Study Abroad

Application Instructions

To begin an application for a program, first visit MyElonGlobal to search for a program brochure page for which you would like to apply, and then click "apply now" at the top or bottom of the page.

You do not need to complete your application in one sitting. To go back to your saved application, click the "login" button on the left menu of the study abroad website or click on the "Login to MyElonGlobal" button on the right side of the main page.

Before completing your online application, BE SURE you have read the entire program-specific webpage for the program to which you are applying.

By submitting an online application, you are beginning a process that will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have during your time at Elon University. In order to make the process as efficient as possible, you must read the application instructions and then complete and submit all required items for a complete application by the application deadline. Your ability to submit the required items on time and with accurate information will assist us in determining your eligibility for a study abroad program. Your application will not be reviewed until all required items are submitted. You may only submit an application for one program per term.

Information on applying for an Independent Elon Program Abroad (IEPA) or a Non-Elon Study Abroad Programs can be found on the webpages for those types of programs.

Visit the application process page for information about the steps after you have completed your application.


Some programs may also require application essays.

Below are the essay prompt questions for summer and semester applications. Please use this as a reference if you would like to work on your essay prior to the application being available on the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center website.

Study abroad at Elon University seeks to promote personal, academic and cultural growth. With these goals in mind, please consider the questions below in composing your essays.

The essays are the first step in preparing to go abroad and one of the key factors in the selection process. In preparing to write the essays, you should think seriously about why you have chosen this program, do some background reading, visit the internet and the Elon Writing Center, review course notes, and/or interview faculty and previous participants. The essays are a substantive part of the application. If you use sources other than your own knowledge and experience, appropriate documentation MUST be included within the essay documents. The Elon University Academic Honor Code requirements apply to this document.

Study Abroad Applications:

These essay questions should be responded to one by one for the online application. All three questions are required and should be answered separately:

1. Academic or Professional Goals

Carefully review the structure and characteristics of the program you have selected. Then, tell us at least three academic or professional goals you have for your program. For each goal identify the element of the program that supports that goal. For example, you might say, “I’d like to improve my language skills, and living with a host family will support that goal.” Bullet points are acceptable (no more than 250 words). 

2. Please select Prompt A or B and respond (no more than 250 words):

A) Pick two Global Engagement Student Goals and discuss specifically your action plan for achieving them as a participant in your program. Action plans should incorporate SMART goals – you should share with us a plan that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Realistic, and Time-bound.

B) Pick two attributes discussed in the Fortune article"5 skills employers want that you won’t see in a job ad" and how you will develop it. Action plans should incorporate SMART goals – you should share with us a plan that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Realistic, and Time-bound. 

3. Cultural Adversity

On your study abroad program you will encounter adversity, some of which will stem from cultural differences. Read the 7 dimensions of culture. Select two dimensions and answer all of the following questions (no more than 500 words):

1. Recognizing that each dimension is a spectrum rather than an either/or selection, where do you think you personally fall on the spectrum for the two dimensions you’ve selected? Give examples.
2. Again, recognizing that each dimension is a spectrum and that people vary both on an individual and a cultural level, where do you think your host culture will fall on the spectrum for the two dimensions you’ve selected? Give examples, being sure to cite your sources.
3. How do you think you will be challenged both personally and academically by these differences?
4. How can you prepare yourself for these challenges?