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.

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

All students will be booked on all group travel arrangements that are included for the program. Exceptions can be considered for the following conditions:

  • Student is planning a family vacation that is either before or after the program in the location of short-term program
  • Student is an international student and will be abroad already
  • Student will spend the spring semester on a global engagement program

If you meet any of these conditions, you may petition for individual arrangements by completing the Student Travel Deviation Form and emailing it to by September 6. Submitting a travel deviation form does not guarantee approval. No deviations will be considered after September 6.

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: