Application Instructions

  • To begin an application for a program, visit MyElonGlobal to search for a program brochure page for which you would like to apply, and then click “apply now” at the top or bottom of the page.
  • You do not need to complete your application in one sitting. To go back to your saved application, log into MyElonGlobal at
  • Before completing your online application, read the entire program-specific webpage for the program to which you are applying.
  • Read the application instructions and then submit all required items for a complete application by the application deadline.
    • Each item will be checked off (or marked “N/A”) as you complete it.
    • Once all items are complete, click “submit” at the top of your application.
    • If your application requires a recommendation(s), your required recommendation(s) must be REQUESTED rather than RECEIVED in order for you to click “submit.”
    • You will receive email confirmation when your application has been submitted.
  • Once you click “submit,” your application will be date and time stamped.
    • In cases of limited program availability, applications are reviewed in the order in which they are submitted.
  • If your application is insufficient (e.g. your Learning Plan responses do not adequately address the prompt), you may be asked by your program advisor to revise and resubmit your application.
    • Upon resubmission, your application will again be date and time stamped — in cases of limited program availability, this new stamp will determine the order in which your application is reviewed.
  • You may apply for only one program per term. Students can request to switch into an available program by contacting the GEC.
  • Information on applying for an Independent Program (IP) or a Non-Elon Programs can be found on the webpages for those types of programs.

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Application Essays: GEC Learning Plan

Below are the essay prompt questions for summer and semester applications. Please use this as a reference if you would like to work on your essay prior to the application being available.

The Global Education Center’s (GEC) mission is to develop and facilitate experiential opportunities for the Elon University community that promote understanding of the self, the world’s peoples and cultures, and that provide a framework for lifelong intercultural learning.

In support of that mission, GEC staff will evaluate the personal learning plan you write below.

We in the GEC are not interested in correct or incorrect answers, but rather the thought and consideration put into your application.

While we reserve the right to deny admission or approval based on inappropriate answers, the purpose of this exercise is not to screen out applicants; rather, it is to ensure you have selected a program appropriate for your goals and have thoughtfully considered how you will work toward those goals.


  1. Write well. Be concise, employ proper grammar and spelling, and consider the services of the Elon Writing Center before submitting your written work.
  2. Write thoughtfully. Consider interviewing global ambassadors, faculty members, or other advisors to inform your responses.
  3. Write honestly. If you use sources other than your own knowledge and experiences, cite your sources using the citation format with which you are most comfortable. The Elon University Academic Honor Code requirements applies.

1. Academic or Professional Goals

Carefully review the structure and characteristics of the program you have selected. Then, tell us at least three academic or professional goals you have for your program. For each goal identify the element of the program that supports that goal. For example, you might say, “I’d like to improve my language skills, and living with a host family will support that goal.” Bullet points are acceptable (no more than 250 words).

2. Action Plan

Please select Prompt A or B and respond (no more than 250 words):

A) Pick two Global Engagement Student Goals and discuss specifically your action plan for achieving them as a participant in your program. Action plans should incorporate SMART goals – you should share with us a plan that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Realistic, and Time-bound.

B) Pick two attributes discussed in the Fortune article “5 skills employers want that you won’t see in a job ad” and how you will develop it. Action plans should incorporate SMART goals – you should share with us a plan that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Realistic, and Time-bound.

3. Cultural Adversity

On your study abroad program you will encounter adversity, some of which will stem from cultural differences. Read The Seven Dimensions of Culture. Select two dimensions and answer all of the following questions (no more than 500 words):

1. Recognizing that each dimension is a spectrum rather than an either/or selection, where do you think you personally fall on the spectrum for the two dimensions you’ve selected? Give examples.

2. Again, recognizing that each dimension is a spectrum and that people vary both on an individual and a cultural level, where do you think your host culture will fall on the spectrum for the two dimensions you’ve selected? Give examples, being sure to cite your sources.

3. How do you think you will be challenged both personally and academically by these differences?

4. How can you prepare yourself for these challenges?

Application Statuses Explained


Your application has been initially approved by the Global Education Center (GEC). Elon’s official approval is granted after the completion of mandatory orientations and the completion of post-decision requirements. Your final acceptance will come from the affiliate or exchange program.


Your application has been initially accepted by the GEC. Elon’s final acceptance is granted after the completion of mandatory orientations and the completion of post-decision requirements.

Conditionally Approved or Accepted

The conditional approval or acceptance is based on missing application materials (such as an advisor recommendation) or a question about whether your application satisfies the eligibility requirements for the program (such as GPA).  Contact your GEC program manager with any questions on your conditional approval. Your application status will be updated once all conditions are suitably met.


We received more applications from qualified applicants than we have spaces available on the program. You will be notified by email if a space becomes available for this program. You may elect to remain on the waitlist, but we recommend that you also consider one of the many programs still available.

If you choose to remain on the waitlist and a space does not become available, your deposit will be automatically credited to your account by the final deadline.

In support of Elon University’s goal of 100 percent access to global engagement, we use the following criteria to prioritize applications:

Short-Term Programs:

  1. Prior short-term global engagement participation
  2. Class standing (senior, junior, sophomore, or first-year)
  3. GPA

Program-specific requirements, such as a research proposal or course prerequisites, are also considered for these programs as applicable.

Center, Affiliate, and Exchange Programs:

  1. Time of submission
  2. Eligibility per program requirements and prerequisites
  3. Quality and relevance of application materials

If you want to remain on the waitlist and remain eligible for participation in the program, you must attend the orientations for the program. Visit the orientation schedule webpage to see the orientation dates, times, and locations.

Revise and Resubmit

Your application was not approved; you will have to take further action in order to be considered. Your GEC program manager will be in touch with additional instructions.

Under Review

Your application needs further action; your GEC program manager will be in contact with you to discuss it further.