For GBL 296 Great Structures of Europe: Technology & History; GBL 233 Mediterranean: East Meets West; COR 331 Tanzania: Wilderness & Adventure Therapy:

Application deadline EXTENDED to Feb. 25.

Withdrawal deadline EXTENDED until programs are confirmed mid-March.

If the GEC cancels the program before it commences, students will be refunded the full program fee.


For MUS 471: Jazz & Opera in Italy:

Application deadline EXTENDED to Mar. 11.

Withdrawal deadline EXTENDED to Apr. 26.

If the GEC cancels the program by Apr. 26, students will be refunded the full program fee.

If the GEC cancels the program on or between Apr. 27 and the program start date, students will be refunded the full program fee less $400.

Feb. 22 message from the short-term programs team

Dear Students & Families,

You are receiving this message as you or your student are currently enrolled in an Elon May Term Global Short-Term program. We are writing with some updates about the programs with a goal of giving you as much information as possible.

To begin with, it may help you to know that we are moving forward with May Term programs. Two programs to Ghana and Dominican Republic were cancelled due to low enrollment, yet all others are currently scheduled to run.

We have over 50 students studying away this semester, and all those who have arrived on site are in good spirits and doing well. We have learned a tremendous amount this academic year about operating in a pandemic and are applying that knowledge to May Term programs.  At the same time, we are realistic about the challenges ahead. While the situation continues to improve in many areas where we operate programs, no one can predict with absolute certainty what May will look like.

We will be evaluating May Term programs in mid-March to determine which ones are viable based on a combination of COVID-19 risks and enrollments. Until hearing from the Global Education Center (GEC), we encourage students to hold off from purchasing tickets or making any other related purchases.

Typically, students would be assessed an incremental series of withdrawal fees starting on February 26. We do not feel that Elon students and their families should bear this burden until we have a better sense of whether May Term programs will run. Accordingly, we will waive withdrawal fees until after the program has been confirmed in mid-March. Until then, there will be no penalty for withdrawing.

Once the program is confirmed, we will send an updated schedule of withdrawal deadlines, so students and parents can discuss and make the decision that is right for them.

Students’ health is our primary concern as is the well-being of our partners and community members in our host program locations. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we all navigate this challenging period.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The Global Short-Term Programs Team

Jan. 26 message from the short-term programs team

Updated Deadlines for May Term

Dear Students and Families,

The Global Education Center (GEC) staff, alongside senior leadership, faculty, and our overseas partners, have decided to extend our application and cancellation deadlines for May Term 2021. Students may apply to or withdraw from a May Term program until Feb. 25 without financial risk.  

This extension provides us all more time to consider ever evolving information about COVID-19 and entry restrictions. Among other considerations, the news of new COVID-19 strains coupled with an optimistic vaccination timeline led to our evaluating all aspects of programming and risk management. We all agreed that it would be in the best interest of students and families to extend cancellation deadlines to allow for everyone to digest new information without the weight of financial commitments.

We are aware that  currently  there are restrictions and entry requirements in place for some  countries  that are prohibitive to the entry of U.S. students. We are closely monitoring these policies and aim to make  any necessary program changes or cancellations before financial penalties are incurred. The cancellation and payment timeline has been adjusted accordingly.

We have already made changes to our program line-up for May Term 2021 for a number of reasons, and always with student safety and community responsibility at the center of what we do. Program changes or cancellations are posted to the Status Chart webpage and emailed to students directly. We aim to make decisions as proactively as possible to help students avoid financial risk, but we also hope to keep opportunities open to students for as long as possible. As such, programs may still be subject to cancellation before the scheduled departure.

Cancellation Policy

Canceling your participation in a program can be done ONLY by completing a cancellation form and submitting it to the Global Education Center. Students submitting a cancellation form for Global Short-term Programs are subject to the following payment schedule:

  • February 25: Application and withdrawal deadline. Students who withdraw before or by this date are not responsible for any program costs.
  • February 26 to March 4: Students who cancel on or within these dates are responsible for 25 percent of the program cost.
    Early March: Program cost will be billed to student after application closes
  • March 5 to 11: Students who cancel on or within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the program cost.
  • March 12: Students who cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
  • April 1: Full payment deadline.


  • If the GEC cancels a program before or on Feb. 25, students are not responsible for any program fees.
  • If the GEC cancels a program after Feb. 25 and before the program start date, the GEC will refund any recoverable costs.
  • If a program is canceled after the start date, no refund will be provided, nor if the University moves to recall students from abroad after the program has begun.

