Elon is offering a special, one-time May Term for study abroad. Program details are listed below, and applications are linked for each program.

For COR 331 Tanzania: Wilderness & Adventure Therapy:

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.

COR 446 Austria, Germany & Czech Republic: Lives of the Great Composers

Brochure Page & Application

  • Core capstone seminar (meets ELR requirement)
  • German studies elective

Academic Catalog

Only student with Junior or Senior Status may participate 

Spring Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar:

GBL 126: Wednesdays 6-7:40 PM (second half of the spring semester)

Program Leader(s):

Laurin Kier

Virginia Novine-Whittaker

Cost $6,750

Cost breakdown coming soon.

CANCELLED


BUS 281: Business In The Pacific Rim

Brochure Page & Application

  • BUS or FIN elective
  • Asian Studies elective

Academic Catalog link coming soon

Spring Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar:

GBL 181: Fridays from 4-5:40 PM (second half of the spring semester)

Program Leader(s):

Raj Gupta

Rosey Bao

Cost $7,300

Please see brochure page for cost breakdown.

CANCELLED


GBL 298 Dominican Republic: Baseball & Tourism

Brochure Page & Application

  • Civilization or Society

Academic Catalog

Spring Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar:

GBL 198: Wednesdays 6-7:40 PM

Program Leader(s)

Mark Cryan

Kirstie Doehler

Cost $4,900

CANCELLED


ENG 257 England: Literary Landscapes

Brochure Page & Application

  • Expression (literature requirement)

Academic Catalog

Spring Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar:

GBL 157: Tuesdays 5:30-7:10 PM.

Program Leader(s):

Kathy Lyday

Paula Patch

Cost $5,550 (airfare is not included)

Please see brochure page for cost breakdown.

CANCELLED


GBL 290 Ghana: Performing Arts in Cultural Context

Brochure Page & Application

  • Civilization or Expression (non-literature)
  • HSS Practicum (with departmental approval)

Academic Catalog

Spring Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar:

GBL 190: Tuesdays 5:30-7:10 PM

Program Leader(s):

Keshia Wall

Vanessa Drew-Branch

Cost TBD

CANCELLED


GBL 296 Great Structures of Europe: Technology & History

Brochure Page & Application

  • Civilization or non-lab Science

Academic Catalog

    Spring Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar:

    GBL 196: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-7:10 PM (second half of the spring semester)

    Program Leader(s):

    Robert Charest

    Ryan Kirk

    Cost $8,300

    Please see brochure page for cost breakdown.

    CANCELLED


    MUS 471: Jazz & Opera in Italy

    Brochure Page & Application

    • Expression
    • Advanced Studies

    Academic catalog link coming soon

    There is no prerequisite preparatory seminar.

    Program Leader(s):

    Polly Cornelius 

    Jon Metzger

    Cost $6,500 (airfare is not included)

    Please see brochure page for cost breakdown.

    CLOSED


     

    GBL 233 Mediterranean: East Meets West

    Brochure Page & Application

    • Civilization or Society

    Academic Catalog

    Fall Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar:

    GBL 133: Fridays 4-5:40 PM (second half of the spring semester)

    Program Leader(s):

    Tina Das

    Mark Kurt

    Cost $7,000 (airfare is not included)

    Please see brochure page for cost breakdown.

    CANCELLED


    COR 331 Tanzania: Wilderness & Adventure Therapy

    Brochure Page & Application

    • Core Capstone Seminar

    Academic Catalog

    Only student with Junior or Senior Status may participate 

    Special exception to meet ELR requirement

    No Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar.

    Program Leader(s):

    Rodney Parks

     

    Cost $5,650

    Please see brochure page for cost breakdown.

    CLOSED


    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.

    COVID-19 RELATED PROGRAM CANCELLATION

    • 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 global@elon.edu, 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.
    Enrollment
    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
    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