Nearly 1,000 students, faculty and staff are participating this month in 31 programs around the globe.
With the start of Elon University’s Winter Term, nearly 1,000 students, faculty and staff are traveling to locations on six continents to participate in unique programs that cater to a variety of interests across multiple disciplines.
Elon University is renowned for its emphasis on global engagement, and Winter Term is the busiest time of the year for this critical element of an Elon education. During this year's Winter Term, which spans the month of January, 849 undergraduate and graduate students will participate in intensive programs through Elon's Study Abroad and Study USA programs, cohort travel and course-embedded travel.
To support students on these programs, Elon has awarded more than $117,000 through the GEC Access Scholarship and endowed gifts. Through these initiatives established to support the university’s commitment to diversity and global engagement, Elon is able to offer financial aid for global engagement to every student with documented financial need.
Unique to Elon is the preparation students receive for their Winter Term programs. Most Study Abroad and Study USA courses require a one-credit course in the preceding fall semester, where students meet with their faculty members and classmates as they learn in advance about the locations and cultures they plan to visit. The classes allow professors to forge strong relationships with their students and give students an avenue to learn about each other prior to their immersion in new and dynamic places.
This will be the first year GEC launches a program which begins in the United States and travels abroad. The ESPN: From Bristol to Beyond course will travel to Argentina in 2019. This course was created by Professor Dave Bockino with the intention of going to a different location abroad in the future. The program will continue to begin in Bristol, Connecticut, which is the headquarters of ESPN. This year the program will connect with Argentinian athletes and sportscasters. This interaction creates a compelling professional networking opportunity for Elon students.
In addition to these 31 Winter Term programs managed by staff in the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, each of the cohorts and courses listed below has students who will also be involved in a study away program this Winter Term:
- Business Fellows
- Communications Fellows
- Elon College Fellows
- Honors Fellows
- Leadership Fellows
- Teaching Fellows
- Periclean Scholars
- iMedia Fly-Ins
- MBA and Elon Law study abroad
The Global Education Center will announce all 2019-20 short-term programs in March and will kick off the application period for Winter Term 2020 Study Abroad and Study USA programs later that month.
These programs, in addition to a wide offering of Elon Centers Abroad, affiliate and exchange programs, and Study USA Centers contribute toward Elon’s goal of achieving 100 percent access to global engagement. As a result, Elon is consistently ranked the nation's #1 master's-level university for international study by the Institute of International Education, with 1,654 Elon students studying abroad during the 2016-17 academic year.
Winter Term Global Engagement programs include:
- Australia and New Zealand Film
- Australia: The Stolen Generation
- Austria, Germany and Hungary: The Lives of the Great Composers
- Barbados: Culture, Politics & Society
- Business in the Pacific Rim
- China: The Flying Dragon
- ESPN — From Bristol to Beyond
- Costa Rica: Human Service Studies and Public Health Studies Practicum
- Costa Rica: Unplugged – Sustainable Ecotourism
- Dominican Republic: Baseball and Tourism
- Gutenberg to the West — Media’s Impact on Western Civilization
- Disney — Happiest Place? The Science of Happiness
- France: Eat, Pray, Love – Sacred Space and the Place of Religion
- Ghana: West African History and Culture
- Great Structures of Europe — Technology and History
- Greece: Classics in Context
- Hawai'i: Nation or State?
- India: Public Health Studies Practicum
- Ireland: An Introduction to its Literature, Culture and History
- Israel: Innovation in Israel
- Italy: Dante’s Inferno — From Poetry to Video Games
- Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa
- Mediterranean: East Meets West
- New Zealand: Critically Engaged Ecotourism
- Panama: Field Biology
- Peru: The Living Heritage of the Andes
- South Africa: The Call of South Africa
- Spain and Morocco: Historical and Contemporary Encounters
- The Sundance Film Festival Experience
- Vietnam: Business and Culture