Global Study Study Abroad & Study USA
Claim your global citizenship College is a time for learning — but no one said you have to do it all in the same zip code. Or even in the same country. Study off campus and your worldview will change forever. Elon’s 100+ programs are your passport to immersive experiences in international culture and will prepare you for a lifetime of global understanding and exploration. Closer to home, Elon’s Study USA program offers summer, semester and Winter Term programs for students to explore diversity of culture, geography and climate in the United States.
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Elon is #1 among U.S. master’s-level schools in the number of students studying abroad.
The choice is yours: Study for a Winter Term, semester, summer, an academic year or longer Elon offers innovative programs during Winter Term, the most popular time to study abroad. These intensive January courses are taught by Elon faculty. Programs vary in cost and include international airfare; all accommodations and transportation abroad; and entrance fees for museums, cultural sites and events related to the course. And there’s no need to wait – students are eligible to participate in Winter Term programs their first year at Elon. Plan to study abroad for a semester or a year if you’d like to immerse yourself in another language and learn to live in a different culture. During their time abroad, many Elon students pursue research, service and internships. International internships can be completed for academic credit and are available in a wide variety of countries including Australia, England, India and South Africa.
A hallmark of the university’s strategic plan, The Elon Commitment, is a goal to provide 100 percent access to global study and pursue additional scholarship opportunities to make a global experience reality for all students. In fact, some semester programs can be financed for the same cost as a semester on campus. Need-based and outside scholarships are available. To learn more about financing a study abroad or Study USA experience, visit www.elon.edu/global or contact the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, 336-278-6700.
Study USA: Elon’s Domestic Study & Internship Programs You don’t have to leave the country to absorb cultural, political and religious differences. Elon’s domestic study travel programs take students to large cities including New York and Los Angeles, as well as to rural communities in Appalachia and the Gulf Coast. Domestic programs include travel as part of an Elon-based course as well as summer and semester internship experiences. Alaska » Hike and canoe across the Kenai Peninsula as you spend part of your summer studying the state’s natural beauty, history and culture. Hawaii » Spend a Winter Term exploring the traditions and beliefs of Hawaii’s indigenous people through literature, writing and reflection. Arizona » Learn about immigration from multiple perspectives as you spend Winter Term studying debate along the southwestern U.S. border. You’ll interact with stakeholders along the Arizona/Sonora border, including government officials from both countries. Utah » Network with filmmaking professionals while immersing yourself in the industry’s culture. You’ll spend one week at Elon, orchestrate a film screening, and then attend a week of the Sundance Film Festival.
New York » Travel to New York City where you’ll examine the effects of globalization on the divide between the rich and the poor. Learn about increasing disparities between wealth and poverty, and meet representatives from UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations.
Elon in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Spend nine weeks in one of the world’s most influential cities as you study, intern and make professional contacts. A semester-long program is offered in Los Angeles for students exploring careers in the entertainment industry. Students interested in government, law, politics or the non-profit sector can pursue the Washington, D.C., program. Students take a full course load while working in a professional internship.
Explore your world Students select from more than 25 study abroad options during Elon’s Winter Term. Australia and New Zealand: Film Examine the histories and cultures of Australia and New Zealand to compare film mythology to the reality of Australian and New Zealand life.
Business in the Pacific Rim Explore the impact of emerging markets and learn about the opportunities and challenges brought about from a flatter, better connected world.
Australia: Ecotourism Identify the differences between ecotourism and commercial tourism. Compare principles of ecotourism by hiking, surfing, canyoning and snorkeling.
China: The Flying Dragon Compare the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and other historic sites to modern cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.
Australia: Indigenous Studies Study the traditional, colonial and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal Australian peoples through an anthropological and sociological lens. Barbados: Culture, Sport and Media Explore life in present-day Barbados. Course emphases will support varied academic interests, including sport, media, communication, music, tourism, education, gender, race, history, economy and politics. Brazil: Community Engagement Immerse yourself in the country’s African influenced culture and history as you confront ongoing issues of poverty and social injustice.
Costa Rica: Jungle Service Help preserve the Osa Peninsula through service projects including building a library in an indigenous village or working on a farm reserve. Costa Rica: Language, Culture and Ecotourism Live with local families and visit rainforests and volcanoes during this course combining language, culture, society and the environment. England: Field Studies of London’s Immigrant Communities Through Photographs and Words Investigate and research the many immigrant communities comprising modern London as tourists, ethnographers and visual anthropologists.
