Study Abroad

Orientation Schedule for Spring Study Abroad Programs

A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations, both on-line and in person, during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, will be the student's full responsibility.


Study Abroad Orientation

This is a four-part program.

Part 1: Attend your general study abroad orientation(s).Part 2: Attend your program-specific orientation.Part 3: Attend at least one preparatory forum.Part 4: Review the online orientation modules.

Part 1: Attend your general study abroad orientation(s).

All Affiliate and Exchange Program Participants

Attend ONE of the following REQUIRED orientation sessions:

Thursday, September 21, 20173:30-5:30 PMGlobal Commons 103
Friday, September 29, 20173:00-5:00 PMGlobal B, Room 114
Monday, October 2, 20173:30-5:30 PMGlobal Commons 103
Friday, October 13, 20173:00-5:00 PMGlobal Commons 103

All Elon Center Program Participants

Attend the following REQUIRED General orientation sessions:

Tuesday, September 26, 20174:15-5:15 PMLindner 208
Thursday, November 30, 20174:15-5:15 PMGlobal Commons 103

 

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Part 2: Attend your program-specific orientation.

Select one of the following programs to learn more information:

Elon Centers Abroad

 

All Other Programs

Elon Center Programs

ProgramDay, Date, Time and Location
ITALY, Florence: Elon Center Abroad

Logistics
Friday, Setember 22, 2017
3:00-5:00 PM
Global Commons 103

Group Dinner
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:30-7:00 PM
Global D 110

Student Panel
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 206

Visa Process
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:15-5:15 PM

Location: TBD

UNITED KINGDOM, London: Elon Center Abroad

Logistics
Thursday, September 21, 2017
4:15-5:15 PM 
Global Commons 103

Visa Process
Thursday, October 19, 2017
8:30 PM

Online

Student Panel
Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:15 - 5:30 PM

Lindner 202

Group Dinner
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Location: TBD

NEW ZEALAND, Dunedin: Elon School of Education Center Abroad

TBD

CHINA, Shanghai: Love School of Business Center Abroad

Logistics
To be scheduled individually
Location: TBD

Group Dinner & Student Panel
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5:30-7:00 PM
Location TBD

Visa Orientation
Monday, January 8, 2018
8:30-9:30 PM
Online

All Other Programs

ProgramDay, Date, Time and Location
ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires: Liberal Arts (CIEE)

Tuesday, October 10
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

ARGENTINA, Córdoba: All programs (CC-CS)

Tuesday, October 10
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

AUSTRALIA, Perth: Curtin University TBD, to be set by program manager
AUSTRALIA, Sunshine Coast:University of Sunshine Coast

Thursday, October 26, 4:15-5:30 PM, GBLX 204

CHILE, Santiago (CIEE)

Tuesday, October 10
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

COSTA RICA, San José: ICDS

Tuesday, October 10
4:15-5:15
Lindner 202

CZECH REPUBLIC, Prague (CET) - All Programs

Tuesday, October 3
4:15-5:15 PM
GBLX 201

DENMARK, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

Wednesday, October 18, 5:30-7:00 PM, GBLX 301

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Santiago - All Programs (CIEE)

Tuesday, October 10
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

ECUADOR, Quito: USFQ (UNCW) Tuesday, October 10
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202
FRANCE, Montpellier: UNC in Montpellier

Thursday, October 12, 4:15-5:30 PM, GBLX 204

FRANCE, Paris: NC Consortium Paris

Thursday, October 12, 4:15-5:30 PM, GBLX 204

GERMANY, Berlin: Global Institute (CIEE)

Wednesday, October 25, 4:15-5:15 PM, GBLX 204

GERMANY, Heidelberg: The University of Heidelberg TBD, to be set by program manager
GHANA: Legon: Arts & Sciences (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
INDIA, Pune (Alliance) TBD, to be set by program manager

IRELAND, Dublin (FIE): 

