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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Granada, Spain; Kalamata, Greece; Madrid, Spain; Marrakech, Morocco; Nauplion, Greece
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Course Description

GBL 233 IS   EUROMED: Where East Meets West (ELR)   4 S.H.

The Mediterranean region intersects Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East with Greece and Turkey at the cross roads. This land has been the conduit for the trade of goods, ideas, and culture for thousands of years with a strong heritage that merges Greek and Roman antiquities with Arabic influences. Modern Turkey, driven by economic growth, has emerged as political power in the region attempting to project a stabilizing influence along the ancient Silk Road and beyond. Greece on the other hand has had a strong influence in the region historically and is part of the European Union. Greece and Turkey share a unique history in the region which is ever changing and dynamic. In this course, students will be exposed to the modern-day complexities rooted in the ancient historical past of this region. The course will provide a context in which to understand how international trade, business and economic activity influence culture, politics, wealth, and society across this region. Students will learn how long-standing traditions and ancient culture uniquely characterize these countries as they find their place in the global economy. The itinerary will be an engaging combination of guided historical sights and museums, university visits and an array of business visits ranging from talks with entrepreneurs to cottage industry to large multinational firms with a global presence.
Prerequisite: GBL 133. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.

  • 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.

Tentative Itinerary

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
We will travel to Athens where we will be transported back in time, tracing history through the Parthenon in the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch, and temple of Olympia Zeus. We will also be immersed in Athens' cultural scene with a live performance at the Olympia Theater and evening activities. The experience continues with the sights and sounds of the Plaka and the Agora-Athens and the Monastiraki markets. Students will spend time at Psiri visiting the endless cafes, tavernas, and restaurants, and experience sunset over the temple of Poseidon at Souinan. In Athens we will visit banks and EU-based organizations in order to understand the current problems the nation faces as part of the EU consortium and how it lies at a crossroad of old and new. We will discuss Greece the currency crisis they are currently facing and begin to understand the dynamics of businesses operating in both countries. 
Beyond Athens we will travel to the breathtaking monasteries precariously positioned atop spires of rock in Meteora where the religious past and present of Greece coalesce, followed by a visit to the spectacular ancient ruins of Delphi with stunning views of cliffs taking us back to Greece's ancient past. From Delphi we travel via ferry to the western Greek island of Corfu. Corfu is a stunning island and very important port and connection to Europe. We will be visiting local cottage industries and villages experiencing life beyond the major metropolis of Athens and learning how the modern influences of the European Union may or may not have reached these areas. In addition, we will continue to discuss how the current financial crisis is affecting both businesses and everyday life in Greece.
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.

Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • 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.

Pre-departure Course: GBL 133

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 

This meeting date, time, and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information 

This course will meet on Mondays, beginning on September 4, 2017, from 5:30-7:10 P.M.

Cancellation Policy

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

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • 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 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). 

The cost for this program is to be determined.

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.

Additional Links

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!

For More Information 

Program Leader 1: Tina Das
Department of Economics
CB 2075, KOBC 132

Program Leader 2: Mark Kurt
Professor of Economics
Koury Business Center 134
2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 
(336) 278-5915

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


Great experience, Met a slew of new students who have become good friends of mine, and an unparalleled opportunity to travel the world in great fashion.
     — Connor Gress, Winter 2016
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 01/26/2018
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.

    ** 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.

    Indicates that deadline has passed

    This program is currently not accepting applications.