Turkey/Dubai: Where East Meets West Live and study at the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia. As the European Union expands across the Mediterranean, this course studies its impact on societies in the region. European Union: The State of Europe Study the effect of economic cooperation as a peacekeeping tool by examining the European Union and its lasting impact in Europe. France: Eat, Pray, Love: Sacred Space and the Place of Religion in 21st Century France Examine both historical and modern notions of sacred space and perceptions of religious experiences in French culture through the palate of gastronomy, art, architecture and popular music. Ghana: Performing Arts in Cultural Context Experience Ghanaian performing arts while absorbing the country’s rich history. Learn and perform traditional dance, music and oral traditions in Ghanaian communities. Ghana: West African History and Culture Study the development of freedom and democracy in the first African nation to gain independence from Britain. Greece: Classics in Context: Ancient Greece Explore this country of ancient philosophers, artists, athletes and scientists, and discover the vibrancy of this ancient culture. Holocaust Journey Travel through Amsterdam, Berlin, Warsaw, Cracow and Prague touring concentration camps and meeting Holocaust scholars and survivors.
India: Education and Development Bring the wonder of science to Indian middle school students with a service learning project designed to strengthen local science programs. India: Public Health Practicum Familiarize yourself with public health work during three weeks of observation and practice at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed. Ireland: An Introduction to its Literature, Culture and History Study Irish culture through the eyes of 20th century writers while visiting historical sites including the Aran Islands, Sligo and Dublin. Israel, Palestine and Jordan: Living Stones of Peace Study the religious, cultural, historical and socio-economic dimensions of the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict. Italy: Fine Arts Explore museums, historic monuments and cultural centers in Rome, Venice and Florence.
“I was blown away by the genuine enthusiasm, warm spirit and incredible hospitality of the people in Ghana. It is such a dynamic and beautiful country teeming with so much natural beauty. Throughout the course, I could sense the changes in my classmates as more people tried new foods, engaged in challenging activities and approached new people. In a sense, we became comfortable with being uncomfortable; that’s the beauty of studying abroad.”
GLORIA SO ’14 Ghana: West African History and Culture
Italy’s Heritage: Past is Present Gain an understanding of Italian history while visiting the ruins of Pompeii, the Colosseum and the Forum in Rome, and the cities of Spoleto, Assisi and Siena. New Zealand: Critically Engaged Ecotourism Walk on glaciers, hike on a growing mountain range and boat in fjords. Examine the nation’s natural wonders and the sustainability of this country’s natural resources. Peru: The Living Heritage of the Andes Delve into the history and culture of Peru in this interdisciplinary course covering archaeology, language and the environment.
The Call of South Africa This service learning program focuses on how literature and communication affect a land with a history of oppression and a resilient spirit. Vietnam: Business and Culture of Vietnam Travel to different cities in this ancient and culturally rich country as you learn about post-war development, Buddhism and business development. World War II in Europe: Life in a Time of War Study the events surrounding World War II as you visit historic sites and examine the war’s continuing impact.
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Immerse Yourself Elon Centers Abroad These programs offer Elon-developed courses taught by an Elon faculty member and local professors. San JosĂŠ, Costa Rica Explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica while studying the social, political, economic, cultural and environmental changes that face much of the developing Latin American world. Students live with host families and study Spanish, as well as other topics taught in English. London, England Experience one of the most dynamic cities in the world by choosing from more than 25 semesterlong courses as well as internship and research opportunities. Florence, Italy Spend a semester living and learning in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. In addition to studying Italian, courses include general studies, art history, literature, political science and contemporary Italian history.
Fall and Spring Affiliate and Exchange Programs These study abroad programs are offered in conjunction with a host university or educational institution. All programs below are offered during both fall and spring semesters, and many are also offered for an academic or calendar year. Buenos Aires, Argentina Study Spanish, international relations, political science and more in this program, which is taught in Spanish and pairs students with host families.
Wiener Neustadt, Austria Reside in the heart of Europe while taking courses in business, economics and other disciplines at Austriaâ€™s University of Applied Sciences.
Perth, Australia Take classes at Curtin University in a variety of disciplines and experience the rich culture of Western Australia.
Santiago, Chile Live with host families while taking classes at several universities in international relations, social sciences and Spanish. Classes are taught in Spanish.
Sunshine Coast, Australia Explore Australian academia as you enroll at the University of the Sunshine Coast, which offers a wide array of courses including business, environmental science, exercise science and liberal arts. Yungaburra, Australia Research Australian wildlife in the Tropical Rainforest Studies program. Courses include rainforest ecology, environmental and socioeconomic values, principles of forest management and directed research.
Beijing, China Immerse yourself in Chinese culture and take courses in business, Asian studies, communications, natural science, art, philosophy and more. Classes are taught in English, with the exception of Chinese language courses.