  • Dublin Business School and School of Arts
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
Thursday, November 2, 4:15-5:30 PM, GBLD 110
ISRAEL, Jerusalem: Dance Jerusalem TBD, to be set by program manager
ISRAEL, Haifa: University of Haifa - International School TBD, to be set by program manager
ITALY: Sorrento: Sant'Anna Institute TBD, to be set by program manager
JAPAN: Kansai Gaidai University Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:30-5:00 PM, GBLX 301
JORDAN, Amman: Diplomacy & Policy Studies (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
JORDAN, Amman: Language and Culture (CIEE)

TBD, to be set by program manager

NEW ZEALAND: 

 

  • Dunedin: University of Otago (Arcadia)
  • Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington (Arcadia)

TBD, to be set by program manager

SCHOOL FOR FIELD STUDIES (SFS) - All Programs

 

  • AUSTRALIA: Tropical Rainforest Studies
  • BHUTAN: Himalayan Environment & Society in Transition
  • CAMBODIA & VIETNAM: The Living Mekong: Environmental Ethics & Conservation
  • COSTA RICA: Sustainable Development Studies
  • PANAMA: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies
  • PERU: Biodiversity & Development in the Amazon
  • TANZANIA: Wildlife Ecology & Management Studies
  • TURKS & CAICOS: Marine Resource Management Studies
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00 PM, Location TBD
SEMESTER AT SEA, Multiple Countries

Thursday, October 19, 5:30-7:00 PM, GBLX 301

SINGAPORE - Nanyang Technological University

TBD, to be set by program manager

School for International Training (SIT) - All Programs

  • MOROCCO, Rabat: Field Studies in Journalism & New Media 
  • MOROCCO, Rabat: Multiculturalism & Human Rights 
  • NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam: International Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender 
  • PERU, Cusco: Indigenous Peoples & Globalization 
  • RWANDA, Kigali: Post-Genocide Restoration & Peacebuilding 
  • SERBIA, BOSNIA, & KOSOVO: Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans
  • VIETNAM, Ho Chi Minh City: Culture, Social Change, & Development
TBD, to be set by program manager
SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town: Arts & Sciences (CIEE)

TBD, to be set by program manager

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town: Service - Learning  (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
SPAIN, Alicante: All Programs  (CIEE)

Thursday, September 28
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

SPAIN, Barcelona: All Programs (CIEE)

Logistics
Thursday, September 28
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

Returrned Student Panel
Thursday, October 19
4:15-5:15 PM
Global Commons 202

SPAIN, Seville: All Programs (CIEE)

Logistics
Thursday, September 28
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

Returrned Student Panel
Thursday, October 19
4:15-5:15 PM
Global Commons 200

SPAIN, Toledo: Fundación José Ortega (Arcadia)

Thursday, September 28
4:15-5:15 PM
Lindner 202

SWEDEN, Stockholm: Study Abroad in Scandinavia (DIS)

Wednesday, October 18, 5:30-7:00 PM, GBLX 301

UNITED KINGDOM, Bath: ASE Bath TBD, to be set by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM, Brighton: University of Sussex TBD, to be set by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM, Oxford: St. Clare's, Oxford

Site-Specific Orientation:
Thursday, October 19, 4:15-5:30 PM, GBLX 204

Visa Orientation:
Thursday, November 9, 4:15-5:30 PM, Oaks 205

UNITED KINGDOM: Theatre Academy London TBD, to be set by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland: University of Glasgow (Arcadia) TBD, to be set by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM: Scotland: University of St. Andrews TBD, to be set by program manager
Note: Dates and locations are subject to change. Updated 9/21/2017

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Part 3: Attend one preparatory forum.

Title

Date & Location

Description

Citizen Diplomacy

Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:15-5:15 PM Global D classroom, Rm 110

Citizen diplomacy is an idea where students, scholars, artists, and professionals can engage with others while abroad to promote mutual understanding and help advance U.S. foreign relations one conversation at a time. Learn some new skills to help you be an effective cultural ambassador during your time overseas.

