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. The minimum GPA for Short Term programs is 2.0.

Types of Programs

Winter Term

These intensive three- to four-week, four-semester-hour courses typically include a mandatory one-semester-hour prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 in WINTER 2024 SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS. Detailed cost information can be found on each program’s budget sheet, available from a program’s brochure page.

Enroll in a Program

Step 1: Explore course options! 

See WINTER 2024 SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS to learn more about all available programs.

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

Step 2: Students enroll in the fall GBL prerequisite course associated with the winter term global short-term program they wish to participate in. 

Students should enroll in only ONE fall preparatory seminar. The GEC monitors GBL rosters and will remove students from additional courses, if necessary. Students may be enrolled in one seminar and be on more than one GBL waitlist.

It is the responsibility of the student to register for both the Fall preparatory seminar and the Winter Term course at the appropriate registration times.

If the fall preparatory seminar will put a student in academic overload, they must submit a Course Overload Form. See our POLICIES page to learn more.

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

If there is a course scheduling conflict with the Winter Term course or the prerequisite preparatory seminar, students will not be able to enroll unless they request an accommodation from the faculty leaders.

Step 3: Students log into their MyElonGlobal account to access resources and complete required forms. 

After students enroll in the fall preparatory seminar, the GEC will create them a MyElonGlobal profile specific to the winter term global short-term program. Students will be required to complete additional forms and have access to resources via their MyElonGlobal account. If students don’t complete additional forms, they will be notified and possibly withdrawn from the course.

Change/Cancel from a Program

During registration until the end of Drop/Add in the Fall semester, students can add and drop courses themselves.

After the Add/Drop period ends, students cannot change into other GBL courses and are subject to Elon’s course withdraw processes. Additionally, a cancelation form must be submitted to the GEC.

Winter 2024 Global Program cancellation form  Available on August 28th, before this date students need to log into OnTrack and drop the aligned Fall Prep course.

Important Deadlines and Policies

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

For more information about withdrawal and change policies, see POLICIES.

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.

You may petition for individual arrangements by completing the Student Travel Deviation Form. Submitting a travel deviation form does not guarantee approval.

This form must be submitted by September 12, 2023, 11:58PM (EDT).

Prepare for Your Program

Faculty leaders will facilitate students’ preparation through class material, emails, and elements posted to the course Moodle site. In addition, general health and safety information will be distributed from the GEC and posted to students’ MyElonGlobal account.

The GEC requires students to submit a personal information form. If students 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 emailed as part of the pre-departure preparation and are available as a reference in MyElonGlobal.

In addition, we recommend students and families consult the following resources: