International Student FAQs

Orientation and Arrival Day


Is there a separate orientation for International Students?
What are the dates of the programs?
Who can attend Orientation?
Do you have shuttle services to and from the airport?

Academics & Course Registration


When can I register for classes?
How do credits work?
How does the grading system work?

Student Life


Can I send my belongings to Elon? Is there storage for trunks?
How do I find out my campus box number?
What does Elon offer specifically to international students?
How hard is it for international students to get involved on campus?
Can I work & study?
What can I bring to the Elon community?
What is a Phoenix card?
What do I do if I get sick or have an emergency?
What if I do not know to whom to address the questions or concerns I have?
How do I get information about international events?
How do I get around Elon?
Can I drive with an international license?
What is the weather like?
What type of clothing should I bring?


Is there a separate Orientation for International Students?

You will first attend New International Student Orientation from August 19th-21st, 2014. This orientation will go over visa issues, cultural and academic adjustments which are very important. Orientation will familiarize you with academic and social life at Elon University and in the United States. You will also be required to attend the first year New Student Orientation starting Friday, August 22nd, 2014 starting in the evening. It is very important you attend both orientations.

What are the dates of the program?

International students begin arriving Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center facilitates an International Orientation August 20th & 21st, 2014. They will help with your transition in the first few days before the rest of the new students arrive on August 22nd, 2014. You will then participate in New Student Orientation from August 22nd - August 25th, 2014. Classes begin August 26th, 2014.
 

Do you have a shuttle service to and from the airport?

When preparing to buy your airline ticket, remember to select one of the two airports located near Elon University: Raleigh-Durham International (RDU) and Greensboro (GSO).

We are happy to pick you up from the airport upon your arrival, but you MUST send us your COMPLETE TRAVEL information to the Global Education Center four weeks before your arrival to allow us enough time to coordinate the logistics.

Remember this service is only offered during Orientation arrival. Transportation is available to nearby airports for breaks and holidays. The service costs $35 to GSO and $45 to RDU whether the student needs a one-way or round-trip ticket. Tickets are non-refundable. Students must sign up at least fourteen days before the first departure of each break to be guaranteed a seat. After this reservation period, seats will be on a first-come, first-serve basis until the designated spots are filled. To reserve your seat, you must pay the non-refundable fee at the Bursar's Office, and bring the receipt with ALL airline flight information to the Moseley Center Information Desk.

When can I register for classes?

There are two ways to register for classes. You can register online June 1.  If you miss that date, you can also register at Orientation. ALL Exchange students should contact Mr. Paul Geis for questions related to registration pgeis@elon.edu

How do credits work?

Most courses offered at Elon University, carry 4 semester hour.  Normally, students will take four of these courses at a time, giving them a total of 16 semester hour per semester.  F-1 and J-1 visa holders are required to maintain their legal status by taking at least 12 semester hour each term for undergraduates and 9 semester hour for Graduates.

How does the grading system work?

In the United States and at Elon University, alphabet letters (A, B, C, D, and F) are used to grade student’s papers.  At Elon University, you will be expected to produce a quality as well as quantity work to graduate.  If you perform well, you will earn quality points and semester hours that will put you above grade D, which is a failing grade.  Find the letter grades and their conversion in quality points for each hour of credit below:
Grade Quality Points
A ………………………………………………………………..4.0
A- …………………………………………………………….....3.7
B+……………………………………………………………….3.3
B ………………………………………………………………..3.0
B- ...……………………………………………………………..2.7
C +……………………………………………………………....2.3
C ………………………………………………………………..2.0
C- …………………………………………………………….....1.7
D+……………………………………………………………….1.3
D ………………………………………………………………..1.0
D- ……………………………………………………………….0.7
F…………………………………………………………………0.0
I Incomplete…………………………………………………....0.0
P Passing (not counted in cumulative average)…………..0.0
S Satisfactory (not counted in cumulative average)……...0.0
U Unsatisfactory (not counted in cumulative average) ….0.0
WD Medical Withdrawal ……………………………………..0.0
Withdrawal …………………………………………….……....0.0
Report …………………………………………………............0.0
Each international student should familiarize her/himself with this new system of grading and realize that each grade is final unless there is an error. Each student must maintain a GPA of at last 2.0 (C average).
Consult the university catalog for more details.