Shanghai, China Study the history and contemporary issues of China on either the general study abroad track or the internship track. Internships are available in fields including international business, NGO studies, public administration, medical professions or communications. Atenas, Costa Rica Gain a firsthand understanding of how this beautiful and rapidly growing country is developing resource management models to protect the countryâ€™s biodiversity and promote a competitive global market. La Selva/Las Cruces, Costa Rica Absorb the rapid social, cultural, economic, political and environmental changes that face much of the developing Latin American world.Â This program is based in two biological stations in vastly different parts of the country.
Multiple field stations, Costa Rica Get to know this beautiful country as you travel through six different ecosystems and spend time in as many field stations studying Costa Rican ecology. Copenhagen, Denmark Study communications, public health, psychology, economics and more with faculty who are practitioners in their fields. This program includes embedded field studies and a week-long study tour. Santiago, Dominican Republic Live with host families and strengthen your language skills while taking all-Spanish courses in history, literature, communications or the social sciences. A program focused on service learning is also offered.
Quito, Ecuador Live with host families while studying at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where all courses are taught in Spanish. Cairo, Egypt Study at the American University in Cairo. Select from a broad range of classes and explore one of the major cultural and political centers of the Arab world. Brighton, England Attend the University of Sussex, the renowned British university offering a wide variety of courses for study. Lyon, France Enroll in an international business program in France’s third largest city and choose from a variety of courses in marketing, management, finance, international business, international studies and other disciplines. Courses are taught in English and French. Montpellier, France Explore the south-central Mediterranean as you immerse yourself in the vibrant French culture. Students take core courses in central Montpellier and directly enroll at the University of Montpellier while living with a host family.
Paris, France Engage in this interactive program that fosters intense cultural and linguistic learning skills. Students take a variety of classes in the Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne while living with host families. Heidelberg, Germany Study the German language in this historic city on the Neckar River bustling with a wide range of cultural activities. Legon, Ghana Study business, political science, English, psychology and more at the University of Ghana, one of the best universities in Africa. Live with Ghanian students or with a host family. Manipal, India Study public health and Indian studies at one of India’s premier private universities in this small town nestled along the Arabian Sea. Mumbai, India Study business design at Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, a world leader in business education, in the nation’s economic and entertainment capital.
Pune, India Explore contemporary India in the vibrant, bustling city of Pune. Courses are offered in environmental studies, social justice, public health, film, political economy and Hindi language. Varanasi, India Bridge the gap between ancient and modern in one of the world’s oldest cities and examine the intersections between religious life, urban studies and the environment in contemporary India.
Amman, Jordan The rolling hills of Jordan provide a perfect backdrop to study the contrasting culture of traditional, yet cosmopolitan Amman. Students analyze international diplomacy, global policy, economics, history, religion and literature relevant to Middle Eastern studies. Kenya and Tanzania Study native wildlife ecology and compare management techniques between two local cultures and economies.
Dublin, Ireland Discover the depth of this capital city as you choose between three programs offered at the following universities: Trinity College, Dublin Business School and School of the Arts, University College Dublin. Haifa, Israel Live on the Mediterranean coast in Israel’s foremost port city for international commerce and study at a world-class research university. Students study Arabic, Hebrew and a variety of other disciplines taught in English. Jerusalem, Israel Explore dance at Israel’s premier performing arts institution. Students enroll at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and take a variety of elective courses taught in English. Osaka, Japan Study business, social sciences, art and Japanese language in the cultural heart of Japan at Kansai Gaidai University. Classes taught in English.
Elon Business Dual-Degree Program Students spend their first two years on campus and their last two years in Germany or France, including a semester-long, full-time internship. When they graduate, students receive a degree in international business from Elon and a degree in international management from either the ESB Business School at Reutlingen University in Germany or the Reims Management School in Reims, France.
Dunedin, New Zealand Encounter the rich beauty and complex culture of this island nation in the South Pacific as you study at the historic University of Otago. Wellington, New Zealand Discover the alluring port-city capital of New Zealand as you study a wide variety of disciplines at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Cracow, Poland Explore this dynamic city in the heart of Europe as you study business and international relations at the Cracow University of Economics. Classes taught in English. St. Andrews, Scotland Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Scottish countryside as you take courses in history, religious studies, international studies and science at one of the most world-renowned universities.
Semester at Sea, Multiple Countries Explore global academic issues in a comparative context as you visit many countries on a semester-long voyage. Choose from courses in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, biology, theater, history, communications, music and business. Dakar, Senegal Live with a local family, take classes in French and learn the local Wolof language. Students have the option of two programs: Development Studies or Language and Culture Studies. Singapore Experience this vibrant English-speaking Asian epicenter known as the crossroads of East and West. Students study at Nanyang Technological University, home to world-class schools of communications, business and social sciences. Cape Town, South Africa “The Mother City” of South Africa is a modern metropolis that combines the natural beauty of its landscape with its industrial advancements. Conduct a major community research project on the service-learning program or take courses at the University of Cape Town, widely recognized as the best university on the continent. Kruger National Park, South Africa Study the rich biological and cultural diversity of South Africa while performing field study and research in Kruger National Park. Students take courses in a wide variety of fields pertaining to national parks management and ecosystem protection. Stellenbosch, South Africa Explore the town’s beautiful natural landscape as you immerse yourself in sustainability and community studies; students may pursue independent research or participate in a semester-long service project.
