Applicants must be high school graduates who plan to attend Elon. Students who apply for the Elon Gap Semester Program must meet the university's standards for freshman admission.
Students can apply to the Elon Gap Semester Program through Early Decision (binding) or Final Deadline via the freshman application. All freshman applicants are required to write an essay. If you are applying to the Gap Semester Program you should write on the topic specific to the program.
Program costs will be the same as Elon tuition, fees, room and board for fall semester. Students will also be considered enrolled at the university and eligible for any financial aid for which they qualify. Students will automatically be considered for the Presidential Scholarship or the Elon Engagement Scholarship; however, Gap students may not be Fellows due to the academic requirements of the Fellows Programs.
Additional costs will be incurred for transportation, NOLS equipment and any personal expenditures.
Yes. Two Elon staff members will accompany students to NOLS orientation and then both will depart; NOLS staff will manage the duration of the expedition. After NOLS, The coordinator of gap programs and 1 faculty or staff member will accompany students throughout the service projects. Elon staff will be in residence in Costa Rica along with the Elon Centre faculty.
If you are motivated and in good physical and emotional health, you can excel. NOLS students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The desire to learn and participate is the most important factor for success on a NOLS course.
While it is not necessary to know Spanish, you may find it helpful as you travel to and from the Elon Centre in Costa Rica. There are varying levels of Spanish class that can be taken at the Centre, from beginner to advanced. Priority for English speaking homestay families will be given to those with little to no Spanish studies. There will be a questionnaire to complete so you can be matched with the best possible homestay family and feel the most comfortable during your stay there.
The group will be performing service projects between Wyoming and Washington DC. The projects may be the same as the previous year’s Gap students, or they may be different. The service work will vary from site to site, depending on the organization we work with on that day. Some projects could include construction and/or home repair; food harvesting, preparation, cooking and/or serving; reforestation and/or other outreach projects.
The coordinator of gap programs will also be your academic advisor in Costa Rica. Your schedule will be planned out taking into consideration any prior coursework or dual enrollment courses from high school. You will sign up for winter term and spring classes while in Costa Rica.
In Costa Rica, you will be asked to complete a housing questionnaire so you can be paired to the best possible roommate in the area you’d most prefer to live in. While not all housing options may be available, gap students will have priority over spring admitted and transfer students since Gap students arrive for winter term and will have completed a semester as an Elon student in the fall.
Gap students will have a transition to campus life through the following steps:
For questions about admission to the program, contact Kaitlyn Schultz, director of transfer and special admissions. For questions about the program schedule and content, contact Steve Morrison, coordinator of Gap Programs.