective courses and the Core Capstone Seminar taught by the Elon Faculty in Residence.  Information on elective courses can be found in the 'Academic Notes' section below.

Core Capstone Seminar - COR 356 IS ELR – 4 credits

The topic of this seminar changes every semester as the faculty member in residence changes.

Spring 2020: Prof. L.D. Russell, Religious Studies

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the nature of sacred space as it is construed and experienced in England’s history and contemporary culture with a concentration on the city of London and the surrounding area. Its focus will be two-fold: to define the sacred as one category of religious thought and practice, and to understand the social construction of these very notions of “sacred” and “religion.” Through reading scholarly sources from a variety of disciplines, touring relevant historical and contemporary sites, and engaging in in-depth discussions drawing on the perspectives each student will bring from their major and minor, students will examine their own assumptions regarding religion and the sacred. The course will be reading-intensive and writing-intensive and involve a capstone project.

Fall 2021: Dr. Matt Buckmaster, Music

Spring 2021: Dr. Megan Isaac, English

Academic Notes 

  • FIE offers more than 25 courses in in arts, literature, theater, global business, media and communications, history and politics, and humanities and social sciences. Visit FIE's website for more information on electives offered.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
  • Students on this program typically take three courses plus their experiential component for a total of 16 Elon credits; some students choose to take four courses plus their experiential component for a total of 20 Elon credits.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

General Program Dates

Generally, the spring term will run as follows:

  • Arrival:                      Early January
  • Mid-Term Break:      Early March

  • Departure:                 Late April


Generally, the fall term will run as follows:

  • Arrival:                      Early September
  • Mid-Term Break:       Late October

  • Departure:                 Late December


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.

FIE offers scholarships to students studying in London.


Housing

FIE offers student accommodations based in converted Victorian-era townhomes in historic and charming Kensington, just a few minutes walk from the Foundation House Study Center. Students can live in double, triple, or quadruple rooms. Most of these rooms are connected to a larger apartment with other rooms. Apartments can range from three to 18 students.  Each apartment has a shared kitchen, living space and bathrooms. Students will have access to laundry facilities though they may not be in their individual residence. Students will live in one of four residences and will be notified of their housing assignment approximately one month prior to arrival. 

Learn more about FIE's residences.


Eligibility

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing is required.

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.


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, will be fully the responsibility of the student.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester programs.

Once the orientation schedule is set, students will be notified by e-mail of the times, dates and locations.


Additional Information and Links

Want to know more? Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to connect with alumni and other prospective students. 

Global Ambassadors 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 Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

You can also learn more on FIE's comprehensive website.

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Testimonial:
Testimonial:
I became a lot more independent during my time abroad. I became more confident in my own interests and goals and this can definitely be attributed to studying abroad in a completely new country where you have to adjust.
     — Abigail Bridge, Spring 2015
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
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Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 04/28/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
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Rolling Admission 09/04/2019 12/22/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

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 2020 09/19/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2020 04/26/2020
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

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