The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC) strives to foster the development of an interculturally-competent and globally-aware campus community.
A hallmark of the university’s strategic plan, The Elon Commitment, is a goal to provide 100 percent access to global engagement. The GEC is committed to this goal by helping you pursue your own global engagement and address any barriers, and by supporting you throughout the process, from when you first start exploring options to when you return home.
Global engagement comprises study abroad, Study USA, and other learning opportunities around the world. There’s no one right way to participate in global engagement at Elon: You can study away for one week, three weeks, a summer, a semester, a year, or even two years. Explore opportunities below:
If you study abroad, your worldview will change forever. Elon’s 100+ programs prepare you for a lifetime of global understanding and exploration. On study abroad programs, you can take a variety of courses toward your graduation requirements and enrich your experience with research, service, and internship opportunities.
In the twenty-first century, you don’t need a passport to have a global experience. Study USA offers professional development opportunities integrated with immersive, global academic experiences. This expanding list of opportunities allows you to explore diversity of cultures, worldviews, and geography and climate in the United States, while satisfying Elon academic requirements.
To get the most out of your experience, consider augmenting your study abroad or Study USA with other experiential learning opportunities, such as an internship, leadership, service learning, or undergraduate research.
Combine your study with real-world professional experience by choosing a program that offers an internship. These include both Study USA internships, where you can be in the action in top cities for growing industries, and study abroad internships, where you will practice both professional and intercultural skills. Programs vary in whether an internship is required or optional, or earns academic credit or not — the full list is linked below:
Enrich your experience with leadership opportunities — before, during, and after your global engagement. The Center for Leadership offers support for leadership in study away, such as through the LEAD program study abroad grant, and infrastructure for reflection, such as through the annual Intersect: Diversity and Leadership Conference. Many study away programs offer courses in leadership studies:
Critically examine the impact and ethics of service in a global context by combining global engagement and service learning. The Kernodle Center for Civic Life serves as the hub for this area, including some international Alternative Break programs. In addition, many study abroad programs offer opportunities to engage in service — some are dedicated service-learning programs, where others offer optional volunteer opportunities:
Integrate global engagement with research to deepen your inquiry and understanding of global challenges. The Center for Research on Global Engagement can help you combine these two areas and offers funding, among other resources. You could choose to pursue Elon undergraduate research credit while on study abroad or Study USA, such as 499 credit, or you could choose one of the many programs that embeds research into their curriculum or offers supplementary opportunities to engage in research:
Calling the Elon Campus Safety & Police is the most effective way to respond to emergencies abroad, outside of the Elon Global Education Center’s regular business hours. Students experiencing a psychological crisis should also contact Campus Safety and Police at (336) 278-5555 and ask to speak to the after-hours counselor on call.