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Program Description:
Elon in Los Angeles is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to take courses and intern in the entertainment capital of the world.
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The fall 2020 program has been suspended due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will return for spring 2021.  

About the Location

Elon in Los Angeles is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to take courses and intern in the entertainment capital of the world.


Academics - Courses for semester programs 

The program is open to ALL majors. Students will be enrolled in three or four classes while carrying out one or two professional internships. Courses offer not only hands-on opportunities, but also a realistic view of professional life in the entertainment industry. Focus areas include coursework in production, research, writing, branding, entertainment law, and art.

Elon in Los Angeles | Spring    The spring program is geared toward Cinema & TV students.  Students will spend the semester taking courses, interning at a wide variety of companies and creating portfolio materials.  They will be exposed to the global city of LA through a 15-week experience in the entertainment capitalof the world.                                                                                                  

14-18 Credits
CTA 316 Writing for TV and Cinema 
COM 381 Communications Internship (2-credit)
CTA 386 LA Entertainment Production 
COM 400 Media Law and Ethics 
ARH 375 LA Contemporary Art 

NEW Elon in Los Angeles | Fall  The Fall program is geared toward Strategic Communications.  They will be exposed to the global city of LA through a 13-week experience in the entertainment capital of the world.                                                                                                     

14-18 Credits
COM 381 Communications Internship (2-credit)
STC 312 Strategic Writing 
STC 452 Strategic Campaigns 
COM 400 Media Law & Ethics
CTA 370 Branded Content & Video Production
DAN 210 Yoga
ARH  375 LA Contemporary Art 
 They are supplemented with master classes from alumni and industry professionals who share their experience and wisdom.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 
  • Study USA courses may NOT be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.


Elon students have interned in a variety of industries and Los Angeles has something to offer students of every major.  Past internship sites have included: NBCUniversal, McDonald Selznck Associates, Fox Sports 1, Red Light PR, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Shameless Jewelry, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Hopeless Records, Paramount Pictures, VH1 Music Talent, Platform Media Group.
Check out this map to see where the Elon in LA students have interned:


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 out alumni working and living in Los Angeles. 

General Program Dates

Spring Semester –  early February through mi-May 
Fall Semester - late August to late November 


Costs for this program include payment of regular semester Elon tuition, as well as additional housing and program fees. 

Transportation and food costs are NOT included.

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 USA, 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 USA 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 cameras and computers assigned to each apartment. The housing facility includes a film screening room and common meeting spaces.


Students must complete the online Elon University Study USA 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.

Elon in LA is open to students from other universities! Email J McMerty at for more information.


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. 



You are required to attend all pre-departure meetings and/or courses associated with the Study USA program for which you are applying.

Cancellation And Payment

Program fee payment is due as indicated below.

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 J. McMerty at 

Students should be aware of the following refund schedule:

  • $400 deposit due at time of application and is applied to the total program cost.
  • Full program cost is due according to Elon's payment schedule.
  • $400 deposit, and any expended program costs, are non-refundable as of the first day of registration for spring courses per the undergraduate academic calendar.
Visit the Study USA Payment and Cancellation Policies page for more information.

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!

Questions?  Contact the Elon in LA program coordinator, J McMerty for program-specific and course related questions. 

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
Elon in LA


I learned to be more openminded and accepting of things I usually wouldn't have been accepting of.
     — Charyssa Parent, Spring 2013
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/12/2019
Rolling Admission 02/07/2020 05/16/2020
Spring 2021 09/10/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis Apr. 7 to Sept. 10. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available.

Applications lock on deadline day after 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applicants must click “submit” in their application by 11:59 PM Eastern Time to meet the deadline.

GEC Access Scholarship consideration: Students that submit the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by May 7 will be notified in early summer. Students that submit the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by Sept. 10 will be notified in October. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by Sept. 10 to guarantee consideration. Scholarship questionnaires submitted after Sept. 10 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications for this program are non-binding until the withdrawal deadline, Nov. 5. 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.

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