Applicants must be high school graduates who plan to attend Elon. Students who apply for the Elon Gap Experience must meet the university's standards for freshman admission.
Students can apply to the Elon Gap Experience 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 Experience 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-learning projects. Elon staff will be in residence in Spain.
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 throughout Spain. There are varying levels of Spanish classes that can be taken, from beginner to advanced. 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.
In light of concerns about health and safety regarding the Zika Virus in Latin America, the Elon Gap Experience is redirecting the study abroad portion of the program this fall from San Jose, Costa Rica to Alicante, Spain. All of the key components of the study abroad experience will remain the same: homestays, academic coursework, service-learning, excursions, and opportunities for cultural exchange.
The group will engage in service-learning between Wyoming and North Carolina. The projects may be the same as the previous year’s Gap students, or they may be different. The service will vary from site to site, depending on the organization we partner with on that day. Some examples 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 Spain. 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 Spain.
In Spain, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the program schedule and content, contact Elizabeth Coder, Assistant Director of New Student & Transition Programs and Coordinator of Gap Programs.