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Elon in Los Angeles (LA) - Summer
Los Angeles, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
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:
Mark Dalhouse
Program Leader 1:
J McMerty
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Program Description:

About the Location

The Elon in Los Angeles summer program is a nine-week opportunity for students to take classes and partake in internships in the entertainment capital of the world.


The program is open to ALL majors. Students earn six hours of credit while onsite in Hollywood.  Four of those credits will be from an elective course and two will satisfy any internship requirement.

  • 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 insights.

Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 

Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Program Activities

Elon in LA students have regularly scheduled activities, such as film screenings, behind the scenes tours of productions in progress, and mentoring interactions with our alumni working and living in Los Angeles. 

General Program Dates

Summer 2016 - Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Saturday, July 30, 2016


Cost for this program for 2016 is being determined, program cost includes tuition, housing, and various programming for students. 

Transportation and food costs are NOT included.

Scholarships/Travel Grants

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.


Enjoy safe, convenient, amenity-filled housing 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, which lend themselves to engaging conversations with college students from around the world who are studying the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.


Applications for Summer 2016 open on September 17, 2015.  Applications require a deposit and then an interview and are assessed on a rolling basis.  Admission continues till the program is full with a final deadline of March 31, 2016.  Please apply early to increase your chances of admission and to begin your internship search.

Elon in LA is open to students from other universities!  Please contact 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. 

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!

Interested?  Check out our student blog from years past.

Questions?  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.

Student Comments:

“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

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/02/2015
Rolling Admission 05/30/2015 08/01/2015
Summer 2016 02/18/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis 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 Summer 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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