Study Abroad

Short-Term Program Application
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are extensive FAQs about Elon Global Engagement. If you cannot find the answer to your question, or if you have more specific questions, please contact the staff at Elon's Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC). They will be glad to assist you.



I'm having trouble submitting my application and am worried I will miss the deadline. What should I do?

If you have technological trouble submitting your application tonight, please write the details of your situation in an email to Your case will be reviewed on Friday, September 1, 2017.

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How do I know when my application is complete? Is there a “submit” button?

YES, click the “submit” button to finalize your application. You must click the “submit” button to complete your application. 

If you cannot click the “submit” button, you haven’t yet completed all requirements for your application – look to see which requirements are still unchecked.  All boxes must be checked before you can submit your application.

You will receive a confirmation email, but if you’re nervous that you’ve overlooked something, call the GEC at 336.278.6700 to verify.

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Can I apply to more than one program?

No, you can apply to only one program per term. You’ll have the ability to change programs if you do not get into your top choice or if you change your mind.  Please see the cancellation deadlines for more information.

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What does the program cost include?

All short-term global programs include round-trip airfare from a hub city in the U.S., international health insurance (for Study Abroad programs), accommodations, activities/program activities, and some meals. Spending money (souvenirs, laundry, etc.) varies between programs and is not included in the program fee.

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Are there really no application essays?

If you do not see an additional writing prompt as part of your application, there is no written component. For the majority of programs, there is no longer a written essay component. Certain programs require additional questionnaires, such as a practicum application or research proposal. 

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I made a mistake. How can I edit a questionnaire I have already submitted?

Email your request to so the GEC can reset this questionnaire.

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Part of my essay submission was not included in the questionnaire. What should I do?

This is a known issue for the Safari browser. Contact the GEC at 336.278.6700 to reset your questionnaire, and attempt to submit your essay(s) in Firefox or Chrome.

If it is after hours, email your situation and your essays to, and GEC staff will adjust your essay(s) the following business day. So long as your email is sent by the deadline, your application will be considered submitted on time.

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I started an application, withdrew it, and now want to apply again for the program but can’t. How can I start my application again?

Email your request to so the GEC can reactivate your application.

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If I know I do not want to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship, can I skip this questionnaire?

Please select “No” to the first question in order to decline this scholarship application. Your application will remain incomplete if you do not select “Yes” or “No.”

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What if one of my questionnaires says “N/A” next to it? Does this affect my application?

“N/A” means this questionnaire no longer applies to your application. Your application is complete when all process elements are either checked or are listed "N/A."

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What does “Priority Period” mean? How is it different than the “Rolling Period”?

All applications received during the Priority Period (March 6 – March 16, 2017) will be reviewed by March 28, 2017. The GEC reviews applications with the goal of 100 percent access to global engagement. As such, we look primarily at previous Winter Term Study Abroad or Study USA (global engagement) program experience and class standing for acceptance into a program.

You have the best chance of getting into your top choice by applying during the Priority Period.

During the Rolling Period (Study Abroad: March 30 – August 31, 2017; Study USA: March 30 – September 14, 2017), applications are reviewed and processed as received on a space-available basis.

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When is the priority deadline? 

Applications for the Priority Period close after 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017. This means your application will be locked starting 12 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017.

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When is the rolling deadline? 

For Study Abroad programs, applications for the Rolling Period close after 11:59 p.m., Thursday, August 31, 2017. This means your application will be locked starting 12 a.m., Friday, September 1, 2017.

For Study USA programs, applications for the Rolling Period close after 11:59 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2017. This means your application will be locked starting 12 a.m., Friday, September 15, 2017.

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What happens if I miss a deadline?

If you miss the priority deadline, you will have access to complete your application beginning in the Rolling Period, which opens on March 30, 2017.

Because short-term programs operate on a very tight timeline, we are unable to consider application requests after the rolling deadline.

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When will I find out the status of my application?

If you apply during the Priority Period, you’ll be notified on March 28, 2017 as to whether your application has been accepted, wait listed, or withdrawn. If you apply during the Rolling Period, you will be notified within one week of completing your application.

If you meet all of the prerequisites and are eligible for the program but are not accepted, you will be added to the program wait list. 

If you do not meet the minimum GPA or other prerequisites listed for the program (class standing, course prerequisite, etc.) or are ineligible due to a student conduct violation, your application will be withdrawn.

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If I’m waitlisted, or if I change my mind, can I switch into a different program?

All accepted and wait listed students that apply during the Priority Period will have two days after notification (until March 30, 2017) to submit the Change Form to switch into an available program. 

During the Rolling Period, which begins March 30, 2017, all applications—whether received by Change Form or newly completed application—will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accepted and waitlisted students can change into an open program by the University Drop/Add deadline, which is 4 PM, Wednesday, September 6.

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