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.

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 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 (posted March 1). Detailed cost information can be found on each program’s budget sheet, available from a program’s brochure page (posted March 1).


All 2019-20 global short-term programs will be announced on March 1. The Early Action deadline is April 1.

For detailed information, see the DEADLINES webpage.

Find a Program

See the PROGRAM STATUS CHART to learn more about all available programs (available March 1).

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 may not be offered the following year.

Apply for a Program

You can apply to only ONE program per term.

When you are ready to apply, click “apply now” from the program’s brochure linked from the PROGRAM STATUS CHART (available March 1).

See the application instructions for more information.

Enroll in a Program

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

Winter Term

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

It is your responsibility to register for your Winter Term course at the time of registration in November.

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 a CHANGE FORM, available in the GEC in Global Commons 360. All changes are processed in the order received.

For change requests over the summer: Download and complete the form linked above and email it to

Withdraw From a Program

Accepted students: Complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your program application.

Wait listed students: Email your intent to withdraw to

Note: this is withdrawing your participating entirely–this is NOT part of the process for changing into an available program.

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 by September 5. No deviations will be considered after September 5. Submitting a travel deviation form does not guarantee approval.

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.

Newsletters are posted in your MyElonGlobal application and cover the following topics:

In addition, we recommend you consult the following resources: