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Elon in Los Angeles (LA) - Spring
Los Angeles, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Budget Sheets Spring
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Capacity:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Mark Dalhouse
Program Leader 1:
J McMerty
ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:

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.


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, public relations, entertainment law, and acting. The synergic design of classes culminates in final projects that bring together lessons learned, individual contributions, and creative talents, which can then be used to help secure employment in the entertainment industry. Students enrolled in the spring session can earn up to 18 credit hours, 2 hours of internship, and 16 hours of coursework.

  • 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 wisdom.

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 out alumni working and living in Los Angeles. 

General Program Dates

Spring Semester – generally follows Elon's Spring Semester dates (February 2016 - May 2016)


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 houisng 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.


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.

Applications for 2016 Spring Semester are open for priority applications from March 12 - April 23, 2015. Then rolling admissions will continue until September 17, 2015.

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

Interested?  Check out our student blog from years past at.

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 majorand intern at Martin Chase Productions in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011

I learned to be more openminded and accepting of things I usually wouldn't have been accepting of.
     — Charyssa Parent, Spring 2013
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/17/2015
Rolling Admission 02/05/2016 05/14/2016
NOTE: Priority application period is March 11-April 23 (11:59 PM). Priority period is for students sure of their participation in the program. Priority period deposits are generally binding. Regular application period begins April 24 and continues until September 17 on a space-available basis. Regular period deposits are refundable until November 5.

A student will be notified of his/her application status following his/her interview, which will be scheduled individually following completion of the application.

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.

Spring 2017 09/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Open Period: Apr. 5 to 11:59 PM on Apr. 28. All applications completed in the Open Period will be reviewed by May. 10. Students that apply for the GEC Access Scholarship during the Open Period will be notified in June.

Rolling Period: May. 10 to 11:59 PM on Sept. 15. All applications completed in the Rolling Period will be reviewed within two weeks of submission. Students that apply for the GEC Access Scholarship during the Rolling Period will be notified in October.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

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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