El Centro

El Centro offers Conversational Spanish for Health Care Professionals. From beginners to advanced speakers, individuals can improve their ability to communicate with patients in Spanish. We empower students to better communicate in Spanish to develop stronger relationships with patients, reducing miscommunication and improving cultural understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions

As an Elon SHS student, am I eligible for funding for more than one Global Learning Opportunity (GLO)?

You are encouraged to participate in more than one GLO but may receive funding for just one.

Students participating in GLOs may apply for financial support for a portion of their program expenses. Reimbursable expenses include program fees, airfare, visa, immunizations, housing, and international health insurance.

As a student, can I create or find my own site for a GLO program?

The GLO committee will work with you if you have ideas about a new program. It takes time to build a program, so start early. All GLO programs are vetted by School of Health Sciences (SHS) criteria and meet a modified version of the Forum on Education Abroad’s Guidelines for Undergraduate Health-related Experiences Abroad.

Can I bring my family with me?

Family members are not permitted to participate in a SHS GLO. However, they may visit you on location during non-programmed time, as permitted by GLO on-site partners (if applicable).

Can I use GLO funds for an opportunity in the USA?

If the opportunity offers you a culturally unique experience, you may apply for a Department of Physical Therapy Education (DPTE) USA GLO.  This includes DPTE clinical rotations.

When do I apply?

There is one application cycle each year starting in October.

Do I have to participate in GLO?

Students are not required or expected to participate in a GLO. The program strives to be 100% accessible to all students who would like to participate.

What will my living situation be on my GLO?

Each GLO takes place in a unique location with unique living conditions to that location. Visit the program page to learn more about the geographical location, housing options, etc.

Do I need a Visa?

Depending on the location of your GLO, you may need a passport and visa. Visit this website to determine the requirements for travel to your GLO destination. You should also visit the website for the country’s embassy.

When will I find out the status of my application?

GLO annual applications are usually processed within 3 weeks. Students are normally informed of the application status no later than mid-December.

Can I get financial aid?

GLO funding is available and reviewed annually. Additional external scholarships may be available and are up to the student to complete application requirements.

I have another question. What do I do?

Contact Paula DiBiasio, Coordinator for the DPTE Global Learning Opportunities program. Her email is