Welcome to the Global Education Center (GEC) Study Abroad homepage. Elon has many program types to consider, which fulfill different needs for different students. There are many tools and resources linked from this page to assist students and their families in selecting a best-fit 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.
Elon Centers Abroad
Elon Center programs are Elon’s signature opportunities both abroad and in the USA and offer Elon students unparalleled opportunities to integrate global engagement programs into the Elon experience. On an Elon Center program, you will study with a group of Elon students and typically have the support of an Elon faculty member on-site. These programs are offered in partnership with organizations abroad, but are customized to fit the needs of Elon students.
Affiliate & Exchange Programs
On our semester and summer affiliate programs, you will take part in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. organization or directly enroll in classes at a university abroad. These programs are carefully vetted to ensure that they align with Elon University standards for study abroad. Students can meet major requirements and continue progress towards their Elon degree.
Dual Degree Program
The Dual Degree Program allows Elon students to spend their first two years studying at Elon and their last two years studying and working abroad. The Martha and Spencer Love School of Business is partnered with ESB Business School in Reutlingen, Germany, NEOMA Business School in Reims, France, Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICADE in Madrid, Spain, and Universitá Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy, to offer four year dual degree programs where students earn one degree from Elon and one from a partner institution.
If you plan to arrange your own academic internship abroad or to conduct independent research or an independent study under the supervision of an Elon faculty member, part of your approval process includes GEC approval.
To learn more about internship credit at Elon, please see this helpful resource from the Student Professional Development Center (SPDC).
The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC) requires students to attend Elon-vetted study abroad programs unless there is a compelling academic reason to attend a program not reviewed and vetted by Elon. If you choose to explore other, non-Elon programs during the semester, Winter Term, or summer, you must complete a petition.
Calling the Elon Campus Safety & Police (336-278-5555) is the most effective way to respond to emergencies abroad, outside of the Elon Global Education Center’s regular business hours. Students experiencing a psychological crisis should contact the Crisis Counselor on Call at 336-278-2222.
The Student Life Emergency Response System page provides more detail for aid available to students.