Elon is #1 in study abroad. Again and again.

For 15 straight years, Elon has earned a #1 ranking for study abroad from the Institute for International Education.

84%of students participated in global study at least once
100+global study programs
50+countries represented

Elon’s #1 national ranking is included in the 2019 Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education.

Elon continues to make progress toward its strategic goal of achieving 100 percent access to a global engagement experience by the year 2020, with the university expanding financial aid to assist students who cannot afford the cost of study abroad.

Get your passport ready.

Elon provides long- and short-term global opportunities for students in every major.

Where on earth can I study?

College is a time for learning—but no one said you have to do it all in the same zip code. Studying away from Elon can take place around the world and throughout the United States.

  • North & Central America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Asia & Oceania

When can I go? And what types of programs are there?

You will study abroad. The only questions are when, where and how often?

Short-term (January, Thanksgiving, Spring Break), semester-long, summer and/or an entire academic or calendar year

There are three types of programs:

  • Elon faculty-led, short-term
  • Elon Global Centers (four abroad, four U.S.)
  • Affiliate and exchange

What’s Winter Term all about?

Elon’s 4-1-4 academic calendar allows multiple opportunities to study away, especially during Winter Term. There are more than 30 program options, including:

  • Austria, Germany and Hungary: Lives of the Great Composers
  • Barbados: Culture, Politics and Society
  • Dominican Republic: Baseball and Tourism
  • France: Eat, Pray, Love: Sacred Space and the Place of Religion
  • Orlando, Florida: Happiest Place? The Science of Happiness at Disney
  • Hawaii: Nation or State? In Search of Hawaiian Identity
  • India: Public Health Practicum
  • Italy: Dante’s Inferno: From Poetry to Video Games
  • Vietnam: Business and Culture

What if I can’t leave campus for a semester or Winter Term?

If you’re unable to leave campus for a full semester or Winter Term, consider a travel-embedded course taught on campus with a short-term travel component.


  • Peru: Wilderness and Adventure Therapy
  • Iceland: The Crucible of Fire and Ice: Nature, Culture, and Authenticity

Spring break

  • India and South Asia: Democracy, Development, Diplomacy and Conflict in Historical Perspective
  • Canada, Montreal, Quebec: Les Histoires Qu’on Se Raconte “The Stories We Tell”

What about longer-term options?

Semester Elon global centers are tailor-made for our students.

Study Abroad

  • Shanghai, China: Experience the future of global business
  • Dunedin, New Zealand: Develop skills for teaching the next generation of students
  • London, United Kingdom: Compare two countries linked by language and history
  • Florence, Italy: Explore the roots of Western civilization

Study USA

  • Elon in Washington, D.C. (fall, spring and summer)
  • Elon in New York City (fall, spring and summer)
  • Elon in Los Angeles (fall, spring and summer)
  • Elon in San Francisco (summer)

Are there more programs to consider?

In Elon’s more than 70 semester and summer affiliate programs, you take part in a study abroad program hosted with an educational partner. Here are some of the opportunities available:

  • Amman, Jordan: Middle East Studies or Arabic Language
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender
  • Barcelona, Spain: Language & Culture or Business & Culture or Economics & Culture or Liberal Arts
  • Cape Town, South Africa: Arts & Sciences OR Service Learning OR Open Campus
  • Prague, Czech Republic: Central European & Jewish Studies or Film Studies OR New Media Studies
  • Rabat, Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism & New Media or Multiculturalism & Human Rights
  • Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans
  • Turks and Caicos Islands: Marine Resource Management Studies OR Marine Protected Areas

Santiago, Chile:
A ‘real world’ experience

Name: Genna Kasian

Graduation Year: 2019

Majors: International and Global Studies and Spanish

Minor: Business Administration

Where and When: Santiago, Chile during spring of my sophomore year

“In Santiago I was navigating an unfamiliar environment that contrasted starkly with my prior experiences. I worked through everything from government bureaucracy to public transportation and feel so much more confident now in my ability to do things for myself and be successful in unfamiliar situations.”

Spain and Morocco:
Immersed in two cultures

Name: Mason Enloe

Graduation Year: 2020

Major: Religious Studies

Minors: Asian Studies, Entrepreneurship and Communications

Where and When: Spain and Morocco during Winter Term of my sophomore year

“There were opportunities for hands-on learning. In Spain, we received pottery lessons, which was a taste of what it was like to make the famous clay tiles found in Sevilla. In Morocco, we experienced the simplicity and isolation that ancient Islamic students lived in while studying the Qur’an in beautiful universities.”

Schedule a visit

To get started on your path to a life-changing experience (or two), schedule a visit to Elon, North Carolina. A campus visit is the best way to determine if Elon is right for you.

Campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and most Saturday mornings throughout the year. Please join us for an information session led by an admissions counselor and a walking tour led by an Elon student.