This Winter Term service-learning study abroad course to Kerala, India, includes an intense service-learning project. Elon students will monitor activities related to hands-on science exhibits in a traveling science center. The target audience for the traveling science center are middle school children. The service-learning project will be done in collaboration with local high school students. Elon students will prepare for the project during fall 2015 GBL 136 orientation classes. The exhibits and materials for the traveling science center will be brought with the class to India. Elon students will develop an appreciation for the importance of inquiry-based approaches to science education. Enrolled Elon students need not be science nor education majors. Furthermore, through close interactions with our partners, and through contacts with school children and teachers, Elon students will develop an appreciation for the lifestyle in Kerala, for the concerns and aspirations of their Indian peers, and for the development successes, needs, and strategies in the state. The importance of education to development will be examined in detail. Students will also explore local culture, history, political history and structures, effects of tourism, and the role of NGO’s in the developing world. The south Indian state of Kerala borders the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountains. In spite of its relative poverty and a high population density, Kerala is a model for social development. High literacy rate, long life expectancy, low birth rate, and a high Human Development Index are attributed to a complex set of factors to be explored in the course. This course is an approved service-learning course.
Prerequisite: GBL 136. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Science (non-lab) requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Counts toward Asian Studies minor.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
Enjoy tours of the city.
Present science exhibits at the National Institute of Speech and Hearing to hearing impaired college students.
Present science exhibits at St. Johns Secondary School.
Present science exhibits at a Montessori type school known as Shantinikethan.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Varkala and the warm waters of the Arabian Sea.
Present science exhibits at Shoranur schools.
Enjoy tours of the city.
Visit Cochin University's Science and Technology Park and enjoy a Kathakali presentation.
Enjoy Cochin on your own-Independent Study.
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Enjoy tours of the city.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
February 28, 2017: All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs.
11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline. All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.
March 28, 2017: Notification begins. The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
March 28, 2017: Change period begins. Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28).
March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins. New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
September 4, 2017: Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs. Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
September 14, 2017: Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs. Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.
It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.
SPRING MEETING INFORMATION
The spring meeting date, time, and location to be announced.
FALL COURSE MEETING INFORMATION
The fall pre-departure course will take place on Fridays (beginning Sept. 1) at 8-9:10 A.M., location to be announced.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
September 4 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
September 15 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.
Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.278.5300.
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in the fall semester tuition/bill).
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.
Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.
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For More Information
Program Leader 1: Crista Arangala
Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
CB 2320, Duke 209F
Program Leader 2: Jan Mays
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6692 (fax) email@example.com
This was an unmatched experience to get to truly focus in on an aspect of Indian culture, and not just the whole country but a specific state. The level of familiarity you gain with the country and the region in only three weeks is unparalleled. It broadens your understanding and concept of the world in general, but also connects you as a student and a person to some amazing places and people that you would never meet or see any other way. My experience in India has been life changing, but more than that it has helped to define me as a student and helped me set some post-graduate goals. I could not recommend this experience to anyone else more- if given the chance I think every student should take this opportunity.