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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Granada, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; Marrakech, Morocco; Porto, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Course Description


GBL 233 IS   MEDITERRANEAN: Where East Meets West (ELR)   4 S.H.
In this course, we study the impact of globalization on societies and institutions in and around the Mediterranean, the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia. Throughout history, this region has been dynamic culturally, economically, and politically through cultural exchanges between the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Arabic, Berber, and Turkish peoples to name a few.  This land has been the conduit for the trade of goods, ideas, technology and culture for thousands of years linking Asia, Africa and Europe.  Here east meets west, ancient cultures are influenced by modern waves of globalization and unique traditions are either lost or preserved. Globalization has created a world where businesses and markets can no longer operate independent of culture. Maintaining identities, culturally and economically, while participating in global markets, has influenced the way international business is conducted today. This course provides a context in which we can begin to address the historical, political, and economic relationship between countries are in or influence the Mediterranean region.  We plan to uncover what connects these countries, while appreciating their differences historically, culturally and politically.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 133

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 will meet on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:15 PM, location TBA.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Tuesdays from 05:30-07:10 PM. Location TBA.

Activity Level: Challenging

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as challenging, which means walking is the best way to get to know a new place. Be prepared for a good physical challenge and to spend the entire day on the move, whether it’s public transit, city streets or village cobblestones.   




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.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 2 - January 24, 2019.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is Newark, New Jersey (EWR).
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



Students will travel to Madrid, the capital of central Spain well known for its modern cosmopolitan feel, but also with its ancient European influences seen in the museums of Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish artists. The European feel to the city is also very prevalent in the Old Hapsbug part of Madrid where we will visit the Royal Palace and the Armory. We will visit US based companies as well as local industries and social organizations in an effort to comprehend the complexities of modern day Spain as part of the European Union. We will explore modern Madrid and observe the western influences in the bustling city and prepare ourselves to contrast it with southern Spain that has more of the old Arabic and Moorish influences in comparison. We will walk through Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza Mayor, and visit Mercado San Miguel where the cast iron market invites you to grab tapas and visit the local fruit and vegetable stalls.
We will also visit the city of Toledo, known for the medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian influences within the walled city. The Moorish influences emerge in this city and all the different cultures intertwine beautifully in this city which can be seen while visiting Alcazar and the cathedral de Toledo, amazing gothic and Moorish architecture.
We continue in the theme of the Moorish influences in the town of Granada, in southern Spain where the beautiful Alhambra royal palace is breathtaking in its grandeur and in its architecture that dates back to the Moorish occupation of Spain. We will visit local industries as well while in Granada to again discuss the impact that globalization and international business play on the cultural heritages of these places, and vice versa. 

WT17 Alhambra 2
The Alhambra, Granada, Spain 

In Marrakech we will experience a meeting of the old and the new. This is the famous 'Red City' due to its ochre walls and buildings. Here we can visit the Ben Youssef Medersa (school) and see where students studied from the 14th century. We will also meet current Moroccan students and speak with them about what it means to be Muslim, women's rights within Islam, current dating practices, HipHop in Morocco, etc. We will visit the lively souks (markets) and learn the importance of bargaining, both as a cultural practice and a way of life.  Of course we will visit the World Heritage Jemaa El Fna plaza, which by day features snake charmers, acrobats and monkey handlers and at night becomes a big open-air dining area. We will learn about history with a guided tour of Bahia Palace and a visit to the Koutoubia minaret, Marrakech's famous landmark. We will also learn about modern Morocco in lectures with economics professors to find out how Morocco is coping with modernization, tourism, and international terrorism. We'll stay in a riad, a traditional Moroccan home updated to a modern boutique hotel. We'll ride camels and try camel burgers, we'll eat couscous, tajine and pastilla and get to know the sights of the city. We will get henna tattoos (they're temporary, but traditional) and learn more about Morocco and its people. Outside the city, we will experience rural Morocco and see how that style of life is changing and find a more traditional way of life and more conservative values. A visit to Marrakech is an opportunity to experience modern and traditional in one place, to see history side-by-side with state of the art technology. It's a place to meet people and have your doubts resolved while creating more questions. It's a learning experience where education is fun and comes via the five senses
In the end, students will have experienced different historical and archaeological sites and learned about the local industry, international business, tourism, and the impact of social changes and the impact of the European union and the trade patterns with northern Africa as they journey through these three very different countries.  

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

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. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Mark Kurt
Professor of Economics
Koury Business Center 134
2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 
(336) 278-5915


Program Leader 2: Tina Das
Department of Economics
CB 2075, KOBC 132

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)



Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

Study abroad has been the most influential experience within my studies at Elon and has propelled to feel more passionate in all aspects of my life.
     — Caroline Lane, Winter 2018
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/04/2018 01/27/2018
NOTE: See the Deadlines Webpage for Winter Term 2019 information.
Winter 2019 09/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2019 01/24/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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