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  • Locations: Certaldo, Italy; Florence, Italy; Lucca, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Siena, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description

Dante's Inferno


In Inferno, Dante Alighieri constructs the afterlife and confronts complex local, regional, and "global" issues. From Florentine government to Italian unification, Dante treats politics. From corruption in the Papacy to doctrinal consideration of Islam, Dante treats religion. From the minutiae of embryology to the architecture of the universe, Dante treats the meaning of life. He challenges readers to think about and explain - with unsurpassed eloquence, intellect, and clarity - problems from the local to the universal context. The video game Dante's Inferno reflects many facets from the literary work. The course will challenge students to compare and contrast the sacred journey of a medieval pilgrim with the profane quest of a scythe-wielding soul slayer of the digital age. Student research will investigate: medieval Italian literature and history; traditional literature versus video game narratives; the role of video games in education. For the Elon Core Curriculum Capstone Project, students will create a detailed proposal for an original video game in which they reflect on the course findings, their respective disciplines, and the Elon experience. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Global Engagement courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Out-of-class Course Description:
  • Students will on a daily basis unlock the mysteries of Dante’s Inferno, The Divine Comedy and Florence itself with guided class excursions around the city.
  • Students will explore key museums, monuments, and buildings of Florence in completing coursework, as well as a personal travel journal.
  • Students will undertake guided and independent excursions to famous Italian cities with relevance to Dante’s Inferno and Divine Comedy (E.g., Pisa, Siena; Lucca, Arezzo, Certaldo, Ravenna).

Spring Meeting Information

The spring meeting will meet in April. The specific date, time, and location is TBD.

Activity Level: Easy Going

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as easy going, which means you should be comfortable with some walking throughout the day. Expect to get on and off of a coach, and be ready to stroll through cities and to stand for a few hours when you’re learning in museums.

Dante's Inferno 2




Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 2 - January 24th, 2020. 
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



  • Florence, Italy
    • Dante’s House Museum 
    • Ufizzi Gallery Museum
    • Accademia Gallery
    • Various independent and guided excursions
  • Siena, Italy 
  • Pisa, Italy
  • Certaldo, Italy
  • Lucca, Italy

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information will be available on the budget sheet.


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.

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 program. 

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Thursdays 9-11 AM
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Program Leader 1: Brandon Essary
Assistant Professor of Italian
Carlton Building 328
2125 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/02/2019
Rolling Admission 01/02/2020 01/24/2020
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, 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.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.