The city of Florence is an iconic international city famous for art, architecture, history, food, wine and ambiance. Though the city is home to almost 400,000 people, the compact city center makes the city feel intimate and accessible. Housed within this city center are some of the world's most significant treasures including the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (informally known as il duomo), the Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo's David and the Uffizi Gallery. Florence, capital of the Italian region of Tuscany, is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, making it an ideal city in which to study the liberal and performing arts.
CoursesStudents will earn 8 credits while on this program. Courses are offered in Italian language, art history, photography, painting, opera and vocal technique, dance, and music business.
There are classes and program activities five days per week. Classes are offered morning, late morning, and afternoon. Students may choose classes from two of the three periods. The class schedule will be shared during the spring term prior to the program.
All classes on this program will integrate history, art history, and cultural enrichment activities such as museum visits and walking tours into each course in addition to topical course content.
Music EnsemblesThe summer program music courses may include participation in one ensemble chosen between a chamber, a jazz or a vocal ensemble. Audition is required for placement into the music ensembles. The ensembles will have at least three performances during the program. Ensembles typically rehearse twice per week in the late afternoon. Individual instrument rentals, if required, are not included.
Elon FacultySome courses on this program will be taught by Elon faculty members. Past and future faculty members include:
- Summer 2018: Prof. Polly Cornelius - Opera Workshop & Vocal Technique
- Summer 2019:
- Prof. Polly Cornelius - Opera Workshop & Vocal Technique
- Prof. Lauren Kearns - Dance
- Summer 2020:
- Prof. Jon Metzger - Jazz Improvisation*, Jazz Ensemble*
- Prof. Polly Cornelius - Opera Workshop & Vocal Technique
Excursions & ExtrasThis program includes two one-day excursions. Typically one is to Baratti Gulf and one is to Siena, however these are subject to change.. The program also includes a cooking class along with welcome and farewell dinners.
- Courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Early June - late June
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:
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.
Merit-based scholarships are also be available through AEF. More information is available directly from AEF.
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.
Students will live in privately-owned apartments within the historic center of Florence. Apartments will be within walking distance (maximum commute time of approximately 30 minutes) of classes, restaurants, and shops. Elon University students will be placed in apartments that hold 2-10 students, and could be roomed with one to two other students.
The apartments include:
- Kitchens equipped with standard necessities
- A washing machine and drying rack
- Bed linens and bath towel changes every two weeks
- Maintenance services
MealsMeals are at the student's own expense. Students may either cook using facilities in their apartments or dine out.
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.
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, are the student's full responsibility.
The orientation schedule for this program is yet to be determined.
Global Ambassadors (GAs) 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 GAs via email.
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2020||02/13/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.
Early Action Period: October 8 to 11:59 p.m., November 14. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 3 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.
Revision Period begins December 3. Students that applied Early Action and are assigned the status "revise and resubmit" or are waitlisted may revise and resubmit their application, submit a change form in Global Commons 360 to switch into an open program, or defer their application to the spring term.
Rolling Period: December 6 to 11:59 p.m., February 13. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by March.
All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. 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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