Many Elon students are familiar with only one academic environment: the education system in the United States; part of studying abroad is experiencing a different academic environment in your host country. Be prepared for changes and do not expect the same level of individual support and attention that you receive at Elon! You might find differences in the size and structure of the classes, teaching methods, expectations, syllabi, assignments, grading, independent learning, attendance policies, time spent in class, and ideas presented. While Elon has vetted the quality of the instruction abroad, it is not our goal to convert institutions abroad to an Elon or an American system or style of education. So you will need to adapt to your host academic environment. Generally, courses abroad require more student initiative and independence, and will have less frequent assessment than Elon courses; therefore, it is your responsibility to keep up with the material covered. You can research your specific program’s academic culture by visiting the program website, speaking with former participants, including Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASA's), or meeting with an advisor at the GEC.
If you have questions about your courses abroad, ASK! Direct your questions or concerns about a class while abroad to on-site resources. If you are unsure about how to address an issue with one of your professors, seek the advice of an on-site program advisor or director, or ask a local student. While it may be unusual for students to approach professors with questions in some cultures, study abroad students generally find the faculty are responsive to their questions and concerns. Elon University is not able to address student issues regarding the academics in other institutions and other countries. The sooner you address a concern, the easier it will be to resolve it.
It is important to keep all materials for each course you take abroad. These may include syllabi, reading lists, notes, papers, quizzes, and tests. Bring all of this information home with you. You may need it in order to have a course approved or substituted for a specific requirement at Elon. You should also be sure to have the name and contact information for each of your professors.
Information about posting of grades and transcripts from abroad can be found here.