Travel Preparations

Liability Coverage

Under the current University liability insurance policy, students will be covered by University liability insurance when participating in a GLO associated with a credit bearing course (GLO-CE or GLO-AC). For GLO-Vs students must purchase their own liability insurance and may apply for GLO funding to cover this expense.

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Travel Waiver and Warning

Elon University’s standard policy is to not approve enrolled Elon students to study in a location where a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning is in effect. Students, faculty leaders, or the GLO Committee can petition the Dean of Global Studies to waive the prohibition. Petitions are reviewed on a program-by-program and on a student-by-student basis for GLOs.

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International Health Insurance

Mandatory international health insurance coverage, billed through Elon, is required. The coverage begins on the first day of travel and ends on the last day of travel. Elon has selected a uniform policy specifically designed for students abroad that provides adequate levels of insurance for students worldwide. Some programs abroad may require additional insurance policies. Elon is not able to exempt students from the Elon policy, regardless of these additional policies. Many national plans required by the host country do not cover students when traveling to other countries and do not include important features such as emergency evacuation.

Elon University requires its students to maintain their domestic health insurance even while they are abroad. The international health insurance policy covers students ONLY while they are outside of the United States, and the policy terminates upon return to the United States.

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Disciplinary Violation

As stated in the Elon University student handbook, students sanctioned with Preliminary Suspension or Disciplinary Suspension lose the privilege of participating in GLOs.

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Honor Code/Behavior on Study Abroad Programs

As stated in the Elon Universitystudent handbook, GLO students are held to the academic and social policies of the Elon University Honor Code, and to the policies of the host institution or study-abroad program. In most instances these policies will be the same or very similar. While abroad, you are representing yourself, your university, and your country, and you are therefore expected to behave in a responsible and professional manner. Failure to uphold the Honor Code while abroad will result in disciplinary action and/or dismissal from the program at your own expense. Students should refer to this letter from the Dean of Students and Dean of Global Studies regarding expected behavior on study-abroad programs (and GLOs).

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Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are encouraged to disclose their disabilities early in the process of planning a GLO. This will allow students sufficient time to investigate a number of options for programs that meet their academic interests and to explore the availability of accommodations prior to making a program selection.

It is important to remember that the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Actare not in force outside of the United States. It is the student’s responsibility to disclose any disability that requires accommodation and to make plans for his or her needs.

Accommodations which represent a fundamental alteration of the program or that create an undue hardship will not be provided. All decisions regarding accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. If accommodations are needed and not available at a particular site, then students may not be qualified to participate in that specific program.

If additional accommodation needs arise while the student is abroad, students must discuss these needs with Disabilities Services and the study abroad site to determine whether the additional accommodations are reasonable and appropriate.

If a student choose to not disclose disability-related needs prior to arrival at his or her host institution, the GEC, Disabilities Services, and the host institution will determine if accommodations are possible. It may not be feasible to make arrangements for accommodations requested too close to the departure date or once on site. More information on planning for study abroad with disabilities can be found on the Studying Abroad with Disabilities webpage.

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Preparing Yourself

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Vaccination Information

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Health and Safety

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Passports

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Registering with State Department

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Communicating While Abroad

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