Travel Like an Anthropologist - Travel Like You Mean It

 

Monday, October 23, 2017
3:00-4:00 PM
Global Commons 103

In this presentation, Anthropology faculty share their insights on traveling abroad from the perspective of their discipline. They bring to the forefront how an anthropological perspective can enrich study abroad by focusing on understanding the culture concept, introducing some key elements of participant-observation that are useful in the cross-cultural context, considering ethical issues that frequently arise, and offering some insider tips on achieving successful on cross-cultural encounters.

Global OUTreach:  LGBTQIA Topics While Studying Away/Abroad

TBD

Have questions about identifying as LGBTQIA while studying away/abroad? Concerned about housing options, safety concerns, global political climate, and navigating an unknown environment? Join us for this Global OUTreach session hosted jointly by the Gender & LGBTQIA Center and Global Education Center. We’ll cover these topics & want to hear any questions you have. We’ll also have 2 juniors/seniors who can share their experiences about being LGBTQIA and what they considered while studying away/abroad.

The Skin I’m In: Perspectives on Race & Ethnicity Abroad 
 

Thursday, October 26, 2017 6:00-7:00 PM, Location TBD

Join us for a dialogue where we explore the impact of race, ethnicity and identity while abroad. What does it mean to be a student of color who studies abroad? How might race & ethnicity intersect with other identities in a different cultural context? Study abroad returnees and faculty/staff of color will share their insights on traveling overseas and discuss resources available to students.
How to be the “perfect” stranger

TBD

You are going abroad, taking your whole self into a new context.  What can you expect to find religiously—for your own practice or perspective?  What if your host family is religious or not, or spiritually different from you?  How will you navigate and think about the new cultures, new manifestations of spirituality that you run into, observe, or engage? What if you’ve never thought about study abroad as an experience of differing religions and cultures?

This forum explores the role of religion where you’re going.  We will first provide some general observations about encountering religion in various parts of the world with an open heart and mind, apart from US/Elon, and a familiar framework. We will explore keeping your spiritual sanity while being curious and careful.  In the second part of the meeting, we will break out into regional groups (Europe, Middle East, Asia) to think together about ways to appropriately and helpfully encounter religious and cultural differences and to be the “perfect” stranger.

Think Forward: Applying Study Abroad to Your Professional Development

TBD

Make sure your time abroad is full of "I'm so glad I did's" instead of "I wish I had known's".  Join the SPDC to learn how you can use your time abroad to develop global, professional skills that will help you land that killer internship, job, or spot in a graduate program.
Strategies for self-care while abroad
 

TBD

Studying abroad comes with a lot of change and transition… it takes guts! Practicing self-care is an important skill in everyday life and extremely important while abroad. We cannot be our best selves without taking care of ourselves. Come learn about your own personal self-care style and learn some tips/tricks to making sure you take care of yourself during this awesome adventure.
Sustainable Travel

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 4:15-5:15 PM, Belk Pavillion 208

Reduce your carbon footprint when you learn about what you can do before, during, and after your trip to contribute to sustainability wherever you go. You will have the opportunity to calculate carbon emissions for your trip and actions you can take to lower your carbon impact in other ways.
Strategies for Success: Returned Student Panel

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 5:30-6:30 PM, GBLX 301

Engage returned students about their experiences and receive tips for making your program the best it can be.
Planning for Post-Grad: International Scholarships and Fellowships

TBD

Learn strategies for maximizing your time abroad to prepare competitive applications for international fellowships. This session will be directed towards students interested in applying for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to conduct research, complete graduate coursework, or teach English abroad. Learn more about the Fulbright application process

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Part 4: Review the online orientation modules.

Required for All Semester Students:

Students must complete ALL online orientation modules and assessments through their MyElonGlobal application homepage.

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