You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

See full details on the deadlines page.

Additional Reminders

  • Students, please  wait to purchase flights until  you  receive confirmation of our plans to operate the program on-site.
  • May Term students are eligible for Elon Global Scholarship consideration – students apply by selecting “yes” in an application questionnaire. Students that receive a Fellows travel grant, an Elon Engagement grant, and/or an Odyssey travel grant may apply that funding toward a May Term program if they choose.

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we work to find a way to provide global short-term programs this year while also prioritizing student and community health and safety.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

-Global Education Center staff

Sept. 23 message from the short-term programs team

Dear Students,

The Global Education Center is happy to announce that we’ll be offering the following programs for May Term 2021.

  • GBL 204: Arizona US/Mexico Borderlands: Culture, Environment and Immigration
  • COR 446: Austria & Germany: Lives of the Great Composers (now going to Austria & Germany)
  • FIN/BUS 277: Business in the Pacific Rim
  • GBL 298: Dominican Republic: Baseball & Tourism
  • GBL 290: Ghana: Performing Arts in Cultural Context
  • ENG 257: England: Literary Landscapes
  • GBL 296: Great Structures of Europe: Technology & History (now going to Italy & Spain)
  • GBL 233: Mediterranean: East Meets West (now going to Southern Italy and Greece)
  • COR 331: Tanzania: Wilderness & Adventure Therapy
  • MUS X: Italy: Special Topics in Music in Florence

Over the next few weeks, GEC Program Managers, Faculty Leaders and our partners will be confirming itineraries and pricing for the programs. When details have been solidified (as solid as you can be during a global pandemic), a survey will be sent to previously accepted and wait listed students for those specific programs. The purpose of the survey is for students to let the GEC know whether they are interested in keeping their position in the program or on the wait list for May Term 2021. Surveys will be unique to each program and offer important details that will aid in the decision making. GEC Program Managers will connect with students directly throughout this process.

Overview of Application Process for the new May Term 2021

  1. Accepted/Waitlisted students for programs offered in May Term – Students under these statuses will have first priority to participate in the May Term program
  2. Accepted/Waitlisted students from other programs – Students will have a designated period of time to submit a CHANGE FORM to switch into an ope program
  3. All students – If there are available spots in May Term 2021 programs, applications will open for all students to apply

Overview of Timeline for May Term 2021

  • Sept. 22 – Oct. 6: Surveys distributed to students previously accepted/waitlisted to programs moved to May Term.
  • Oct. 20: Deadline for students to complete surveys. If surveys are not completed, student’s application status will default to “pending” so they can be completed at a later date.
  • Oct. 23: Students previously accepted/waitlisted to other programs will be able to complete a CHANGE FORM if they want to switch to an open program. Change forms will be processed according to timestamp.
  • Oct. 27: Applications for open programs are made available to all students.
  • Feb. 5: Applications for May Term programs close.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through the details of this new and unique May Term. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Global Education Center via, or by using our quick chat feature on our website (lower right corner when you go to our website).

Best wishes,

Janelle Papay Decato & The Global Short-Term Programs Team

Sept. 7 message from the short-term programs team

Dear Students,
As Jon Dooley’s weekly update mentions, the Global Education Center (GEC) is exploring the possibility of offering a selection of modified global short-term programs for a 2021 May Term. Thank you for your patience as Elon leadership evaluated the academic calendar and the viability of this special, one-time adjustment.
While we are excited for this opportunity, please note that a May Term is still tentative – we will be in touch in the coming weeks with further detail. The below is an overview so you can start to consider whether a May Term might work for you.
Term Details
Program dates are not set yet, but programs will range from 18 to 21 days in duration between May 22 and June 25. These dates are after Commencement and overlap with Summer Session I as well as additional summer global engagement programs.
Program Details
We are currently working with faculty leaders and partners to determine which programs can be offered in order to have a range of courses that satisfy a variety of requirements. We expect to have courses determined and posted by the end of September.
Due to the change in dates, the program cost posted for Winter Term 2021 will likely change. We will post prices as they are determined. If the program price is not yet determined at the time of application, students will be offered three business days in which to withdraw without financial consequence once the price is posted. There will be an updated individual budget sheet for each program that outlines details on what’s included in the program fee. There will be no additional tuition cost for this new MayTerm — only the costs listed on that budget sheet
Elon Global Scholarships will be available for May Term 2021 programs. Students can apply for an Elon Global Scholarship at the time of application.
Once programs are confirmed, we will open applications in the following order:
  1. Students previously accepted to the program (students have two weeks to confirm)
  1. Students previously wait listed to the program (students have two weeks to confirm)
  1. Students previously accepted or wait listed to any Winter Term 2021 program
  1. As space allows, open application to all students
More detail will be provided once programs are confirmed.
Seniors graduating in May 2021 are eligible to participate in these May Term 2021 programs AND can participate in Commencement ceremonies. The course will be recorded on their transcript. If seniors “graduate” in May, the course grade will not have an impact on the graduation GPA, which includes Latin Honors. However, the grade earned will affect the cumulative average that continues to calculate after graduation.
COVID-19 Statement
The GEC is closely evaluating risks associated with COVID-19 and travel, both in determining which programs are viable and how best to operate programs safely. We will provide further detail when we post which programs are available.
Thank you for your flexibility and time,
 The Global Short-Term Programs Team

