Study Abroad

Short-Term Programs

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018 Travel-Embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA


Elon offers more than 35 innovative short-term programs during Winter Term, fall (Thanksgiving Break), spring (Spring Break), and summer. Courses range in cost and typically include round-trip airfare, all lodging and transportation, and entrance fees for museums, cultural sites, and events related to the course. On many of these courses you will travel to different cities in one country or to multiple countries. These courses are intensive experiences, and you will be with a group of 16-32 Elon students and one to two Elon program leaders.

  • Winter Term: These intensive three- to four-week, four-semester-hour courses typically include a mandatory one-semester-hour predeparture course the preceding fall term.  Students earn a total of five semester hours.
  • Semester Travel-Embedded (fall & spring): These programs are semester-long courses taught on campus that include a travel component either over Thanksgiving Break or Spring Break.
  • Summer: These programs range in length from three to six weeks and typically earn between four and six semester hours of credit.


See the STATUS CHART below to see which programs are open, wait listed, or closed.


See the COST, CREDIT, AND PREREQUISITES CHART to compare all available programs.


Research specific programs by viewing PROGRAM BROCHURE PAGES. Each brochure page lists course description, tentative itinerary, and further contact information.

4.  APPLY.    

Priority period begins Monday, March 6, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

***New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis starting March 30.***

Once you've selected your top choice, start your application by clicking "APPLY NOW" from the program brochure page. Submit all of the application elements, including the $400 application deposit. For questions regarding the application deposit, visit the Application Deposit FAQ page. 

For additional questions regarding the application, visit the Short-Term Program Application FAQ page.

You can apply to only ONE program.



  • 10 a.m., March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 

  • 11:59 PM on March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline. All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 

  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins. The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.

  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins. Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 

  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins. New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.

  • Aug. 31, 2017: Final application deadline for Study Abroad programs. **Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**

  • Sept. 14, 2017: Final application deadline for Study USA programs. **Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.** 

6.  ASK.

Still have questions? Consult the following resources:

Stop by the GEC for QUICK QUESTIONS, every Wednesday 2 - 4 p.m. and Thursday 9 - 11 a.m. in Global Commons 360. No appointment necessary.

Contact a GLOBAL AMBASSADOR to learn more from Study Abroad and Study USA alumni.

Read the STUDY ABROAD BLOGS to learn more about past participants' experiences.

Programs Status Chart

The information below is subject to change at any time as the Global Education Center receives new applications, cancellations, or change forms.

For the most up-to-date information, contact the Global Education Center (GEC) in Global Commons 360 or by phone at 336.278.6700.

To CHANGE into an open program:

To CANCEL your participation in a program:

  • Accepted students: Complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your program application.
  • Wait list students: Email your intent to withdraw to Note: this is withdrawing your participating entirely--this is NOT part of the process for changing into an available program.

Below is the current status of Short-Term Study Abroad and Study USA programs. 

Iceland: The Crucible of Fire & Ice GBL 281  x    
Peru: Wilderness & Adventure Therapy HSS 331    x  
Australia: Ecotourism GBL 253     x
Australia: The Stolen Generation GBL 256   x  
Austria, Germany, & Hungary: Lives of the Great Composers COR 446   x  
Barbados: Culture, Politics, & Society GBL 245   x  
Business in the Pacific Rim ACC/BUS/FIN 277     x
China: The Flying Dragon GBL 280 x    
Disney: Happiest Place? The Science of Happiness GBL 202 x    
Dominican Republic: Baseball & Tourism GBL 298   x  
France: Eat, Pray, Love: Sacred Space & the Place of Religion GBL 267   x  
Ghana: Performing Arts in Cultural Context   GBL 290 x    
Ghana: West African History and Culture GBL 247 x    
Great Structures of Europe: Technology & History  GBL 296   x  
Greece: Classics in Context GBL 246   x  
Guatemala: Human Service Studies Practicum HSS 382   x  
Hawai'i: Nation or State?  GBL 206   x  
Holocaust Journey GBL 240   x  
India: Public Health Practicum PHS 381   x  
India: Science, Education, & Development GBL 236 x    
Ireland: Introduction to its Literature, Culture, & History GBL 259     x
Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa GBL 297   x  
Miami: Ecology, Conservation, & Sustainability GBL 203 x    
New York City: Wealth & Poverty COR 416 x    
New Zealand: Critically Engaged Ecotourism GBL 266     x
South Africa: The Call of South Africa GBL 230     x
Spain, Greece & Morocco - EUROMED: East Meets West GBL 233     x
Spain & Morocco: Historical & Contemporary Encounters GBL 244   x  
The Sundance Film Festival Experience COM 366 x    
Urban Ecology: Three Cities, Three Stories ENS 321 x    
Vietnam: Business & Culture  GBL 248     x
Washington, D.C.: Engaging D.C. POL 392 x    
World War II in Europe: Life in a Time of War GBL 251   x  

UPDATED 6/13/2017