How do I find out my campus box number?

You can find this information on OnTrack. After you login, click on 'My Profile' and then 'Information.'

Can I send my belongings to Elon? Is there storage for trunks?

You can have your belongings sent before you arrive on campus just send them to your campus box at Moseley Center. If you don’t know your campus box, you can find it by logging into OnTrack.  You can pick them up once you get here.  Elon does not provide storage for trunks.  Please do not mail valuable items, such as electronics, family heirlooms, ect.
 

Example: John Smith “NEW STUDENT"
XXXX Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244

What does Elon offer specifically to international students?

We have the International Pavilion, the Intercultural Relations Club, International week Festivals, a host family program, special advising and counseling services on immigration, tax and personal matters, special trips and excursions, as well as other services.

How hard is it for international students to get involved on campus?

With over 200 different clubs and organizations offered at Elon, it is very easy for all students to get involved.  Students may choose to be involved with leadership, service, student union board, SGA, Greek life, intramural sports, performing groups and much more!  All international students are advised to go to the Organization Fair on Friday, September 5th, 2014 located on Young Commons outside the Moseley Center.  All clubs and organizations will be present at this fair to offer information for interested students.  For more information on how to get involved at Elon, visit the Office of Student Activities Web site.

Can I work and study?

Generally speaking, you can work on campus for twenty hours or less per week when school is in session. Off campus employment is illegal for international students on an F-1 or J-1 without legal authorization. There are different rules for different visas. If you would like to work on campus, please check with the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center before accepting a job offer. You need to notify the advisor and obtain a Social Security card.

What can I bring to the Elon community?

Bring your enthusiasm!  Get involved in the IRC and/or the International Week Festival.  Be ready to share your culture with other students and your professors.  Your national/traditional clothes will come in handy for the international programs and events on campus.

What is a Phoenix card?

In order to eat in the campus dining halls, borrow books or audiovisuals from the library and use other University facilities, you will need a Phoenix card. This is a student identification card with your name and a number that is used like a debit card. You will have this card made upon your arrival or during the International Student Orientation.

What if I get sick or have an emergency?

In an emergency always call 911. For non emergency situations you can call Campus Security, extension 5555.  If you need to be seen by a doctor, visit or call the Ellington Center for Health & Wellness on campus at extension 7230.

What if I do not know to whom to address the questions or concerns I have?

Consult Francois Masuka, the Director of International Student and Faculty Scholar Services.  He will direct you to the right person that can answer your questions.

How do I get information about international events?

Check both your email account, E-Net, Elon Global Village blackboard and the Schedule of Events for each semester.  Attend the IRC meetings, or create an event of your own.  If you decide to create your own program, the Isabella Canon Global Education Center will assist you to organize it.

How do I get around Elon?

A cheap way is bumming a ride (ask somebody to take you).  However, if you want to be independent, you might buy a bicycle.  If you are considering buying a car, ask for help.  You should realize that if you are buying a car, you will also need to purchase car insurance and pass an examination for a driver’s license.

Can I drive with an international license?

No.  Since you are going to live here for a certain period of time while you go to school, you are required to have the North Carolina driver’s license.  Your international student advisors will have information available during orientation about the regulations for a driver’s license.

What is the weather like?

North Carolina has a mild climate.  In the summer and fall, it can be hot and humid, while in winter, the weather can be a little bit cold and windy with below freezing temperatures.  Snow is rare.  We have some occasional rain and thunderstorms.  Spring and Fall offer mild seasons.

What type of clothing should I bring?

Although the dress code on campus is very informal, it is a good idea to pack few clothes for formal occasions.  Also, consider bringing any specific clothes which might not be available in the U.S. Please consider bringing national clothes to celebrate your country and your culture on special occasions at Elon such as International Week, Multicultural Gala, International Education Week and other school events.