International Students

Welcome to the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center!

Welcome in any language can sound like music when actions accompany the words. At Elon University we will say “welcome” many times, but more importantly, we want you to feel welcome. The first time you undertake anything new, there is bound to be both excitement and apprehension. As you think about coming to Elon University, look on the positive side and anticipate the meeting of new people and discovery of new customs and culture.
                                                                                                                       - Woody Pelton, Dean of Global Studies

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center

The Global Education Center (GEC) is available to help international students navigate the application process, arrival, and adjustment to life at Elon. The services the GEC offers are designed to help international students feel at home while studying abroad and to foster the growth of a global community.

International Student Health Insurance & Waiver

All students are required to carry health insurance during their time at Elon University.  The GEC recommends students carry the recommended Elon insurance, as the GEC is able to assist with filing claims and other matters under this insurance.  Students will be billed for health insurance unless they demonstrate to the GEC that they have a policy that provides coverage equal to or better than the Elon recommended policy. All policies must be written in English and have English-speaking customer service representatives.

To waive the Elon recommended policy, please submit a completed waiver form by e-mail to or, or by fax to 336-278-6692.

Airport Transportation

The GEC provides transportation from the Raleigh-Durham (RDU) or Piedmont-Triad (GSO) airports to campus for incoming students. We strongly encourage you to inform the GEC at least two weeks before your arrival if you need a ride. The beginning of the semester is a busy time of year, and spots fill up quickly. Information about airport transportation is available on the Traveling, Arrival, & Orientation page.

International Orientation Program

Once new students arrive on campus and before classes begin, the GEC holds a two-day international student orientation.  Current Elon students serve as student mentors and orientation leaders. They will provide international students with campus tours, information sessions, activities, and time to socialize with other students. Students will need to arrive on campus Tuesday, August 23 to move into their housing. New International student orientation begins Wednesday, August 24. It is recommended that families depart Sunday, August 28.

International Student Handbook

To help you prepare for your arrival in the United States, the GEC has put together an International Student Handbook that provides important information on everything from applying for your visa to what to pack. If you have any questions, contact the GEC.

Visa Information and Assistance

Visa information will be provided during the application process. For more information on the U.S. visa process, refer to the Visa Application and Information page.

GEC Events

The GEC organizes various events throughout the year including social events, trips to local and regional attractions, and International Education Week.  


If you have any questions about applying to Elon or adjusting to life in the United States, feel free to contact us.

François Masuka
Director of International Student & Scholar Services

Kristen Aquilino
Assistant Director for Global Student Engagement

Bill Burress
Associate Director of Study Abroad
Skype: billburress

Campus Box 2375, Elon, NC 27244
Phone: 336-278-6700 Fax: 336-278-6692

For emergencies, after office hours, or on the weekend contact 336-278-5555.