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  • Locations: San Francisco, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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About the Location

The Elon in San Francisco summer program is an nine-week opportunity for students to take a Core Capstone Course and partake in internships in the innovation capital of the world.



The program is open to ALL majors. Students earn six hours of credit while onsite in San Francisco. 

COR 402  Global Innovation:  Solving Problems with Design Thinking
Though San Francisco is home to some of the largest companies in the world including Google, Facebook, and Apple, it also contains the second largest homeless population in the country. This course uses San Francisco and an internship to understand global problems that are vexing startup companies, large companies, non-profits and society as a whole. The powerful combination of the liberal arts capstone (COR course) and professional capstone (internship) seeks to achieve the overall goal of being a university capstone that facilitates the transition from college to professional life. Throughout the summer, students will be engaged in a deep understanding of the intersection of problem solving, critical thinking, social good, and how innovation ecosystems foster the creation of solutions to problems. In addition to reading and writing about innovators, students will personally engage innovators who reside in Silicon Valley.

Grades count toward an Elon GPA. 

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

Program Activities

Students participating in Elon in San Francisco have regularly scheduled activities, such as company visits, innovator panel discussions, and mentoring interactions with our alumni working and living in San Francisco. 

General Program Dates

Summer - Early June to end of July.


Program cost includes tuition, housing, and various programming for students.  Transportation and food costs are NOT included.  

For full program cost information, please see the budget sheet (coming soon).

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 Twitter HQ and downtown San Francisco. The building will also be home to students from other top universities and may provide opportunities to engage other innovative students. The state-of-the-art common spaces and rooftop study areas provide many creative options when deciding where to work on your big idea.


Applications require a deposit and then an interview and are assessed on a rolling basis.  Admission continues until the program is full -- please apply early to increase your chances of admission and to begin your internship search.

Please see the date information at the bottom of this page for application deadlines.


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

Cancelling your participation in a program must be done by email to J. McMerty, 

For specific payment and cancellation deadlines and informamtion, see the Study USA Payment and Cancellation Policies.

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 San Francisco Faculty in Residence, Alyssa Martina for program-specific and course related questions. Contact J McMerty with questions regarding the application process.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/27/2018
Rolling Admission 06/01/2018 07/31/2018
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program. All completed applications are reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Open Period: Sept. 12 to 11:59 p.m., Nov. 16.

Rolling Period: Dec. 5 to 11:59 p.m., March 30.

To guarantee consideration for a GEC Access Scholarship for this program, you must submit the application questionnaire "Apply for a GEC Access Scholarship" by Feb. 15. Scholarship questionnaires submitted after Feb. 15 are not guaranteed consideration and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Please view the Payment and Cancellation Policies page for important 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.