Elon Gap Semester

Schedule and Destination Information - 2015

*NOTE: The dates listed below are tentative for the 2015 Gap Semester Program.  The final dates for 2015 may vary slightly.

April 24-25 Rising Phoenix Weekend. (Gap Semester students will follow a special track during the weekend.)
August 12- September 7 Explore the wilderness and build on your leadership skills backpacking and camping with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Wyoming.
September 8- October 13 Wind your way across the country and learn about Elon's culture of community engagement as you spend week-long intervals assisting those in need.
October 13- October 19 Fall Break. There is no option to remain with Elon staff. Students are responsible for travel to/from home. Fall Break is the only break Gap Program students have during the semester and the only formal opportunity to see family and/or friends until the program's conclusion in early December.
October 20- December 1 Live with a local family while studying in San Jose, Costa Rica.
December 2 Students return home for winter break
January 3 Gap Move-in day. The first day students can begin moving in to their assigned housing. Welcome to cmapus banquet with Elon Senior Staff, program staff, and faculty. Students begin Winter Term course and Elon 101. Classes start January 6.
January 25 Winter Term ends.


Students will be expected to provide their own travel for the following:

  • August 12: Transportation to Denver International Airport by noon
  • October 13: Transportation from Washington DC. All students should be en route by 9am. Transportation will be provided to Reagan National (DCA), to the bus/train terminal at Union Station, to nearest Metro station, and to Elon.
  • October 19: Transportation to a designated hotel/airport. Information will be provided before experience begins.
  • December 2: Transportation from the same designated hotel/airport. Information will be provided before experience begins. Travel may begin at any time.

You are welcome to drive to/from the designated airport/meeting location if you prefer or are in close proximity. The information listed above is tentative and subject to change. Confirmed details will be provided to program participants following acceptance. All other travel is included in the program costs. 


  • NOLS: Outdoor/camping
  • Service: University-approved and supervised locations. Accommodations will likely be fairly rudimentary
  • Costa Rica: Home stays with Costa Rican families in Elon-approved homes
  • University housing on campus is guaranteed and required when students enroll for Winter Term. Assignments will be based on available spaces.

Questions? Please contact New Student & Transition Programs (nstp@elon.edu) to learn more.