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England, London: Elon Center Abroad (FIE)
London, England; london, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
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Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
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Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
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Program Advisor/Manager:
Bill Burress
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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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).


The Elon in London semester is divided into two phases with an orientation at the start and mid-term break, for a total of 15.5 weeks. All students will take courses during the first phase and can choose one of three course pathways during the second phase: internship, service learning, or research. Each pathway grants academic credit.

Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).
Courses take place Monday through Friday. All students will take a total of 16 credits. Two courses are required:

Students will earn the remaining 8 credits by taking one FIE elective and the GST interdisciplinary capstone seminar taught by Elon Faculty in Residence (see below), or by taking two FIE electives (more information on electives is below).  

COR 356 IS ELR – 4 credits (credit for GST/COR Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar)
The topic of this seminar changes every semester as the faculty member in residence changes.

Spring 2016: London the Megacity

  • Dr. Ryan Kirk (Geography & Environmental Studies)
London is widely considered to be one of the most important globalized megacities in the world. Combining urban geography, urban design, history and urban sociology, this course examines the forces by which London became a megacity and how it navigates modern challenges and opportunities. Students will study how different boroughs are assimilating immigrants, how the city manages the urban metabolism needs of its people and businesses, and how planners and activists are redesigning the city in real-time to meet 21st century economic and security challenges. Simultaneously, students will explore how concentrated urban living influences society and reflect on the ways place influences our individual identities. This course is writing intensive. 
Fall 2015Communications in the European Union
  • Dr. Richard Landesberg (Communications)
This course will draw on the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, and communications as we takes a critical look at communications systems in the United Kingdom and the European Union and how those systems compare and contrast with communications systems in the United States.  Americans are used to a system of “free” media where an antenna will get you all the television and radio news and entertainment you might need and where most cities have one local newspaper.   The British have historically paid an annual tax, first for radio and now television.   London has many newspapers, though a number of them are national.  In Europe, especially among the former communist countries, one finds even greater differences.  History, politics and culture all play a part in how messages are transmitted and received. In this course, students examine the media systems of many European countries, stressing the chief problems of communications across cultural, economic, sociological and political barriers.  This course is writing intensive.

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Electives - More than 25 courses are available in arts, literature, theatre, global business, media and communications, history and politics, and humanities and social sciences. View the list of FIE elective courses. View the London Course Request Form. Save this form to your computer before electronically completing it.

Attention Music Students:

Credit bearing and non-credit bearing private voice lessons are also available for an additional fee. Contact the London Program Advisor for more information.

FIE has a piano for students use. Contact the London program advisor for more information on scheduling piano practice time.

Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

*Students undertaking an internship or service learning placement are required to obtain a pre-entry clearance visa. Specific information on the visa application process will be discussed in pre-departure orientations.

General Program Dates

Dates for Spring 2015 are as follows:

  • Arrival:                      Jan. 7, 2015
  • Mid-Term Break:        March 2 - 6, 2015
  • Departure:                 April 26, 2015

Dates for Fall 2015 are as follows:

  • Arrival:                      Sept. 2, 2015
  • Mid-Term Break:        Oct. 26 - 30, 2015
  • Departure:                 Dec. 20, 2015


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.


FIE offers student accommodations based in historic and charming Kensington, just a few minutes walk from the Foundation House Study Center. The majority of students live in double-occupancy rooms, while some will live in single, triple or quadruple rooms. 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.


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


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.


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.

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources  

Unique Aspect
The fact that I had an internship abroad is really unique. I got to see how the work place culture varies based on where you're located.
     — Abigail Bridge, Spring 2015
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/19/2015
Rolling Admission 09/02/2015 12/20/2015
Spring 2016 09/17/2015
Rolling Admission 01/06/2016 04/24/2016
NOTE: The priority deadline is April 30. After April 30, this program will continue to accept applications on a rolling and space-available basis until September 17, and applications will be reviewed within two weeks of submission.

The start dates and end dates 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.

Please view the Deadlines page for more information.

** 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.