July 13 message from the short-term programs team

Dear Students,

First, I want to begin by thanking you all for your patience and understanding as you worked with us to navigate logistical challenges and ethical considerations involved with implementing Global Short-Term Programs this upcoming January 2021 winter term.

Second, it is with mixed emotions that the Global Education Center announces that we are cancelling our global short-term programming for January 2021. Our office believes strongly in global education as a high impact practice. These intense, mentored experiences underscore Elon’s mission and highlight our community’s commitment to being global learners. After many discussions with program leaders and providers, we believe that the best course of action at this time is to cancel our faculty-led programming for January 2021. There are many factors that went into this decision, including but not limited to:

  • Ethical concerns involving bringing COVID-19 to host communities
  • The student experience
  • Health of faculty and students
  • Financial implications for students and families
  • Challenges with forecasting the COVID virus, travel restrictions, and changing policies of other countries as well as our own country
  • Challenges to planning and delivering a travel-based program which meets the University’s standards of physical distancing and avoidance of large groups and uncontrolled public places

We are waiting to hear from university leadership about whether or not the winter term and spring term calendars will be shifted. The GEC will contact you all as soon as possible about any updates with our global short-term programs for next academic year.

Ideally, we would have all known about the potential calendar shifts before making this announcement for a smoother transition and more clarity moving forward. In a global pandemic, that is just an unreasonable ask. We understand that you may need to make plans with your family and academic advisor(s).

Next steps:

  • Another communication will go out by the beginning of August.
  • The GEC will make changes to your OnTrack registration at the beginning of August, before the August 10 reopening of course registration.
  • At the same time, your status within our application system will also be changed.

I am truly sorry about the decision, but I know it is in the best interest of everyone. Our office is looking at creative solutions to offer students opportunities for global engagement ELR this year in addition to semester programming.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions.

Best wishes,

Janelle and the Global Short-Term Programs Team

What is a Global Short-Term Program?

Short-Term programs are Study Abroad and Study USA courses developed and led by Elon faculty and staff that typically focus on a specific subject area. One or more program leaders travel with a cohort of Elon students to learn and explore together. By design, short-term programs integrate many group activities into their curriculum and provide a structured, enriching global engagement. 

Here is a short guide to help you learn more about global short-term programs.

May Term 2021

May Term is a special, one-time term offered for 2021 following the cancelation of Winter Term 2021 programs and in an effort to facilitate faculty-led global engagement courses this academic year.

A select few programs will be offered with travel dates spanning May 22-June 25, 2021 (dates vary by program). Programs costs are being reassessed and are posted to each program brochure (linked above).

The enrollment process is unique in that it prioritizes previously accepted/waitlisted winter term 2021 students. Learn more about the application and cancelation timeline from the deadlines webpage.

Types of Programs

Winter Term

These intensive three- to four-week, four-semester-hour courses typically include a mandatory one-semester-hour pre-departure course the preceding fall term. Students earn a total of five semester hours.

Semester Travel-Embedded (fall & spring)

These programs are semester-long, four-semester-hour courses taught on campus that include a travel component either over Thanksgiving Break or Spring Break.


These programs range in length from three to six weeks and typically earn between four and six semester hours of credit.

