Study Abroad

Course Planning and Pre-Registration for Term Abroad

Whether you are participating in a Summer Term, Winter Term, or Semester program, it is important that you work with your Academic Advisor to ensure that the courses that you take abroad fit into your four-year plan at Elon University.

Click on the links below to view steps for course planning and pre-registration:

Semester Programs

Summer Programs

Winter Term Programs

Independent Elon Programs Abroad (IEPA) and Non-Elon Programs


Semester Programs

Affiliate and Exchange Programs

  1. See the Course Equivalents Charts (Elon login required) to get an idea of how courses will count at Elon.  Please note this list is subject to change and does not include every program and every course.  Furthemore, it is not guaranteed that a given course will be offered during your term abroad.  Ultimately, the decision of how courses will count are at the discretion of the associate registrar.
  2. Fill out the Course Request Form indicating the courses you intend to take abroad.  Make sure to include a few extra courses in case course availability changes while you are in country. More information about course planning can be found on our "Course Planning" webpage, including a sample form.  
  3. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your selections.  Your academic advisor must sign your course request form.
  4. Meet with the associate registrar for course approval.  The associate registrar must sign your course request form.  To schedule an appointment with the associate registrar, please call the Global Education Center (GEC) at 336-278-6700 or stop by Global Commons 360.

Registration for Your Term Abroad

You do not need to register for courses at Elon for your term abroad.  The GEC will register you for placeholder credit at the time of pre-registration for your term abroad.  

This placeholder course will not reflect the actual courses you are taking abroad; specific courses will be posted to your Elon record upon receipt of your transcript from your study abroad program.

Once the GEC has received your course request form from the associate registrar, we will upload a copy to the attached documents section of your application in Elon Abroad and check off this material as received.


Elon Center in San José, Costa Rica

  1. See the Course Equivalents Charts (Elon login required) to get an idea of how courses will count at Elon.  Please note this list is subject to change and does not include every program and every course.  Furthemore, it is not guaranteed that a given course will be offered during your term abroad.  Ultimately, the decision of how courses will count are at the discretion of the associate registrar.
  2. Fill out the Course Request Form indicating the courses you intend to take abroad.  Make sure to include a few extra courses in case course availability changes while you are in country. More information about course planning can be found on our "Course Planning" webpage, including a sample form.  
  3. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your selections.  Your academic advisor must sign your course request form.
  4. Meet with the associate registrar for course approval.  The associate registrar must sign your course request form.  To schedule an appointment with the associate registrar, please call the Global Education Center (GEC) at 336-278-6700 or stop by Global Commons 360.

Registration for Your Term Abroad

You do not need to register for courses at Elon for your term abroad.  The GEC will register you for placeholder credit at the time of pre-registration for your term abroad.  

This placeholder course will not reflect the actual courses you are taking abroad; specific courses will be posted to your Elon record upon receipt of your transcript from your study abroad program.

Once the GEC has received your course request form from the associate registrar, we will upload a copy to the attached documents section of your application in Elon Abroad and check off this material as received.


Elon Center in London, England

  1. Learn about FIE's semester courses. and review FIE course syllabi.
  2. See the list of London Course Equivalancies to get an idea of how courses will count at Elon. Please note this list is subject to change.  Ultimately, the decision of how courses will count are at the discretion of the associate registrar.
  3. Fill out the London Course Request Form indicating the courses you intend to take in London.  Save the form to your computer before completing it--your answers will not be saved if you attempt to complete the form online.  Complete the whole form, including extra courses, in case course availability changes while you are in country.  
  4. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your selections.  Your academic advisor must sign your course request form.
  5. Meet with the associate registrar for course approval.  The associate registrar must sign your course request form.  To schedule an appointment with the associate registrar, please call 336-278-6700 or stop by Global Commons 360.

Planning Documents

When planning your classes, you may find it helpful to update your four-year plan for Elon. The Study Abroad Course Guide and Plan includes a blank four-year plan and a set of general planning questions for selection of study abroad classes. These documents are for your planning purposes, and you are not required to submit them to the GEC.  

Once the GEC has received your course request form from the associate registrar, we will upload a copy to the attached documents section of your application in Elon Abroad and check off this material as received.


Elon Center in Florence, Italy

  1. View the brochure page to locate course numbers and descriptions for the Elon Center in Florence, Italy.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss which courses to take in Florence, as well as to make sure that you will be able to graduate on time. Your advisor should also help you determine what courses you should take back at Elon after returning from your semester abroad.
  3. Fill out and electronically submit the registration questionnaire after being accepted to the program.
  4. A GEC staff member will register you for your classes abroad. You will NOT need to register through OnTrack.

Summer Programs

  1. See the Course Equivalents Charts (Elon login required) to get an idea of how courses will count at Elon.  Please note this list is subject to change and does not include every program and every course.  Furthemore, it is not guaranteed that a given course will be offered during your term abroad.  Ultimately, the decision of how courses will count are at the discretion of the associate registrar.
  2. Fill out the Course Request Form indicating the courses you intend to take abroad.  Make sure to include a few extra courses in case course availability changes while you are in country. More information about course planning can be found on our "Course Planning" webpage, including a sample form.  
  3. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your selections.  Your academic advisor must sign your course request form.
  4. Meet with the associate registrar for course approval.  The associate registrar must sign your course request form.  To schedule an appointment with the associate registrar, please call the Global Education Center (GEC) at 336-278-6700 or stop by Global Commons 360.

Registration for Your Term Abroad

You do not need to register for courses at Elon for your term abroad.  The GEC will register you for placeholder credit at the time of pre-registration for your term abroad.  

This placeholder course will not reflect the actual courses you are taking abroad; specific courses will be posted to your Elon record upon receipt of your transcript from your study abroad program.

Once the GEC has received your course request form from the associate registrar, we will upload a copy to the attached documents section of your application in Elon Abroad and check off this material as received.


Winter Term Programs

It is the students' responsibility to register for Winter Term programs.  If you are participating in a Winter Term program, the GEC will register all accepted students for the 1-credit Fall pre-departure STA course.  You will not need to register through OnTrack.  Do not drop the STA course.

Whether you are participating in a Summer Term, Winter Term, or Semester study-abroad program, it is important that you work with your academic advisor to make sure that the courses you take abroad fit into your four-year plan. 

For more information on Winter Term policies, please see the Study Abroad Policies page.


Independent Elon Programs Abroad (IEPA) and Non-Elon Programs

Visit the Non-Elon Programs page and IEPA page for information about course planning and pre-registration.