Alicante, Spain Sharpen your Spanish skills as you study along the Mediterranean coast in one of Spain’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas. Elective courses are available in many disciplines. Students take courses in both Spanish and English. Barcelona, Spain Experience one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Western Europe as you immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Students on this program primarily participate in homestays and can take courses in business, economics, Spanish history and other liberal arts. Seville, Spain Delve into an atmosphere teeming with rich Spanish culture and variety. Seville boasts a variety of programs including new media and journalism, international business, language and liberal arts. Students live with host families and may take courses at local universities. Toledo, Spain Explore this World Heritage City situated outside Madrid and experience life as a Spaniard living with a local host family. A large variety of courses are available, all taught in Spanish. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Immerse yourself in the exciting East African culture as you study in Dar es Salaam, Kiswahili for “Harbor of Peace” and Tanzania’s largest city. Take a variety of courses at the University of Dar es Salaam on Kiswahili language and broaden your sense of East African culture. Istanbul, Turkey Spend a semester in both Europe and Asia as you explore the dynamic country of Turkey and study at Koç University, which overlooks the Black Sea. Students choose from a wide range of courses, all taught in English. Turks and Caicos Islands Dive in to diverse maritime culture and study in the heart of the Caribbean. Students take courses on tropical marine ecology, resource management, environmental policy and socioeconomic values.
“I wanted my time abroad to be an experience I would likely not be able to replicate outside of college. Semester at Sea was perfect -- when else will I have the chance to circumnavigate the globe? I traveled to 13 countries in three and a half months and while I was abroad I thought about what a great conversation starter this would be in professional situations. I’m working for SAP, and during my interview it was incredibly helpful to speak to lessons learned abroad about cultural diversity and my ability to quickly adapt to new situations.”
KEVIN BEACH ’13 Semester at Sea Kevin was one of only 32 participants selected for a 10-month graduate fellowship program with SAP, a German multinational software corporation.
Summer Affiliate and Exchange Programs These study abroad programs are offered in conjunction with a host university or educational institution. During the summer, Elon students participate in international internships, research, language and independent study programs. Australia and New Zealand: Rainforest Management Studies Explore both countries and see the flora and fauna of the area while studying rainforest management. Bhutan: Eastern Himalayan Forests and Rural Livelihoods Nestled in the Eastern Himalayan region, Bhutan has been identified as one of the worldâ€™s top 10 biodiversity hot spots. Explore Bhutanese culture and environmental issues while taking classes in English. China, Beijing: ChinaVoice Learn Chinese while you explore Beijing and take classes at the University of International Business and Economics.
Costa Rica: Applied Research Techniques and Strategies Toward Sustainability OR Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems Be part of the growth of social and economic structure in Costa Rica. Study sustainable development in a small community while enjoying new experiences. Denmark, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad Immerse yourself in Danish culture and study at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. Take courses in public health, environmental studies, psychology and more. England, Brighton: University of Sussex Take one of a variety of courses offered as you meet and study with people from different countries and cultures in the International Summer School.
France, Lyon: ESDES School of Business and Management Study in English in France’s third-largest city with ESDES, School of Business and Management. Explore French culture and city life. Germany, Heidelberg: University of Heidelberg Take classes through the University of Heidelberg and visit the Old Town’s museums, shops and restaurants as you live and learn in a city known for its student culture. Italy, Assisi: Contemporary Italy: Language and Culture This program is designed to help students achieve three basic goals: proficiency in the Italian language, an understanding of the Italian people and their culture, and a deeper awareness of their own culture. Experience Italy with its charming piazzas, winding streets and stunning vistas. Jordan, Amman: Arabic Language As the capital city of Jordan, Amman has a history that dates back at least 5,000 years. Learn about its progress while honing your skills in the Arabic language. The academic program is supplemented with trips to Jordan’s archaeological, historical and natural wonders. Semester at Sea Explore global academic issues in a comparative context as you visit many countries on a semester-long voyage. Choose from courses in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, biology, theater, history, communications, music and business. Senegal, Dakar: Senegalese Studies Live and study in the French-speaking West African country of Senegal and immerse yourself in French and Wolof, the Senegalese language. Gain a greater understanding of issues facing the country by taking a broad range of coursework.
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