What is Included

Courses range in cost and typically include:

  • Round-trip airfare from departure hub. Students are responsible for their domestic airfare from their home airport to the departure hub. E.g. if the program departs from JFK, and a student will travel from Atlanta, they are responsible for the ATL to JFK flight.
  • International health insurance (where applicable)
  • All lodging (typically same-sex, double or triple occupancy) and transportation
  • Entrance fees for museums, cultural sites, and events related to the course

Individual program costs can be found on the PROGRAM STATUS CHART. Detailed cost information can be found on each program’s budget sheet, available from a program’s brochure page.

Find a Program

See the PROGRAM STATUS CHART to learn more about all available programs.

Program brochure pages and the link to apply are included in the status chart.

Program offerings vary from year to year — what was offered last year or this year may not be offered the following year.

Apply for a Program

You can apply to only ONE program per term.

May Term 2021 enrollment will prioritize previously accepted and waitlisted students from January 2021 programming. Students will receive direct communication from the GEC with instructions on how to confirm their participation.

If there are openings for programs, applications will be made available to the campus community on October 27.

When you are ready to apply, click “apply now” from the program’s brochure linked from the PROGRAM STATUS CHART.

See the application instructions for more information.

Most programs do not require an essay. The following programs have additional application requirements:

  • BUS 281: Business In The Pacific Rim

Applications submitted during early action period will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  1. Previous global engagement experience
  2. Class Standing
  3. GPA

Enroll in a Program

If there is a course scheduling conflict for your course or your prerequisite preparatory seminar (where applicable), you will no longer be eligible for acceptance to the program.

May Term 2021

After you have been accepted to a program, the Global Education Center (GEC) will register you for your program’s prerequisite preparatory seminar (if applicable) as well as May Term.

Winter Term

The GEC will register you for your prerequisite course. It is your responsibility to register for your Winter Term course at the time of registration in November.

The prerequisite course and May Term courses must be designated to the same requirement on the degree audit.

Semester Travel-Embedded (fall & spring)

After you have been accepted to a program, the GEC will register you for the course.


After you have been accepted to a program, the GEC will register you for the course.

Change Programs

Complete the Change Request Form.

Consideration for acceptance to a program depends on space availability, final deadline, and eligibility requirements. Students understand that they may not be admitted to the program based on these parameters.

Applications are processed in the order submitted, whether by change form or new application. Most forms are processed in two business days.

Submitting this change form is only the first step. Students will receive an email with instructions to resubmit their application by the assigned deadline. Students will be notified again by email once their application has been reviewed within two weeks.

Students understand that in submitting this change form, they forfeit their position on the previous program or wait list, regardless of whether they are accepted into the new program.

Withdraw From a Program

Complete the Cancelation Form.

Please review the payment deadlines and cancelation policies on the Deadlines webpage before completing the form.

Students are responsible for the costs noted on the Polices webpage if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancelation.

May Term 2021: There is no deposit.

Deposit Refunds: If you have paid the deposit and are canceling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at or 336-278-5300.

Request to deviate from group travel arrangements

Most programs include a pre-arranged group flight from a major international hub. In certain circumstances, the GEC will allow a student not to fly on the pre-arranged group flight. This allowance is made ONLY on a case-by-case basis, and submitting a petition does NOT guarantee its approval. Petitions may be considered for circumstances such as:

  • Home departure location causes significant flight backtracking (e.g. flying from home airport of San Francisco to Raleigh-Durham International, only to fly through Los Angeles International Airport)
  • Traveling from an international home destination (e.g. Flying from home airport of Charles De Gaulle Airport (Paris) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, only to fly to London Heathrow Airport)
  • Traveling directly from Winter Term program to Study abroad or Study USA spring program
  • Prearranged independent travel in the area (e.g. family reunion, wedding, etc.). This is more likely to be approved for end-of-program independent travel as it’s less likely to interfere.

If you’re not sure whether your situation warrants a flight deviation, call your program manager to discuss.

You may petition for individual arrangements by completing the Student Travel Deviation Form. Submitting a travel deviation form does not guarantee approval. Forms are due by February 15, 2021.

Prepare for Your Program

Your GEC program manager and your program leaders will facilitate your preparation through class material, emails, and elements posted to your MyElonGlobal application.

The GEC requires participants to submit a personal information form, and it’s your decision on what you disclose. If you require accommodations (academic, physical, etc.), please make these known in the form and contact the Global Education Center to have a discussion about possible accommodations.

Newsletters will be posted in your MyElonGlobal application and cover the following topics (Newsletter below are examples from past year):

In addition, we recommend you consult the following resources: