The GEC staff and global short-term program leaders are planning for May Term 2021, a special opportunity for global engagement courses to take place between May 22 and June 25 (exact dates will vary by program and are TBD). Please check out our Status Chart for program details.
Recruiting for May Term programs began at the end of September with interest surveys to previously accepted/waitlisted students for Winter Term programs that are now being offered in May Term 2021. The GEC will monitor the viability of programs in November and January and will make a final decision about May Term programs by February 5, 2021.
We will be in close communication with students regarding the status of their programs before this date. Programs approved to proceed after February 5 may still be subject to cancellation before the schedule departure.
Sept. 23 message from the short-term programs team
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
- Accepted/Waitlisted students for programs offered in May Term – Students under these statuses will have first priority to participate in the May Term program
- 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
- 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 email@example.com, or by using our quick chat feature on our website (lower right corner when you go to our website).
Janelle Papay Decato & The Global Short-Term Programs Team
Sept. 7 message from the short-term programs team
- Students previously accepted to the program (students have two weeks to confirm)
- Students previously wait listed to the program (students have two weeks to confirm)
- Students previously accepted or wait listed to any Winter Term 2021 program
- As space allows, open application to all students
July 13 message from the short-term programs team
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).
- 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.
Janelle and the Global Short-Term Programs Team
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 2021 was created with the hope that Elon will be able 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 will be posted as soon as possible.
The enrollment process is unique in that it prioritizes previously accepted/waitlisted winter term 2021 students. Please see below for our application timeline:
- Sept 22-Oct 6: Interest surveys are sent to previously accepted/waitlisted students for Winter Term 2021 programs now being offered in May Term 2021
- Oct 20: Interest surveys are due.
- Oct 23-26: Change Forms are available for previously accepted/waitlisted students to complete in order to switch into an open program. Students submitting during this time frame will have priority before applications open to the rest of campus.
- Oct 27-Feb 5: Applications open for programs with seat availability. *applications for MUS 471 will be open until March 15.
The GEC will monitor the viability of programs in November and January and will make a final decision about May Term programs by February 5, 2021.
Please see our cancellation deadlines on our DEADLINES page.
Types of Programs
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:
- Previous global engagement experience
- Class Standing
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.
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.
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 cancellation 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 cancellation.
May Term 2021: There is no deposit.
Deposit Refunds: If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: